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Foot Problems in the Elderly Population

The elderly are more prone to foot problems due to a combination of age-related physical changes, accumulated wear and tear, and other health factors. As people age, the skin becomes thinner, less elastic, and loses its natural oils, making it more susceptible to dryness, cracking, and infections. The fat pads on the bottom of the feet, which provide cushioning, tend to thin out, leading to decreased shock absorption and increased sensitivity to pressure points. Additionally, circulation can diminish, slowing down the healing process and increasing the risk of infections. Over time, joints can become stiff and lose their range of motion due to conditions such as arthritis. Chronic diseases including diabetes can also have significant effects on foot health, increasing vulnerability to nerve damage and poor circulation. Years of bearing body weight and wearing various types of footwear can result in structural changes like bunions, hammertoes, and collapsed arches. If you are elderly or taking care of an older person, it is suggested that you routinely schedule appointments with a podiatrist for examinations and regular foot care.

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.

Common Conditions 

  • 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

Susceptible Infections

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.

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