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Lending a Hand to Care for Feet in the Elderly

Helping your favorite senior citizen take care of their feet can improve their quality of life, help keep them safe and comfortable, and may even lead to early detection of systemic conditions that affect the feet. To protect their feet from injury, make sure they wear properly-fitted shoes at all times. Socks should not be tight at the ankle or leg, and they should be the moisture-wicking kind that transfers moisture to the outside of the sock. Keep their toenails trimmed, but not too short, to avoid ingrown toenails. Have them do stretches a few times a day for their feet and toes to keep the blood flowing (a podiatrist should be consulted first) and reward them with a relaxing foot bath which can relieve muscles and soothe bunions and dry skin. It is important to examine the bottom of the older adult’s feet regularly to check for cracks, cuts, blisters and sores and bring them to a podiatrist if anything unusual or concerning develops.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Richard T. Bauer from Summit Foot & Ankle. 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 office located in Latham, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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