The feet are the base of our body. They carry our weight and get us from place to place. The older one is, the more wear and tear of life will show up on their feet. The feet change as people age, so it is common that foot padding is thinner and does not provide the cushioning of younger years. More pain may be felt in the foot and heel because of this. A senior may be prone to Morton's neuroma, which is a thickening of the nerve between the third and fourth toe on the bottom of the foot. It may feel like walking on a pebble, and it can be painful. Cracked heels is yet another common plague of aging. Mature skin has less oil and is drier. The skin on the feet may harden, crack, and hurt. In severe cases, fissures may develop, and care has to be taken to prevent potential infections. If you are older, it is suggested that you include a podiatrist on your health care team. This foot care expert can examine your feet regularly, teach you how to prevent foot problems from happening, and treat any that do occur.
If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.
Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.
It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.
Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities.
Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.
Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.