Daily Foot Inspections May Help to Identify Foot Problems

The feet carry the weight of the body and have a total amount of 52 bones. This is combined with several muscles, ligaments, and tendons which work together to support the body. Additionally, they act as shock absorbers, and also send signals to the brain to maintain proper balance. Research has shown that approximately one-third of people who are over 65 years old have foot pain. The feet often change as the aging process occurs, and it is important for elderly patients to pay close attention to their feet. There are simple methods that can be practiced that can help to identify potential foot problems. These can include washing and drying the feet daily, trimming the toenails properly, and wearing shoes that fit correctly. It is beneficial to inspect the feet daily which can help to notice existing cuts, blisters, and scrapes. If you would like more information about what procedures to practice for elderly feet, please contact a podiatrist who can offer you helpful tips. 

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot and Ankle Clinics, PA. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Woodbury, West St. Paul, and Edina, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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