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Navigating the Complexity of Aging Feet

The human foot is a marvel of engineering complexity. Not only do our feet support our weight, but they also serve as shock absorbers and provide crucial feedback to our brains for balance. Given their multifaceted role, it is no surprise that foot problems can arise, especially as we grow older, often impacting overall health and mobility. As we age, our feet undergo changes. The fatty cushion thins, arches flatten, and toenails can become brittle. Foot shape often evolves, sometimes necessitating a change in shoe size. Health conditions such as osteoporosis, obesity, arthritis, and diabetes can exacerbate these changes. Some common foot issues seniors face are bunions, hammertoes, and corns. Infections, ingrown toenails, and arthritis are also common foot ailments among elderly people. Diabetic foot problems can be particularly severe due to nerve damage. Additionally, moisturizing the the feet to prevent cracks and calluses, trimming toenails straight across, and wearing properly fitted shoes are important to maintain healthy feet. With elderly challenges, such as vision loss, reduced flexibility, or dementia, it can be especially daunting to maintain foot health. If you are a senior or taking care of one, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist for routine examinations.

Foot problems can become increasingly common as we age, making everyday foot care especially important. To learn more about maintaining proper foot health, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Foot Problems

Certain foot problems may be more likely to affect older adults. 

Some examples of foot conditions that can be common in older adults include: 

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Calluses and corns

  • Blisters

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Deformities such as bunions or hammertoes

  • Fungal infections

  • Plantar warts

Systemic conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, are also more likely to affect older people and manifest symptoms in the feet and ankles. 

Daily Foot Care Tips

Having a daily foot care routine can help detect problems early on and prevent future issues. 

Things that you can do at home to care for your feet include: 

  • Washing the feet daily with warm water, drying them thoroughly, and then applying a moisturizer 

  • Trimming the toenails straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails

  • Performing daily foot exercises to improve foot strength and mobility

  • Wearing shoes when walking to avoid injury

  • Inspecting the feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, sores, or other abnormalities and seeking prompt treatment if any problems are discovered 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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