There are several reasons why elderly people may encounter foot problems. The fat pads in the feet may become thinner, and the skin may be drier. Severely cracked heels that are known as fissures may develop, and relief can come from using a good moisturizer. Many seniors have poor circulation, which may lead to the inability to feel existing cuts or wounds on the feet. One of the best things elderly people can do for their feet is to wear shoes and socks that fit correctly. Research has shown the feet become wider as the aging process occurs, and larger shoes may need to be purchased. It may be beneficial to lose extra weight which may help to prevent heel spurs and plantar fasciitis from developing. This is helpful in reducing the pressure the heels endure from completing daily activities. It is suggested that elderly people are under the regular care of a podiatrist who can identify potential foot problems, and offer effective prevention and treatment tips.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. 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.
- 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 Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.