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North Miami Beach geriatric podiatrist

North Miami Beach Geriatric Podiatrist

Geriatric foot care in North Miami Beach

Dr. Merrick L. Horn understands how important it is for the elderly to maintain good foot health. He has been a leading North Miami Beach geriatric podiatrist for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and hammertoes, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients, young and old.

As life expectancy has increased, so has the wear and tear on the feet. Impairment of the lower extremities is a leading cause of activity limitation in older people. And a recent study reported that one-fourth of all nursing home patients cannot walk at all, while another one-sixth can walk only with assistance. Dr. Horn, the leading North Miami Beach geriatric podiatrist, has years of experience working with and taking care of the foot needs of his older patients. There are hundreds of different foot ailments. Some can be traced to heredity, but for an aging population, most of these ailments stem from the cumulative effect of years of neglect or abuse such as wearing ill-fitting shoes. However, even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully, and the pain of foot ailments relieved.

Whether due to neglect or abuse, the normal wear and tear through the years causes changes in feet. As persons age, their feet tend to spread, and lose the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet. Additional weight can affect the bone and ligament structure. Older people, consequently, should have their feet measured for shoe sizes more frequently, rather than presuming that their shoe sizes remain constant. Dry skin and brittle nails are other conditions older people commonly face. Finally, it’s a fact that women, young and old, have four times as many foot problems as men, and high heels are often the culprits. This North Miami Beach geriatric podiatrist understands that preventive foot health care has many benefits. Chief among them are that it can increase comfort, limit the possibility of additional medical problems, reduce the chances of hospitalization because of infection, and lessen requirements for other institutional care. Come in for a check-up today and enjoy your active lifestyle.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189

Pediatric foot care in Miami

Sports Medicine Miami

Sports medicine in Miami

At the offices of Merrick L. Horn, our sports doctor practices the best in sports medicine Miami. There are many different conditions that can affect the foot and require the need for sports medicine. We specialize in a variety of foot ailments and provide advanced treatments that will have you feeling better and back on your feet in no time.

It’s a fact that the average American walks up to 75,000 miles by the time they’re 50. That’s why it’s so important that we take care of our feet and make sure they’re able to carry us for even longer distances. Some of the common conditions that our sports medicine Miami doctor treats are arthritis, foot and ankle injuries, diabetes and toenail conditions. Arthritis can affect the feet by swelling the cartilage and joint lining in the foot, which leads to inflammation and an increase of fluid, making it harder to walk. And with diabetes being so prevalent in today’s society, foot care is more important than ever. A patient with diabetes should have a good podiatrist who can check their feet periodically and provide wound and ulcer care if needed. Because many diabetics suffer from peripheral neuropathy, it can affect the nerves in their toes and fingertips.

Other conditions our sports medicine Miami doctor treats are Athlete’s foot, a skin disease caused by exposure to fungus and commonly found in warm, moist areas such as locker rooms and showers. Bunions and hammer toes are another common ailment. A bunion is an enlarged joint on the toe, which can be painful and affect footwear, and hammer toes are bent toes that are contracted at the toe joint. Both can be fixed with orthotic footwear, or in more severe cases, surgery. We also treat toenail fungus, ingrown toenails and nail conditions that affect the nail bed, making it painful to wear shoes.

909 North Miami Beach Blvd., Suite 401
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 949-4189