Foot Care Tips for Seniors

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Foot Care Tips for Seniors

Healthy feet allow seniors to stay independent longer. Foot care is essential to reaching this goal and keeping senior feet comfortable and healthy. Since the feet take one through a lifetime of mobility, it stands to reason that aging feet need extra attention. Over time, feet become flatter and wider. The fatty padding on the foot naturally wears down, and the bones and joints are exposed to more wear and tear. Simple foot problems, like blisters, can interfere with mobility and balance in older adults. More serious foot conditions, like ingrown toenails, sprains, or fractures, can increase the risk of falling and result in various health conditions. Simple foot care tips to help keep feet as healthy as possible include washing, drying, and moisturizing the feet daily, trimming nails straight across, and examining the feet for abnormalities, such as sores. Wearing properly fitted shoes that are sturdy and low-heeled is recommended. If you are an older person or taking care of one, it is suggested that you include a podiatrist among the doctors you visit to monitor any problems brewing and continue caring for the feet.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact the podiatrists from Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Issaquah, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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