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The Importance of Foot Check-Ups For Older Adults

Regular foot assessments and timely management of foot-related issues in older adults play a huge role in maintaining mobility and reducing the risk of falls, which are major concerns for this age group. The feet can change in structure and function as people age. Especially when paired with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory problems, this can significantly impact a person’s ability to walk and perform daily activities safely. By addressing these issues early through routine podiatry care, potential problems can be managed or corrected before they lead to more serious complications and falls. This approach helps older adults both retain their motor performance and independence, as well as reduce their fear of falling. Fear itself can lead to a decrease in physical activity, further diminishing muscle strength and balance, which increases the risk of falls. It is suggested that elderly people with possible foot and aging concerns make regular appointments with a podiatrist, to address any potential problems quickly. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Kimberly Woodard, DPM from Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Centers, LLC . 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 our office located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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