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Foot Pain in the Elderly

Foot pain is common among older people. As one ages, the padding under the heel and ball of the foot gets thinner, the arches flatten and become less flexible, and the joints become stiffer. Additionally, the foot can get wider and longer. These natural changes can cause foot pain. Older people are also more apt to have foot pain if they have a chronic disease. Foot pain can lead to balance issues, reduced mobility, and an increased risk of falling. Beyond changes, which occur as the normal result of aging, one of the main causes of foot pain comes from shoes that are too small, narrow, or provide insufficient support. Having footwear evaluated, tending to basic foot care, and wearing non-binding socks, can all help maintain healthy foot care. Elderly people can also avoid walking barefoot, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly for good foot health. As one ages, regular visits with a chiropodist are suggested to diagnose any foot ailments that might arise and to provide an appropriate treatment plan.

Foot problems can become increasingly common as we age, making everyday foot care especially important. To learn more about maintaining proper foot health, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Foot Problems

Certain foot problems may be more likely to affect older adults. 

Some examples of foot conditions that can be common in older adults include: 

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Calluses and corns

  • Blisters

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Deformities such as bunions or hammertoes

  • Fungal infections

  • Plantar warts

Systemic conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, are also more likely to affect older people and manifest symptoms in the feet and ankles. 

Daily Foot Care Tips

Having a daily foot care routine can help detect problems early on and prevent future issues. 

Things that you can do at home to care for your feet include: 

  • Washing the feet daily with warm water, drying them thoroughly, and then applying a moisturizer 

  • Trimming the toenails straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails

  • Performing daily foot exercises to improve foot strength and mobility

  • Wearing shoes when walking to avoid injury

  • Inspecting the feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, sores, or other abnormalities and seeking prompt treatment if any problems are discovered 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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