The ‘Stay Strong, Stay Steady’ Manchester campaign set off in October to raise awareness in both the young and the old of actions that can prevent falls in the elderly. A third of people aged 65 and older are affected by falls, and they are the largest cause of accidental death for older people. Dr. Emma Stanmore from the University of Manchester shared, “With some simple methods such as helping more older people to undertake regular strength and balance exercises, safety checking their homes, or getting an eyesight and medication check, over a million falls could be prevented each year.”
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For more information, 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 tools and technologies for your foot and ankle needs.