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Maintaining proper foot care in elderly people can help prevent falls and injuries. Enduring a fall can affect the quality of life, and it can be difficult to complete daily activities. The muscle tissue in the feet can become thin as the aging process occurs, which may lead to a loss of feeling in the feet. It is beneficial to check the feet for any sores, cuts, or blisters that have developed, and this can be accomplished by using a mirror. A family member or caregiver may be able to help with this task by examining the soles of the feet. It is wise to wear shoes that fit correctly, which may aid in maintaining balance. Avoiding wearing shoes that are too tight may help to prevent blisters and corns from developing. Additionally, the feet will generally feel better when the toes are wiggled after sitting for long periods of time, and frequently elevating the feet may help to improve circulation. If you would like more information about how to care for elderly feet, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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