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Caring for Aging Feet

Elderly foot care is imperative due to the profound impact feet have on overall well-being. As the foundation of mobility, feet endure a lifetime of stress and strain, making them vulnerable to age-related changes and conditions. With advancing age, the body undergoes physiological changes, such as decreased skin elasticity and reduced water content in cells, which can contribute to common foot problems like dryness, calluses, and fungal infections. Additionally, structural changes, such as loss of fat padding and decreased circulation, can increase the risk of foot pain, ulcers, and injuries. Regular foot examinations by a podiatrist are essential for seniors to detect and address issues early, preventing complications and maintaining mobility and quality of life. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule routine visits with a podiatrist for guidance and treatment specialized for aging feet.

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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