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My mother-in-law age 88 has not had her feet cared for the past 8 months.
Should she see a podiatrist for an evaluation of any foot problems? She is very tottery when she walks and claims that her knees hurt. Her doctor gave her a prescription for Meloxicam 7.5mg which she takes 1per day. She claims that she won't have any surgery on her knees. She only takes a Benicar 1 daily and Levothroxine 1 daily.

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Seniorseeker, sometimes foot issues can be as simple as to what type of shoe mother-in-law is wearing.

I know for myself, I need to wear what I call "nun shoes" which are sturdy with tie laces. I use to like to go bare foot around the house, but those days are starting to number, I feel much safer wearing shoes.

As Jessie above had mentioned, a Podiatrist to check the toe nails. A nail that is digging in can make walking painful.

As for knee pain, my Dad had that issue and he was given a prescription for Voltaren Gel, to which he called liquid gold as it worked really good on his knees. If your Mom has bone on bone in her knees, now a days there is a jell that can be put into the knees to help cushion the bone on bone.
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It wouldn't hurt to see a podiatrist to do the nails and have a general foot wellness check. He/she won't be able to do anything about the knees, though, unless they are related to the foot problems.
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Does she have diabetes? I am a Type I diabetic and my Endocrinologist checks my feet for sensation and anything unusual, when I see her. A Primary doctor should be able to do that too. I have seen a Podiatrist before, for a foot problem, but, I would prefer to see a regular doctor. That's just me, though. I suppose that podiatrist help some people. I wasn't impressed.
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