Why Older Adults Need to Take Care Of Their Feet
Foot conditions in older adults are quite common. Poor foot health increases an elderly person’s risk of falling and can negatively affect their quality of life. The foot conditions that affect senior citizens can be caused by degradations in foot and ankle skin and structure, poor circulation, systemic disorders, and more. Regular foot care is very important for the elderly person, and if they are unable to properly attend to their own feet, a caretaker or loved one should do it. Feet should be kept clean and checked regularly to spot any changes. An older person should never be barefoot, their toenails should be trimmed regularly, and their socks should keep moisture away from their skin and not be too tight around the ankles. Feet should be measured every time they purchase shoes to ensure proper fit and account for feet spreading and changing with age. Shoes should offer support in the heel and arch and high heels should be avoided. Additionally, getting their feet examined by a podiatrist would be beneficial to address any foot pain they may be experiencing, and to also be fitted with custom orthotics to help correct alignment and stride issues to improve stability and comfort.
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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . 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.
- 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
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 our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.