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Foot Stretches and Massages May Help Elderly Foot Concerns

Injuries may be more common among the elderly population, and it is essential to maintain proper foot care. This begins with washing and drying the feet, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Older people may have neuropathy, which is the inability to feel existing cuts and scrapes on the feet. Using a mirror with a long handle may help to see the soles of the feet, which may make it easier to examine them. It is important to wear shoes that fit correctly, possibly preventing uncomfortable conditions such as ingrown toenails or bunions from developing. It is suggested to refrain from walking barefoot and wearing appropriate shoes while in public areas may help to prevent athlete’s foot. Circulation may be improved when foot stretches or massages are part of a regular routine. If you would like additional tips on elderly foot care, please confer with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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