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Extra Foot Care Needed for Older People

People more than 60 years old may notice their feet need extra care. The feet provide the ability to walk and run, and they have endured several thousand miles by the time this age occurs. Many people enjoy soaking their feet in warm water and may add essential oil drops for a more relaxed feeling. This can be followed by thoroughly drying the toes and applying a good moisturizer. Rough skin can be removed by using a pumice stone or an exfoliating foot scrub. One of the most important things older people can do for their feet is to wear shoes that fit correctly. The ideal shoe will have a low heel with ample room for the toes to move freely in. This may be helpful in preventing unwanted foot conditions, such as hammertoe, bunions, or corns. The feet can benefit from frequently performing regular stretching techniques, which can increase strength, flexibility, and circulation. If you would like additional information about effective foot care for elderly people, it is suggested that you 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 Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. 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 Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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