What to Ask: Foot Problems

Foot problems are common among older adults and can lead to both pain and disability, and almost always cause difficulty walking for older adults. When foot problems limit your activity and do not get better, a visit to a healthcare provider is in order.  The medical study of the feet and their problems is called podiatry. Physicians who specialize in podiatry are called podiatrists.

Here are questions you can ask the podiatrist about foot problems:

  1. What are some common foot problems that occur in older adults?
  2. How can I prevent developing foot problems?
  3. I am diabetic and my doctor said I have to care for my feet. Why?
  4. In shopping for good shoes, what should I look for?