Seniors

Aging feet deserve extra care

As you get older, the risk of developing foot pain and disorders increases. This is due to the increase in chronic medical conditions or simply having spent a long time in a weight bearing position. A Podiatrist for elderly people is specialised in dealing with lower limb ailments that are common in more senior people.

Foot pain in elderly people must be taken seriously. For example, it can make it harder to walk, climb stairs or perform daily functions. Additionally, it can have a negative impact on balance, which increases the chance of falling and further injury. Foot problems can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition such as arthritis, or metabolic and neurovascular disorders.

Seniors should visit a podiatrist regularly to monitor foot function and ensure an active, healthy, pain free life.

Podiatry Association of South Africa For Health

Tips from a Podiatrist for elderly people:

  • Check feet regularly. Get assistance from a friend or family member or use a mirror to assess the bottom of your feet.
  • Keep moisture under control to prevent skin conditions. Apply moisturizer to dry feet and ensure feet that are prone to sweating are kept cool and dry.
  • Seek professional advice. If you experience any concerns, make sure to ask an expert. In addition, avoid using commercial corn pads or medication as these may be harmful to your skin.

Chronic conditions

As you age, the risk of developing chronic conditions that have a negative impact on your foot health increases. Podiatrists play an important role in helping to manage the painful foot complications that come with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, gout and arthritis.

If you have a chronic condition that affects your vascularity, neural functioning, musculoskeletal integrity and dermatological profile, a podiatrist can help ensure you are treated appropriately so that your feet are taken care of.

Tips for patients with chronic conditions:

  • Seek professional support. Consult a Podiatrist at least once a year for a comprehensive foot assessment.
  • Do self-checks regularly. Check your feet frequently for any changes or irregularities by using a mirror or asking someone for help.
  • Never ignore foot pain. Don’t disregard foot pain or any changes you may notice. Be sure to consult a Podiatrist as soon as possible.