Elderly patients may find that life is easier when attention is paid to their feet. The shape of the feet can change as the aging process occurs, and balance and range of motion may also be affected. Seniors' feet may flatten or become wide. Injuries may happen to the bones and joints as the fatty padding wears down. It is wise to practice elderly foot care tips, and the first step to implement is washing and drying the feet, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Foot conditions like ingrown toenails may be avoided when the nails are trimmed straight across and not too short. Some patients develop bed sores on their feet from resting them on a pillow for extended periods. This can be alleviated by lifting the ankles away from the pillow. Additional methods can be implemented to practice proper foot care, and it is suggested that a podiatrist is contacted who can offer guidance.
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 Houston Foot and Ankle Care. 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 offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.