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Common Causes of Foot Pain in Seniors

Foot pain is a common complaint among seniors, affecting approximately 20 percent of older adults regularly. Among the most common causes of foot pain in seniors are stress fractures, heel pain, diabetic neuropathy, gout, and blood clots. Seniors are more susceptible to stress fractures due to age-related changes in bone density. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones that typically manifest as pain during activity, but subside with rest. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament on the sole of the foot, can cause persistent heel pain. Diabetes frequently leads to neuropathy, which causes tingling, burning, or numbness in the feet. Regular foot monitoring and care are essential for individuals with diabetes to prevent complications. A podiatrist can help manage conditions such as corns, calluses, and nail care. Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, typically affects the big toe. Sudden and severe pain, especially at night, may indicate gout. Blood tests or joint fluid analysis can confirm the diagnosis. Deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot, is often associated with leg swelling and pain, but it can also cause sudden and severe pain in the ankle or foot. Seniors, especially those who smoke, are overweight, or are sedentary, may be at a higher risk. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain that persists or worsens, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment options.

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 Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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.

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 office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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