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The Importance of Regular Foot Checks for the Elderly

As people age, their feet undergo changes, leading to potential issues like falls, foot ulcers, and discomfort. It is important to evaluate the feet as an essential part of older adults' regular health regimen that can identify and address foot-related concerns. Foot pain and ailments are prevalent among the elderly, necessitating consistent foot maintenance. Some individuals may struggle with basic foot care tasks, such as regular examination, washing, drying, moisturizing the feet, and trimming toenails. Additionally, a routine foot check can identify common issues and help in fall prevention. If you are elderly or taking care of an older person, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to set up a schedule for regular foot examinations and necessary care.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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 Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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