Maintaining healthy feet as you age is an important way to improve overall well-being. Normal changes like foot widening, thinning skin, and reduced padding are common in older adults. However, wearing proper footwear, including well-fitted shoes and custom orthotic inserts, can help to alleviate discomfort. Establishing a regular foot care routine, including washing, moisturizing, and trimming the toenails, is essential. Engaging in light exercise promotes circulation and flexibility, benefiting foot health as well as overall well being. Be vigilant for abnormal signs, such as persistent sores, joint pain, bunions, hammertoes, or frequent falls, which may indicate underlying health issues that require medical attention. Regular podiatric check-ups are a good way to monitor foot health and address concerns as they arise. Opt for foot-friendly shoes with a wide toe box and low heels to reduce pressure and minimize the risk of falls. For help with any foot problems that arise as you age, it is suggested you schedule regular visits with a podiatrist.
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 Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. 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.
- 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 Montgomery, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.