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How to Avoid Potential Foot Conditions in Elderly People

It is normal for the feet to flatten and become wider as the aging process occurs. As the fatty padding gradually wears down, the joints and bones of the feet are more susceptible to basic wear and tear. Range of motion and balance may be negatively affected, and injuries can happen more frequently. Foot care for the elderly can start with washing and drying the feet thoroughly every day, and this may be helpful in preventing bacterial, fungal , and viral infections. This is generally followed by applying a good moisturizer on the feet, which may help to prevent cracked heels from developing. Many people wear cotton socks after this, and this can help to lock in the moisture. When the toenails are properly trimmed, conditions that can include ingrown toenails may be avoided. Many elderly people are confined to a bed or chair for the majority of the day, and bedsores on the heels may develop as a result of this. This can be remedied by raising the heels in the air, which is known as “floating the heels’.  There are additional ways that can help elderly patients take proper care of their feet, and it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist to learn about these methods.

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 Pennsylvania Foot & Ankle. 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-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 Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Port Richmond, Philadelphia, and Hamilton, New Jersey . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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