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Routine Foot Care Tips for Elderly People

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Foot pain for various reasons can be common among the senior population. Some of these can include a loss of padding in the heel area as the aging process happens or from existing medical conditions. Diabetes, poor circulation, and arthritis can be common conditions among people in this age bracket, and this may lead to developing foot problems. Practising a good foot care routine is beneficial which may help prevent unwanted foot conditions. This can begin with washing and drying the feet daily, then inspecting the soles using a mirror. This is helpful in noticing any existing cuts, bruises, and scrapes. Additionally, trimming the toenails weekly may help to avoid an ingrown toenail from occurring. If you would like more information about elderly foot care, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can address any questions you may have.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor 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 Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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