Being vigilant about an elderly loved ones' foot care as they age may seem tedious, especially if they have other health-related issues that require regular monitoring and doctor's visits. However, your foot doctor in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, and serving Ridgewood, Dr. Henry Slomowitz, has offered some simple tips to help you maintain good foot health and avoid potentially serious complications as you or a loved one gets older.
Why is geriatric foot health important?
A natural part of the aging process includes a decrease in the way our blood circulates through the body. Since the feet are the furthest appendages from the heart, they are the last to receive a fresh supply of oxygenated blood each time the heart pumps. This change in blood flow may seem negligible, but as your Ridgewood, Paterson, and Paramus foot doctor will tell you, it can affect many aspects of your foot health, including nail growth and nerve sensation. When you pair this with being less active, minor foot issues like blisters or toenail fungus can become painful, and difficult to treat, especially if an infection is ignored for too long. This is of particular concern for those patients who are diabetic, a condition which affects many elderly people.
What can be done to care for the feet as we age?
Podiatrists can narrow geriatric foot care down to one word: diligence. Taking time to clean the feet each day, as well as inspect them for injuries or unusual changes, can make a huge difference. After bathing, the feet should be carefully dried to prevent fungal growth, and then thoroughly checked for any potential problems. Mirrors can be used to assist with viewing the areas on the soles of the foot or between the toes. Wearing shoes at all times, even indoors, is also important for the prevention of injuries. Any problems, no matter how slight, should be reported to Dr. Slomowitz at once.
To make an appointment for yourself or an elderly loved one to learn more about foot care, contact the office of Dr. Slomowitz in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, and serving Ridgewood today.