Foot Care for the Elderly
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Lansdale Podiatry Office
231 E. Main Street
Lansdale, PA 19446
(215) 362-2220
Monday, 31 August 2020 00:00

Foot Care for the Elderly

The feet are the foundation of our bodies, and as such, caring for the feet is very important. This is especially true for older people, who are more prone to various foot problems, such as dry skin, calluses, corns, blisters, ingrown toenails, and infections. A daily foot care routine can help prevent some of these conditions. Each day, clean both feet with warm water and then dry them thoroughly, including the areas between the toes, to avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Apply lotion to the feet to prevent dryness. Trim toenails straight across and not too close to the nail bed to minimize the risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Complete light daily exercise and wear shoes when walking to strengthen the feet and prevent injury. For more information on caring for elderly feet, consult 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 Dr. Rick L. Simon from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. 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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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