Research has indicated the number of foot conditions can increase as the aging process occurs. The feet may gradually lose cushioning, and the nails to become dry and brittle. Additionally, existing foot wounds may take longer to heal as a result of reduced blood circulation. The feet will generally feel better when the shoes that are worn are comfortable and are the correct size in both length and width. Some elderly people do not take the time to get fitted for shoes, and may continue to wear shoes they have outgrown. This can lead to possibly developing unpleasant foot conditions that may consist of bunions, ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses. Many elderly people may spend the majority of the day sitting in a chair and can develop poor circulation. This may be avoided by performing gentle exercises and stretches and incorporating walking into the daily routine. There are simple methods to care for feet as they age, and if you would like to know more about how to implement these, please confer 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 the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. 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 office located in New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.