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Foot Care Tips for Elderly People

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

As you age, your feet undergo changes that require extra care and attention. To maintain healthy feet in your senior years, effective strategies can be implemented. Regularly inspecting your feet for cuts, sores, or signs of infection, and promptly addressing any issues helps to prevent complications. Keep your feet clean and dry to prevent fungal infections, especially between the toes. Moisturize your skin, and avoid applying lotion between the toes, as excessive moisture can lead to fungal growth. Trim your toenails carefully to prevent ingrown nails or infections. Choose footwear that is comfortable and supportive, with ample room for your toes and cushioned soles. Orthotic insoles can provide additional support and alleviate discomfort. Lastly, engage in gentle foot exercises to maintain flexibility and circulation, such as ankle rolls and toe stretches. By adopting these practices, you can ensure your senior feet remain comfortable and healthy for years to come. It is suggested that you contact a podiatrist if you are interested in learning about additional senior foot care tips.

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 North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. 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 our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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