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Natural Changes in Aging Feet

As people age, their feet undergo several natural changes that can affect both their function and appearance. The skin on your feet tends to become thinner and loses its elasticity, making it more susceptible to dryness and cracks. The fat pads that cushion the bottoms of your feet may diminish, leading to increased sensitivity and discomfort when walking or standing. Additionally, your toenails often grow more slowly, often becoming thicker and more brittle over time. Joint mobility might decrease, causing stiffness and reduced flexibility. Circulation to the lower extremities can also decline, contributing to slower healing of cuts or blisters. Foot conditions that may develop with age include osteoarthritis and gout. These changes are a normal part of aging, and maintaining proper foot care, such as regular moisturizing, wearing supportive footwear, and staying active can help ease some of these effects. If you are elderly or are caring for an older person, it is suggested that you include a podiatrist on your healthcare team who can perform routine foot examinations.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Philip Hahn, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor 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 Texarkana and, Pittsburg, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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