According to podiatrist Dr. Joy Rowland, our feet will change as we age, as “our ligaments and our tendons become a little bit more lax over time.” As our feet gradually becomes prone to wear and tear, they also become susceptible to common foot problems such as bunions and hammertoe. Our feet begin losing the fat pads beneath our skin as we get older, so it’s important to see a podiatrist. Other changes also include weight loss or weight gain, which leads to uneven pressure being exerted on the feet over time.
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.
Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
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 contact one of our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.