The Importance of Caring for Elders’ Feet

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Daily activities may be more difficult to accomplish when the feet experience pain or discomfort. The feet are the foundation of the body, and research has shown that if they are properly taken care of the general health of the body will benefit. Elderly people may have difficulty in trimming their toenails correctly due to the inability to bend low enough to reach the feet. A condition referred to as neuropathy may produce numbness and tingling which may make it challenging to feel any pain or discomfort that may be present. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to take notice of any sores or changes of color on the feet, as this may possibly indicate serious health issues. Additionally, when good foot hygiene is practiced, the feet will not only feel good, but it may possibly prevent certain foot conditions from developing. This can be achieved by washing and soaking the feet in warm water, drying them completely, and then applying a moisturizer.

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 Palm Beach Podiatry. 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.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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 Boynton Loxahatchee and Fort Pierce, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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