14 Aug Senior Citizen Foot Care
In the older adult, overall health becomes a greater concern as many try to maintain a better quality of life. Foot health and proper foot care, however, are aspects of overall health that many senior citizensAnchor often neglect. Foot injury, neglect, and disease are often at the root of mobility problems; therefore, the need to maintain proper foot care is especially important for the elderly.
Regularly cleaning and examining the feet for changes or irregularities is a simple act the older adult can make to begin proper foot care and maintain foot health. To keep the skin from cracking, itching, and drying out, use mild soaps followed with lotion. Making sure that the feet are not always moist and kept dry will help prevent the formation of a fungal infection. Keeping the feet warm will ensure good circulation, and keeping toenails properly trimmed can help prevent problems such as ingrown toenails and toe pain.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to maintain. For more information, consult with Dr. Donald C. Stran, D.P.M.of Texas, Dr. Stran will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.
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
- Pressure sores
- Loss of circulation in legs & feet
- Edema & swelling of feet and ankle
- 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, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.