As we age, it’s normal for our feet to flatten and widen. And as the fatty padding begins to wear down, the bones and joints of the feet become more vulnerable to basic wear and tear. Balance and range of motions may be negatively affected, and as a result, injuries can happen more often. So in today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing information regarding common foot problems we see in our elderly patients.
Daily Foot Care for Seniors
Daily foot care for the elderly begins with washing and drying the feet thoroughly. This routine may help prevent fungal, viral, and bacterial infections. It should be followed by putting moisturizer on the feet, which can help to prevent dry, cracked heels.
Many people put on cotton socks after the cleansing and moisturizing to help retain the moisture. Also, when the toenails are trimmed correctly, patients can avoid painful ingrown toenails.
Because many seniors are confined to a chair or bed for a good part of the day, bedsores on the heels may develop. This condition can be relieved by raising the heels in the air.
There are additional ways that can help the seniors in your life take proper care of their feet. Speak with their podiatrist to learn more about these methods.
Common Foot Problems Among the Elderly
Neuropathy: This condition diminishes feeling in the feet, which can conceal many serious medical conditions.
Reduced flexibility: This prevents proper toenail trimming and foot cleansing. When left untreated, it can result in further medical issues.
Foot sores: If not identified, they can be serious for seniors; some of the problems they may face include:
- Scratching toenails that can affect nearby toes
- Pressure sores
- Shoes that don’t fit correctly
- Loss of circulation in feet and legs
- Swelling of the ankles and feet
Diabetes: This condition, along with poor circulation, can cause a loss of sensitivity over the years, which can turn a simple cut into a serious problem.
As we get older, we begin to notice many changes in our bodies, but seniors often don’t notice them right away. Poor vision is actually a lead contributor to not taking action.
Proper foot care is something many older adults tend to forget. If you have any concerns about your ankles or feet, contact Dr. Hubert Lee, in Bellevue, WA, today to make an appointment. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.