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Common Foot Ailments in Elderly Individuals

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As we age, our bodies undergo various changes, and the feet are often affected. Elderly individuals usually experience common foot ailments that can significantly impact their mobility and quality of life. Among these ailments are bunions, which are painful bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe, often causing discomfort and difficulty in wearing shoes. Another prevalent issue is plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, leading to heel pain, especially with the first steps in the morning. Additionally, corns and calluses frequently develop due to friction and pressure, causing thickened and hardened areas of skin that can be painful to walk on. It is vital for elderly individuals to seek proper care and treatment for these foot ailments to alleviate discomfort and maintain their mobility and independence for as long as possible. If you are elderly and have developed foot pain or specific foot conditions, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you relief options, in addition to guiding you on exceptional foot care practices.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert 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.

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 office located in Gilbert, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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