Understanding Associated Foot Conditions From Aging Feet

As we age, our feet become silent witnesses to the passage of time, bearing the cumulative effects of a lifetime of activity. Elderly feet often exhibit a range of conditions that require attentive care. Arthritis, a common companion in the aging process, may lead to joint pain and reduced mobility. Circulatory issues, including peripheral artery disease, can compromise blood flow to the extremities, contributing to cold feet and slower healing. Corns and calluses become more prevalent due to changes in skin elasticity, while toenail issues, such as fungal infections or ingrown toenails, demand careful management. Additionally, reduced fat padding on the soles of the feet can lead to discomfort and heightened susceptibility to injuries. Understanding and addressing these conditions are paramount for ensuring the comfort and well-being of elderly individuals. If you would like more information about possible foot conditions that can affect the feet of elderly people, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

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.