As adults become older, the desire to keep constant check of one’s health also grows. Many older adults often neglect proper foot care, however, and foot injury, neglect and disease are major factors contributing to mobility concerns in older adults. Caring for your feet as you age should be a top priority.
Healthy seniors should monitor foot health by regularly cleaning and examining the feet for any changes or irregularities. The use of mild soaps followed with lotion will help keep the skin from drying out, cracking, and itching, and taking care to ensure that feet remain dry will help keep fungal infections at bay. Ensuring that the feet are kept warm will also increase circulation. Regardless of age, properly trimmed toenails can help prevent issues such as ingrown toenails and toe pain.
The maintenance of proper foot health is essential for the older adult. To learn more about senior foot care, speak to one of our podiatrists of Foot HealthCare Associates for treatment. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
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.
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
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.
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