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The Importance of Caring for Elderly Feet

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Elderly feet require special attention and care due to the natural aging process and the accumulation of years of wear and tear. As individuals age, the skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity, making it more susceptible to injury and infection. Conditions like arthritis and diabetes, common among the elderly, further compound foot health issues, increasing the risk of complications such as neuropathy, deformities, and slow wound healing. Reduced mobility and circulation also contribute to foot ailments, including swelling, stiffness, and decreased sensation. Neglecting foot health can lead to discomfort, pain, and mobility limitations, significantly impacting quality of life. Regular foot inspections, proper hygiene, and wearing supportive footwear are essential preventative measures. Seeking prompt medical attention for any signs of infection, injury, or discomfort is essential to prevent complications and maintain overall well-being. If you are a senior, or caring for an elderly individual, it is suggested that routine visits are made to a podiatrist where various foot conditions can be treated.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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