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Foot Care and Falls Prevention

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

When considering the well-being of elderly loved ones, it is essential not to overlook the health of their feet, as they play a vital role in supporting their mobility. Foot problems among seniors are common and often associated with weakness, altered gait, and balance difficulties, which can increase the risk of falls. Various foot issues can affect older individuals and can include corns, calluses, and toenail disorders. Additionally, bunions and deformities such as hammertoe and claw toe may develop. Loss of fat pads and connective tissue disorders can also lead to discomfort. Poor circulation and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, can further compound foot problems. Proper elderly foot care involves regular checks for changes in foot health, maintaining cleanliness, and ensuring proper footwear fit. Orthotics can help alleviate foot pain and reduce fall risks in the elderly as well. If you are elderly or taking care of a senior, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to help maintain regular foot care, in addition to providing advice on effective fall prevention techniques. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Bazzi Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Detroit, West Detroit, Northwest Detroit, Sterling Heights, Hamtramck and Dearborn Heights, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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