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Essential Foot Care Tips for Elderly Individuals

As you age, elderly foot care becomes increasingly important for maintaining mobility and overall well-being. Elderly individuals are particularly susceptible to foot problems due to factors such as decreased circulation, thinning skin, and loss of natural cushioning. To promote foot health, it is essential for seniors to prioritize regular foot inspections, checking for any signs of redness, swelling, cuts, or sores. Keeping feet clean and moisturized can help prevent dryness and cracking, which can lead to infections. Wearing properly fitting shoes with adequate support and cushioning is vital for preventing foot pain and deformities. Additionally, it is beneficial for seniors to engage in gentle foot exercises, such as toe curls and ankle rotations, to improve circulation and flexibility. If foot pain or other conditions have developed, it is strongly suggested that you contact podiatrist who can offer relief methods and provide additional tips on elderly foot care.

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 Total Podiatry. 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 San Antonio, Uvalde, and Jourdanton, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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