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The Importance of Foot Care in Seniors

As one gets older, caring for the feet becomes more and more important. A daily regimen of foot care is recommended by experts in geriatrics. Inspecting the feet for cuts, bruises, and sores is something that should be done every day, either by yourself or by a caregiver. Many older people develop underlying conditions that contribute to foot problems that if ignored can have serious repercussions, including numbness, inability to feel hot and cold temperatures, and increased risk of falling. For this reason, maintaining both a healthy diet and doing low-impact exercises regularly can go a long way to keeping you mobile, independent, and able to carry out daily activities. Wearing supportive shoes with ample cushioning is suggested, and going barefoot is to be avoided if possible. If your feet are in constant pain, if they are numb, or if you have sores that take a long time to heal, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. 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-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 our office located in Hicksville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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