Geriatric Foot Care

Image of a geriatric patient sitting up with feet up on a check up bed

Life is a journey for all of us and as you age, it is important to take care of your overall health including your feet. Throughout life, your feet are susceptible to problems, and as we become older, it is even more important to take care of your feet. It becomes hard to reach your feet when you are older. If the feet are neglected, pathology can occur which can lead to serious problems.

Diabetes, Poor Circulation, Neuropathy, Cardiac Problems, Other Systemic Diseases, Foot Deformities, and Gait Problems can cause foot pathology, especially in the Geriatric Population.

Some of the most common foot conditions that can occur in Geriatrics include:

  • Dry Skin/Cracked Skin
  • Athletes Foot Infection
  • Brittle Toenails/Deformed toenails
  • Fungus Toenails
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Corns and Calluses
  • Ulcers and Wounds from Diabetes and Poor Circulation
  • Pain and Stiffness due to Arthritis

It is important to inspect the feet daily, dry the feet completely after washing, and wear clean and properly fitting socks that are not tight. When trimming toenails, trim the toenails straight across and not too short. Keep feet moisturized to help reduce dry and cracked skin.

Footwear should be comfortable with an arch for support for better balance and walking. Velcro closure shoes are a great option for the Geriatric population for those that have difficulty tying shoes.

It is very important for families to inspect and assist elderly family members with any foot problems and make an appointment with a Podiatrist for evaluation and treatment, so that healthy feet are maintained.

For evaluation, confirming diagnosis, and treatment options, make an appointment with Dr. Novabilski