As one ages, taking care of the feet becomes increasingly important. Neglecting foot health can lead to discomfort and mobility issues. There are several valuable foot care tips for seniors to ensure their feet remain in good condition. Maintaining proper hygiene can be accomplished by washing the feet daily, drying them thoroughly, and applying a moisturizer to prevent dry, cracked skin. Regularly inspect the feet for any cuts, sores, or changes in color, which may be signs of underlying issues like diabetes or circulatory problems. Select comfortable, well-fitting shoes that have ample arch support and cushioning to reduce the risk of foot pain and deformities. Keep your toenails trimmed straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. If you have difficulty reaching your feet, seek assistance from a family member or caregiver. It is beneficial to engage in foot exercises that can help to improve circulation and maintain flexibility. If you would like more information about foot care tips for elderly people, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. 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.
- 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
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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.