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Essential Foot Care For Elderly Individuals

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

As we age, proper foot care becomes increasingly vital for maintaining overall health and mobility. Elderly feet are more susceptible to issues ranging from arthritis and reduced circulation to thinner skin and diminished sensation. Essential foot care practices for the senior years can begin with inspecting the feet regularly for any cuts, sores, or changes in skin color or temperature. It is beneficial for any signs of infection or injury to be promptly addressed. Toenails should be trimmed but not too short to prevent ingrown nails. Moisturize feet daily to prevent dryness and cracking, but ensure the areas between the toes remain dry to prevent fungal infections. Choose shoes that fit properly and provide support and cushioning as well. Custom orthotic inserts can help with arch support and stability. Regular, gentle foot exercises can improve circulation and mobility. Prioritizing proper foot care can enhance the quality of life for elderly individuals, helping them stay active and independent. It is suggested to seek regular check-ups with a podiatrist who can diagnose and address foot issues.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Ahmad Elsamad, DPM from The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery . 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 our offices located in Merrillville, and Munster, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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