Senior Foot Problems, Symptoms and Care

It is universally expected that as people age, their eyesight and hearing abilities decline, and their joints and back ache. But few people mention that feet age too and those foot problems amongst seniors should be taken seriously. Seniors may suffer from diabetic foot, gout, a form of arthritis that result in swelling of joints, ingrown nails, corns and calluses, bunions, and plantar fasciitis, which is heel pain caused by pressure on the ligaments.

Untreated, any of these foot problems could cause severe pain and trouble with walking. So it is vital for seniors to have regular check-ups, and never ignore any discomfort or the smallest symptom.

Watch Out for These Symptoms

You should speak to a doctor about possible foot problems if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Sore foot or toe that is persistent
  • Foot swelling, or pain that are aggravated by walking
  • Numb foot that are less sensitive to heat or cold
  • Foot cramps and tingling sensation
  • Part of or all of your foot is colder or warmer than the rest of your body
  • Discoloration, such as redness around the nails
  • Structure and shape change, such as the enlargement of a bone at the base of the foot

Those seniors suffering from diabetes should take special precaution, especially if they suffer from general symptoms including diminished sensitivity to pain, poor circulation, stiffening of the joints, increased susceptibility to infections, or foot ulcers.

Regular Check-Ups are Key

In order to avoid future complications, seniors should get regular check-ups to make sure their feet are healthy. A red dot on the foot could mean serious problems that result in amputation, so you should never ignore any abnormal changes or discomfort. Other times, a simple hygienic routine or sole insert could solve the problem. The key is to treat your feet with the same care as your eyesight and hearing, wear safe and comfortable shoes, and see your doctor if you have any concerns.

For more information on foot problems and how Manhattan Footcare would help you, check out the Conditions Page.