How to Care For Elderly Feet

Monday, 05 March 2018 00:00

One of the best things we can do for our feet is choose shoes that fit comfortably. Recent research has shown that our feet get wider as we age, so it’s suggested to have the feet measured frequently. Additionally, it’s beneficial to avoid wearing high heels and shoes that fit tightly. Shoes may fit differently because the skin on the feet may lose elasticity and the nails may become brittle. It’s important to stay as active as possible to help poor circulation, which is a common ailment among seniors. Athlete’s foot is a commonplace among the elderly population and can cause considerable discomfort. Simple preventative measures include keeping the skin clean and drying thoroughly in between the toes, which is especially helpful. Diabetic patients need to be very aware of any sores that may appear. Consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for correct treatment options on how to care for your feet.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, and Orlando, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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