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Foot Care for Seniors: 5 Common Problems and Solutions

As we age, our feet bear the brunt of a lifetime of wear and tear, leading to various podiatric issues that can significantly impact our quality of life. Proper foot care is paramount to maintaining mobility and overall well-being for senior citizens. 

That's why CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists is here to help with specialized senior foot care. Below, we address some common foot problems affecting seniors, along with expert solutions to manage them. 

Arthritis 

Over 50 million adults in the United States have arthritis, with seniors being particularly susceptible. Podiatric interventions such as orthotic inserts and supportive footwear can provide much-needed relief for arthritis-related foot pain. 

Diabetes

With diabetes affecting many individuals over the age of 65, foot complications such as neuropathy and ulcers are a significant risk. That's why daily foot inspections, proper nail care, and wearing well-fitting shoes are important measures to prevent diabetic foot complications.

Bunions, Corns, and Calluses

These are due to changes in foot structure and decreased skin elasticity. Cushioning pads and custom orthotics can alleviate discomfort and prevent these issues from worsening.

Fungal Infections

Seniors are especially susceptible to fungal infections due to their reduced circulation and weakened immune systems. To minimize the risk of fungal infections, seniors should keep their feet clean from moist, hot environments, wear breathable footwear, and avoid walking barefoot in public areas.

Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD can lead to symptoms such as leg pain, cramping, and numbness, especially during physical activity. Left untreated, it can increase the risk of non-healing wounds and limb amputation. Seniors should prioritize foot care practices that promote circulation, such as regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding tobacco use.

Proactive podiatric care is essential for senior citizens to maintain healthy and pain-free feet. By addressing common foot issues early and adopting preventive measures, seniors can enjoy improved mobility and overall quality of life. If you are a senior who is struggling with foot problems, Dr. Hubert Lee and the team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists are here to help. Schedule an appointment online or call today at 425-455-0936.

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Dr. Hubert Lee

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