The importance of practicing proper foot care during the aging process is a key factor in maintaining overall health. There are simple methods to implement that can help the feet to feel good and stay healthy, including washing them daily, trimming the toenails properly, and using a good moisturizer. It can help to get routine foot massages, as these can be beneficial in promoting good circulation. Additionally, research has shown circulation is improved when the feet are frequently elevated. If there is noticeable foot pain, it is imperative the condition is identified as quickly as possible, so proper treatment can begin. When shoes fit correctly, uncomfortable foot conditions, including bunions, blisters, and hammertoes, may be prevented. If you would like more information about how to care for elderly feet, please speak with a podiatrist.
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 Foot & Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical. 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.
- 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 offices located in Wayne, Paramus, Clifton, Montclair, Clifton, Edison, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.