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Treatment of Foot Problems in Seniors

As we age, our feet undergo various changes, often leading to discomfort and mobility issues. Treatment for common foot ailments among seniors varies, depending on the condition. Bunions may require shoe modifications, custom orthotics, medication, or surgery from a podiatrist. Hammertoe deformities may necessitate changes in footwear or in some cases surgery. Toenail problems, including ingrown nails and infections, require professional attention to prevent complications, with podiatrists offering specialized care and treatment options. Seniors with diabetes must prioritize foot health and regular podiatric evaluations to prevent serious complications, such as foot ulcers or gangrene. Plantar fasciitis treatment ranges from conservative measures, such as exercises, to surgery for effective relief. Arch problems, whether flat feet or high arches, generally necessitate a non-surgical approach along with expert guidance to manage discomfort and prevent further complications. For help with any of the many foot conditions common among seniors, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough foot exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.  

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 In Motion Foot and Ankle. 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 our offices located in Cypress and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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