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Elderly Foot Care

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Maintaining proper foot health is crucial for elderly individuals as it ensures comfort, mobility, and independence. If a senior has a caregiver, they can play a vital role in assisting them with their foot care between podiatrist appointments and pedicures. Incorporating a regular foot care routine can significantly benefit their overall well-being. Foot soaks can be a soothing and effective way to soften toenails before trimming them straight across and filing the edges. This helps prevent ingrown toenails and ensures proper nail maintenance. Moisturizing the feet regularly is essential to prevent cracked heels, which can be uncomfortable and lead to complications. Foot massages are not only a luxurious treat but also aid in improving blood circulation, relieving tension, and providing comfort to aging feet. Gently massaging the feet can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity for both seniors and caregivers. Choosing supportive footwear that fits well is essential for seniors. Ill-fitting shoes can cause discomfort and increase the risk of foot problems and falling. In addition to regular at-home foot care, regular check-ups and preventative care advice from a podiatrist can help identify and address potential foot issues before they become more significant problems.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Edward D. Hutson from Easton, PA. . 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 offices located in Easton, and Northampton, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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