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Why Elderly People Are Under the Care of a Podiatrist

Research has indicated there are many thousands or even millions of steps that adults have walked by the age of 50. It is common for people to have foot pain at one or more points in their lives, despite the fact it is not normal, even as the aging process occurs. Foot care in the elderly often starts with washing and drying the feet daily, followed by using a good moisturizer. It is crucial to cut the toenails straight across instead of having the toenails stay curved. This technique may be helpful in preventing a painful ingrown toenail from developing. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly and are comfortable, which may help to avoid corns and calluses. A good shoe to wear can have qualities consisting of having at least one inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe, a firm heel, and a flexible shoe box. Many elderly people choose to be under a podiatrist’s care, and this is helpful in treating existing foot ailments and possibly preventing future foot pain. If your loved one is diabetic or has any type of foot condition, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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