As people age, their bodies undergo various changes, and the feet are no exception. Senior citizens often encounter a range of foot problems that can significantly effect their mobility and overall quality of life. One of the most common issues is arthritis, which can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced joint flexibility. Additionally, decreased blood circulation and thinner skin make seniors more susceptible to foot sores and slow wound healing. To prevent these conditions, seniors must prioritize foot care. This includes wearing comfortable, supportive shoes, maintaining proper hygiene, and inspecting their feet regularly for any signs of problems. Regular exercise can also help improve circulation and reduce the risk of foot ailments. By taking proactive steps to care for their feet, seniors can enjoy greater comfort and mobility. If you have questions about elderly foot care, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.
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 Bergen Foot & Ankle. 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 Fort Lee, NJ and Flushing, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.