Foot problems may increase among the senior population. This is often a result of thinning fat pads in the heel, and the foot structure may change as the aging process occurs. The circulation may diminish, and this can affect the healing of cuts and scrapes that are on the feet. Many people wear shoes that do not fit correctly, and they may gradually develop specific foot conditions that can worsen during their senior years. These can include bunions, corns, and hammertoes, and medical attention from a podiatrist is often sought. Toenail fungus may be common among elderly people, which may happen when the blood flow is reduced to the feet, possibly resulting in dry and brittle nails. It is strongly advised that older people are regularly seen by a podiatrist, who can diagnose and provide the correct treatment for any foot condition.
Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.
It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.
Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities.
Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.
Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.