Foot problems can become more commonplace as we get older. As we age, “our feet are prone to many conditions that can cause discomfort and impact mobility.” It’s important for older adults to see a geriatrician to monitor their feet. Although a foot problem may not seem serious, unforeseen complications can lead to eventual disability if not diagnosed and treated. “We’ve learned that sometimes it’s not the foot disorder but the accompanying pain that is the real problem,” says Dr. Marian Hannan, Co-Director of Musculoskeletal Research Center and Senior Scientist at IFAR.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles see one of our podiatrists from Wayne Foot and Ankle Center, P.A. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.
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 threating 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
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.