A Question of Balance? Ask Our Podiatrist

February 28, 2024

Our bodies change in many ways as we age, and our feet and ankles are no exceptions. These changes can affect our balance, which can lead to unsteadiness. Fall injuries are disturbingly common among older adults, which is why visiting our podiatrist at Mark Costopoulos, DPM is an important first step in addressing issues that could lead to an accident that compromises your independence. 

A podiatrist specializes in all things related to the health and function of the feet and ankles. During a visit to our office, we’ll conduct a hands-on examination and evaluate your gait and balance by watching you walk, and recommend footwear that’s best for providing a strong foundation. It’s vital to maintain an active lifestyle as we age, and our podiatrist can help you put your best foot forward!

If you have conditions like arthritis, hammertoes or flat feet, your ability to distribute weight and maintain stability can be adversely affected. Custom-made orthotics can help address balance issues, and if indicated we may produce a program of exercises designed to strengthen leg and ankle muscles, or even recommend that you visit a physical therapist.

Patients with diabetes may be especially prone to balance problems because of neuropathy affecting their legs and feet, which makes an assessment by a podiatrist critically important. 

As always, taking early preventive action is the best strategy. Scheduling regular visits to our podiatrist after age 50 gives us an opportunity to intervene before a balance problem limits your mobility. 

Our podiatrist at Mark Costopoulos, DPM wants our patients to walk with confidence, stability and comfort, no matter their age. The National Institutes of Health recommends that healthy older adults take 7,000-10,000 steps each day. We are committed to helping each patient meet that goal as part of a healthy lifestyle that will last for years to come. Why not take that first important step by scheduling an appointment today? 

About Us

At our Manhattan Beach podiatry practice, your healthy feet are our priority. We believe strong, pain-free feet are the foundation for an active, fulfilling life. Our team utilizes the latest advancements to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot conditions. Whether you're experiencing heel pain, have concerns about diabetic foot care, or simply want to maintain healthy feet, schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards a life of comfort and mobility!