Foot problems can become more commonplace as we get older. As we age, “our feet are prone to many conditions that can cause discomfort and impact mobility.” It’s important for older adults to see a geriatrician to monitor their feet. Although a foot problem may not seem serious, unforeseen complications can lead to eventual disability if not diagnosed and treated. “We’ve learned that sometimes it’s not the foot disorder but the accompanying pain that is the real problem,” says Dr. Marian Hannan, Co-Director of Musculoskeletal Research Center and Senior Scientist at IFAR.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.
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.
- Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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
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 the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.