Notable marathon runner Bill Fornoff made his official retirement from running. The 70 year old Fornoff, who has been in the race for 37 years, has competed in an impressive 76 marathons and 56 ultramarathons.
Unfortunately due to age and complications in his lower legs, Fornoff will require surgery. This surgery has forced Fornoff to accept that he can no longer partake in his pastime like he did during his younger years. “I understand that’s the end of running,” he said. “But it’s time to do it.”
Gerontology and Foot Care
Helping Elderly Patients Take Care of Their Feet
While people of all ages should be aware of potential foot problems, it is especially true for the aging and elderly populations. Medical conditions and physical limitations that develop slowly as we age may prevent people from being able to monitor their foot health. This can be due to poor eyesight, and not being able to see or detect developing situations. Neuropathy can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide a variety of potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Reduced flexibility may prevent proper toenail trimming and foot cleansing, and may lead to some of the following medical problems.
What Can Cause Foot Sores?
-Caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well.
-Injuries that have gone unnoticed, or sustaining open cuts and bruises.
-Pressure on the foot which can lead to sores, or standing for too long.
-Insect or pet bites that can become inflamed or infected.
Why it is important to take care of your feet
-Diabetes, poor circulation and various neurological diseases and general loss of sensitivity over the years can turn a simple cut or injury into potential cause for hospitalization.
-Feet are susceptible to infection due to contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria
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