Proper foot care at an elder age is very important to sustaining proper foot and ankle health. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can provide wonderful advice and treatment as it pertains to geriatric foot care. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about this condition. Moreover, our Patient Education library is filed with many helpful tips.
Proper Geriatric Foot Care means taking care of your feet as they age to combat the increased susceptibility to injuries and infections. As the years pass, the daily wear and tear comes together to develop geriatric foot difficulties. Although discomfort is a part of this, symptoms can rapidly accelerate into issues like falls and diseases. Conditions such as corns or ingrown toenails are common; however, the natural padding of the soles can become thinner and provide less protection for the bones of the foot when walking. Arthritis can develop as joints age and cause severe inflammation if not treated correctly. Also, circulation and diabetic issues become common in older populations, which can affect nerves and the immune system. These complications taken together are likely to cause permanent damage to the feet and ankles over the years if precautions are not taken.
Proper treatment measures can include utilizing shoes that are comfortable, that fit correctly, are not too narrow or tight and that are sufficiently supportive. Feet should also be cleaned with warm water and soap on a daily basis and inspected for changes in color or cuts at the same time so that they can have the best chance of avoiding infections. They must also be kept dry and moisturized (but not between the toes). Toenails must also be clipped in a straight manner to avoid ingrown complications.
These daily habits can lead to a sound form of geriatric foot care that can prolong the health of your feet and ankles as they age. Please contact us today because it’s never too early to start taking care of your feet!