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How to Prevent Foot Ailments in the Elderly Population

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 00:00

The importance of properly taking care of your feet is crucial to overall foot health, and it amplifies as the aging process occurs. Research has shown women to have approximately four times as many foot conditions than men, and this may be due to wearing high heels for many years, which may not allow adequate room for the toes to move about in. Aging may cause the feet to change sizes, and this may be a result of the feet becoming flattened and spread out as time evolves. Wearing shoes that do not fit properly can cause corns to form, and this is mainly because of increased friction the toes may bear. Additionally, a fungus may develop that is known as Athlete's foot, and this is extremely contagious and may be prevented by wearing appropriate shoes in public pools and surrounding areas. It is suggested to consult with a podiatrist for additional information on how to avoid potential foot ailments in elderly people.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Morris Stribling from Foot Care of Central San Antonio. Our doctor 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 threating 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 our office located in Central San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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