The feet are the foundation of our bodies and overall health. If you help an elderly person care for their feet, some steps can be implemented to help achieve this goal. These steps include washing, drying, and moisturizing their feet daily, followed by a thorough examination. It is also important to trim the toenails properly, straight across, and not too short. If something does not look, feel, or smell properly, it is best to consult a podiatrist. Of particular significance is if the senior has a cut or wound that does appear to be healing. This can even be more serious if the person is diabetic. It is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who is an expert in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of any issues involving the feet.
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 Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. 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 one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.