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Common Foot Problems in Aging Feet

Foot care among the elderly is essential to lessen the effects of common problems that can significantly impact mobility and comfort. These can include osteoarthritis, which causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, making it difficult to walk. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, leads to poor circulation, resulting in leg pain, cramping, and slow-healing sores. Neuropathy, often associated with diabetes, causes numbness, tingling, and burning sensations, increasing the risk of unnoticed injuries. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by sharp heel pain, especially in the morning or after long periods of rest. Additionally, Achilles tendonitis causes pain and stiffness along the back of the heel, often worsening with activity. These conditions highlight the importance of regular foot care, wearing appropriate footwear, and medical attention to manage symptoms and maintain foot health in older adults. If you are elderly and are experiencing any type of foot discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you appropriate treatment methods.

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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