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Importance of Foot Examinations for Older People

Foot exams are important for older adults, as aging often brings about various foot problems that can significantly impact mobility and increase the risk of falls. Over time, feet undergo changes such as loss of fat padding, reduced blood circulation, and structural alterations, making them more susceptible to conditions like arthritis, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, common age-related issues like diabetes can lead to neuropathy and other complications that exacerbate foot problems. Regular foot care becomes more critical with age, as maintaining foot health directly contributes to overall well-being and independence. If self-care becomes challenging, it is essential to seek assistance from caregivers or healthcare professionals to ensure proper hygiene and monitoring. Routine foot exams involve checking for signs of skin breakdown, infections, deformities, and circulation issues. A podiatrist may also assess gait and balance to prevent falls. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for comprehensive foot care, as they specialize in diagnosing and treating foot-related issues.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Westland Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C.. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Westland, MI. . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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