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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Telltale Signs of Aging Feet

As we age, our feet undergo significant changes that may affect their appearance, function, and comfort. One of the most noticeable signs of aging feet is the development of wrinkles and thinning skin, which can result from decreased elasticity and collagen production. Additionally, the natural fat padding on the soles of the feet diminishes over time, leading to a loss of cushioning and increased susceptibility to pain and pressure. Other common signs include changes in toenail thickness and shape, as well as the formation of corns, calluses, and bunions due to years of wear and tear. Arthritic changes may also manifest in the form of stiffness, swelling, and joint deformities, making it more challenging to move and maintain balance. If you have encountered foot problems as you age, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with effective remedies.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening 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
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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