Seniors are at high risk for accidents and falls. This can be due to a lot of factors associated with aging. Their eyes might not be as sharp as before, muscles lose mass and strength and medications that can cloud the mind. But this could also be caused by a foot condition or injury. Arthritis for example can cause pain and discomfort making it difficult for seniors to perform simple activities such as standing or walking.
While aging is inevitable, keeping our feet healthy even in our senior years is possible. This can be done through proper foot care and looking out for signs of possible foot disorders. Healing is more difficult during our senior years. Wounds take more time to heal and joint injury can lead to chronic pain.
Keeping our feet especially during our senior years is essential. Regular visits to a podiatrist is a simple way of keeping our feet healthy. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping seniors with foot disorders.
Keeping your Feet Healthy
- Daily, regular feet inspections helps you identify early symptoms of a foot disease. Visual inspection is required but for seniors having difficulty visually inspecting their feet, using a mirror or asking the help of a loved one is advised.
- Wear non-slip shoes and sandals. The loss of muscle mass and soft tissues in the feet places greater pressure on the feet. Use footwear that provides additional support.
- Keep your feet warm and dry at all times.
- This would be a good time to stop smoking. This unhealthy habits destroys small blood vessels and decreases blood supply to the feet.
- Consult a podiatrist for any pain or anything unusual in your feet. Foot conditions can be an indication of an underlying disease. Arthritis, peripheral neuropathy and foot deformities are also early indications of a serious medical disorder.
- Promote blood circulation in your feet through massages and light exercises. You can also do this by simply elevating your feet when resting or lying down. Light exercises such as walking followed by a hot bath at home ensures that nutrients are reaching every area in your feet.
- Wear comfortable shoes that correctly follows the contour of your feet. Tight fitting shoes can cause corns and calluses. Extreme cases can lead to foot deformities.
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.