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The Importance of Elderly Foot Care

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

As we age, foot problems can pose significant challenges, making it harder to maintain physical activity and increasing the risk of falls. Conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, and warts can cause discomfort and hinder mobility, impacting overall quality of life. To ensure healthy and pain-free feet, maintaining proper foot hygiene by keeping the feet clean and dry and regularly trimming toenails to prevent ingrown nails is even more important. However, seeking professional care is equally important. Regular visits to a podiatrist can help detect and address foot issues early, preventing them from worsening and reducing the risk of complications. Podiatrists can provide personalized advice on foot care, recommend appropriate footwear, and offer treatments tailored to individual needs, promoting optimal foot health and mobility in older adults. If you are elderly or taking care of someone in this age group, it is strongly suggested that you incorporate regular visits to a podiatrist into your healthcare routine.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor 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-threatening 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 Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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