Older adults with foot problems often suffer from an increased risk of frailty, fall-related risks, and gait abnormalities. Foot problems are common among those who are older but do not differ by gender. Body fat percentage is more strongly associated with foot pain than body mass index, possibly due to the inflammatory effects of adipose tissue. Foot problems also cause weakness and exhaustion. Elderly patients with foot problems, especially those with foot pain and neuropathy, walk slower and have altered gait patterns. These issues also reduce the level and pattern of physical activity, which could accelerate frailty in this population. If you are older or taking care of someone who is, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist and seek regular exams to keep your feet as problem-free and healthy as possible. Doing so helps ensure increased safety, easier mobility, and greater independence.
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 Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. 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.
- 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
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 Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.