Are you guilty of neglecting your feet? Many of us are! We take it for granted that our feet will keep working for us day after day with little or no special care.
But as we age, years of ignoring our feet can catch up to us and may cause serious health issues, particularly in senior citizens. It’s very important that mature patients pay attention to their feet so little problems don’t escalate into very big ones.
Changes as We Age Can Intensify Foot Problems
When the body’s circulation slows with age, toenails can become brittle and more susceptible to toenail fungus. The skin has less moisture so overly dry feet can develop skin cracks that let in bacteria.
Because of these changes, a focus on foot care becomes very important especially when there are any pre-existing health issues.
Foot pain is not normal! Instead, view it as a warning that something abnormal is going on. Even something as simple as redness or a bump on the skin may point to an underlying issue that should be addressed.
Foot Care for Seniors
- Stay active – with your doctor’s permission – to manage your weight and improve circulations.
- Wear well-fitting, supportive shoes with wide toes. Avoid ill-fitting, flimsy footwear that can strain the feet and also contribute to injury from falls.
- Beware of media ads claiming miracle foot care aids. Anyone with a predisposition for foot problems such as foot shape and abnormalities, diabetes, weight gain, prior injury and rheumatoid arthritis should see a qualified foot doctor for proper care.
- Avoid over-the-counter “solutions” for skin issues like calluses, corns and fungal nail. Because senior skin is thinner, it is susceptible to the burns, skin damage and infection that these products can cause.
Simply put, doctors are the best solutions! Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM can help with all existing foot problems as well as those that crop up with age.
Preventing Foot Problems as We Age
- Keep feet clean with frequent gentle washings but not enough to dry out the skin.
- Apply a soothing moisturizer after washing to maintain skin softness.
- Keep toenails trimmed and clean to prevent bacteria and ingrown nails.
- Have a family member check your feet once a week if it is hard to see properly or reach your feet.
- Report any change such as scratches, discoloration, scabs or infection to us.
We would be happy to check your feet for you – come on in and visit our office!
Foot Care Is Important at Any Age
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating all types of foot and ankle problems for patients of all ages. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Take good care of your feet and they will thank you over and over!