Tending to the health of the feet is critical in helping seniors maintain balance, mobility, and independence for as long as possible. Senior feet need extra care since aging takes its toll on them. As one ages, the feet flatten and become wider. The padding on the foot wears away, and bones and joints are less protected. One foot injury or problem, such as an ingrown toenail, can lead to further health issues in this population. Foot care tips to help seniors maintain the health of their feet include keeping the feet clean, dry, and moisturized, in addition to trimming the nails straight across, and wearing properly fitted footwear. Caregivers can help seniors who cannot take care of their feet on their own to maintain foot health. If you are a senior, or are caring for one, it is suggested that you include a podiatrist on your health care team. If problems arise, this medical professional can promptly help you to them.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Leonora Fihman, DPM from California. 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.
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 Encino and Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.