Self care may decrease with elderly patients. This can be a result of having poor circulation, and it may be difficult to wash and dry the feet. Research has indicated that chronic medical conditions may increase in elderly patients, and this can make it difficult to practice proper foot care. There have been studies that have found improvements in blood circulation, walking ability, and muscle fatigue when good foot care is frequently performed. Flexibility and range of motion may be improved when specific foot stretches are performed. These can include pointing and flexing each foot, followed by moving them from right to left. It is beneficial to inspect the bottom of elderly patients feet for existing cuts, bruises, or sores that may have developed. This can be done by having a family member help, or by using a mirror. The feet will feel good and can positively affect the overall body when comfortable shoes are worn. If you have an elderly parent or friend that needs more information about how to properly care for their feet, please help them by scheduling 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 the podiatrists from Bayshore Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
The Elderly Patients 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 elderly patients to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.
- 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
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 Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.