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Common Foot Ailments in Seniors

Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

With age, the body undergoes various changes, and your feet are no exception. Senior adults often experience common foot ailments that can affect their mobility and overall well-being. Some prevalent foot ailments that seniors may encounter include plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot. It causes pain in both areas and is sometimes associated with heel spurs. Bunions, also known as hallux valgus, involve a painful bony buildup on the big toe joint, often causing the big toe to bend toward the smaller toes. Heredity plays a role, and years of wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes can make it worse. Morton's neuroma, a painful condition, is caused by a swollen, inflamed nerve. It typically affects the ball of the foot between the third and fourth toes and can feel like having a small rock in the shoe. It is more prevalent in women who have worn high heels or narrow shoes. Additionally, aging can lead to a reduction in the natural padding under the feet, making it essential for seniors to choose footwear with adequate cushioning. Regular foot care, appropriate footwear, and professional guidance from a podiatrist can significantly enhance foot health. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if you need help with any type of foot pain.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. 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 offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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