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Athlete’s foot is a fairly well-known condition that reduces the health of the feet. It is spread in warm, moist environments, and is ultimately caused by a fungal infection. If you are a senior citizen or are caring for one, it is important to know that seniors might be more susceptible to athlete’s foot than the general public. There are several reasons for this. Most importantly, athlete’s foot can thrive in shoes and feet when they are not regularly cleaned and dried. Sometimes, certain senior citizens lack the mobility and flexibility to regularly clean and dry their own feet. As a result, the senior becomes even more susceptible to developing athlete’s foot. If you are a senior struggling with athlete’s foot, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.


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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