Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Potential Foot Woes as a Result of Aging

As we traverse the various stages of life, our feet, the steadfast companions in our journey, undergo changes that can give rise to specific challenges.  As we gracefully age, the cumulative effects of wear and tear become more pronounced, potentially contributing to conditions like osteoarthritis, where the protective cartilage in joints gradually breaks down. The middle years may usher in concerns like plantar fasciitis, often linked to prolonged standing and increased body weight. Diabetes, more prevalent in later years, can bring about neuropathy and poor circulation, paving the way for foot ulcers. There are several additional foot conditions that can affect older people, and if your elderly loved ones have any foot ailments that may be related to the aging process, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer helpful management tips.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Georgia Blue Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 Douglasville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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