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Essential Foot Care Tips for Seniors

As you age, your feet require extra attention and care to maintain mobility and overall well-being. Proper foot care is essential for seniors to prevent common issues such as foot pain, infections, and injuries. Regular inspection of the feet is vital, and this includes checking for cuts, sores, or signs of infection, especially for those with diabetes or circulatory issues. Keeping the feet clean and dry, including thorough drying between the toes, helps prevent fungal infections like athlete's foot. Seniors should wear comfortable, properly fitting shoes with adequate support and cushioning to reduce pressure and friction on the feet. Regular foot exercises and stretches can improve circulation, flexibility, and strength, enhancing balance and reducing the risk of falls. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and hydration supports overall foot health. If you are a senior experiencing foot pain, it is strongly suggested that routine appointments are scheduled with a podiatrist who can provide you with relief options.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. 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 Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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