Proper foot care is essential for seniors' overall mobility and health, as certain issues can indicate underlying health problems. In today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, addresses the importance of proper senior foot care.
Family caregivers often take responsibility for elderly foot care, which can be challenging for older people with limited mobility to receive the care and attention they need. While a pedicure at a salon may seem like an answer and can provide aesthetic benefits, it may not be adequate for most seniors' foot health.
Those with conditions such as neuropathy, poor circulation, or arthritis that affect their feet would be best addressed by a podiatrist. They can provide comprehensive foot care, including checking skin integrity and treating specific podiatric issues.
Aging and Podiatry
Some common problems that may develop as people age are poor circulation, dry skin, rough, brittle nails, and bone density loss. These conditions may also affect the patient’s foot health if steps are not taken to treat them.
It’s important to take proper care of our feet because injuries or diseases can affect the overall health of our entire bodies. Having painful feet can hamper your ability to perform daily activities or limit a patient’s willingness to do what they need.
Health problems become more common in older people, so it is crucial that they visit their podiatrist for checkups to ensure they are doing the best they can to take care of their health. Seniors should examine their feet frequently for swelling, bruises, corns, cuts, or other irregularities.
Proper foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle and not be sidelined by pain. It also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.
If you’re a senior with foot issues or caring for one, it’s strongly suggested that you include a podiatrist on your healthcare team for regular assessments and treatment for anything that may become a bigger issue.
Why not schedule your next podiatrist appointment today while it’s on your mind by contacting Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA? You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.