Geriatric Foot Care

Why is foot care important
As we age?

As you age, it’s important to pay good attention to your overall health; this includes the well being of your feet. The feet are considered the foundation of the body; if their hygiene becomes at risk, it’s possible you can find yourself immobile and in pain. To avoid this, it’s recommended that senior citizens, in particular, take early action in maintaining the health of their feet.

What are common foot Conditions to be aware of?

  • Corns and calluses
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Dry skin and cracked heels
  • Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic neuropathy

Geriatric Foot Care FAQ

Key preventive measures include regular foot inspections, wearing well-fitting and supportive shoes, keeping feet clean and moisturized, trimming nails properly, and avoiding barefoot walking to reduce injury and infection risks.

  • Persistent pain or swelling
  • Changes in skin color or temperature
  • Cuts, blisters, or sores that do not heal
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Foul odor or discharge

Scheduling a foot examination at least annually is wise, especially if you manage chronic conditions like diabetes or circulatory issues, to ensure foot health is maintained.

Absolutely. Foot discomfort can alter your walking pattern, affecting your balance and increasing the risk of falls. Moreover, untreated infections can lead to broader health issues, especially in those managing diabetes.

Daily routines, including checking your feet for irregularities, maintaining cleanliness, and ensuring proper hydration of the skin, play a crucial role in preventing complications and identifying issues early.

Opt for shoes with firm support, a non-slip sole, sufficient arch support, and enough toe room to prevent pressure. Features like adjustable closures can accommodate fluctuations in foot size.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.