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Essential Senior Foot Care Tips

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

As we gracefully age, caring for our feet becomes an integral aspect of maintaining overall well-being. Elderly foot care is more than just a routine, it is a necessary practice that enhances mobility and quality of life. Regularly inspecting feet for any changes, such as cuts, blisters, or swelling, is a fundamental step. Proper hygiene, including thorough cleaning and drying, can help to prevent infections. Moisturizing keeps the skin supple and minimizes discomfort that is related to dryness. Choosing comfortable and supportive footwear, with cushioning and appropriate arch support, is vital to prevent foot pain. Trimming the toenails with care and seeking professional assistance for any foot concerns ensures comprehensive foot health. By embracing these tips, seniors can stride confidently and comfortably through the years, nurturing their feet as they continue their journey of graceful aging. If you would like additional tips on proper foot care for elderly people, it is suggested that you confer 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 John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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