Mobility is a critical aspect of maintaining independence and overall well-being as people age. Concerns about losing the ability to move freely can be a source of anxiety for many older adults. Factors such as changes in gait, balance, and physical strength can impact mobility, leading to increased falls and limitations in daily activities. This loss of mobility is associated with higher rates of disease, disability, hospitalization, and decreased quality of life. If you are a senior or taking care of one and want to learn more about what you can do to maintain mobility in terms of proper gait and balance, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to increase your chances of living independently and enjoying a good quality of life.
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.