Theresa George, a licensed massage therapist, recommends combining pedicures, foot massages, and visits with the podiatrist to keep one’s feet healthy. She claims that these steps are especially important for the elderly, who often develop calluses on their feet and have trouble keeping their toenails trimmed.
"Many seniors can't see their feet as well as they used to and pedicures give us the chance to look for problems like broken toes, cracked, bleeding skin, thickening of toenails, ingrown toenails and nail fungus," said Julie Defelice, district manager at Salon PS. "If we catch a fungus quickly it can be treated." George also believes that foot massages can help seniors relax and feel better about themselves in general.
As people age, their feet become more delicate and eventually require special care. If you are an older individual seeking help with foot care, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will examine your feet and suggest steps you can take to help you keep your lower extremities as healthy as possible.
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. There are many complications that can lead to serious issues, if the problem is not taken care of right away.
Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
Injuries left unnoticed
Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain
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