Good Foot Care Habits Are Crucial for Seniors

Many elderly people who have chronic foot pain assume it is from the aging process. Any level of foot pain is considered to be abnormal, and it is beneficial to explore reasons why current foot pain exists. Having foot pain may be a gateway toward health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, or poor circulation, and addressing it as soon as possible may help to prevent these types of conditions from becoming worse. Good foot care habits for seniors can include trimming the toenails straight across instead of in a curved fashion, which may help to prevent ingrown toenails from developing. Additionally, after the feet are washed and dried daily, the soles can be inspected for any cuts or scrapes that have developed. It is beneficial to be under the care of a podiatrist during these years who can advise you on proper measures for implementing good foot care. It is important to choose shoes that have ample room for the toes to move freely in, with enough room to pinch the material on the sides or top of the shoe. If you have specific concerns about foot care for elderly people, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with expert knowledge.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. 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 Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.