The feet of the elderly are particularly concerned with aging and suffer from diseases related to diabetes and arteritis most often. Rheumatism and venous insufficiency complete the picture.
Half of people over the age of 75 have symptoms that can affect their motor capacity. These symptoms usually require continuous treatment and careful monitoring.
Physical Changes Related to Aging
Here is an overview of the changes in your body when you reach old age: the skin ages and skin appendages (especially the nails) also. The sensitivity decreases and the skin becomes thinner. A significant loss of muscle mass occurs with the age that affects the foot and supports.
The static of the foot changes and hallux valgus (commonly called onion) affections become more frequent, among other orthopedic deformities. The ankle and foot joints also change as well as the way your foot positions itself.
Types of disorder
The pain that occurs in 40 to 60% of cases is what will cause you to consult your podiatrist most often, but not all the symptoms are necessarily painful.
The toes and forefoot are the most affected. If your body is in poor condition, or if you are obese, struck with osteoarthritis or suffer from edema, this will increase the chances of foot pain.
Then come the skin disorders (affecting the skin) and trophic disorders. Plantar dryness, hyperkeratosis (thickening of the stratum corneum), various sores, problems related to the foot arch... the potential skin disorders are plenty.
Then let's take a look at the possible concerns related to your nails: ingrown toenail, thickening of the nails... The toes can be affected too: toes overlapping, claw, deformation...
Risks of Loss of Autonomy
Although it is difficult to establish a direct causality between the problems mentioned above and the loss of traction, it is obvious that pain can slow down your walking speed and even in some cases prevent you from leaving your home without help. Inadequate footwear is sometimes involved but most often it is severe foot disorders that are responsible.
It is important that you maintain a good balance to avoid slipping or falling at home or in the street. Ensuring hygiene and proper maintenance of the foot is crucial, especially in cases where you can no longer or barely groom yourself alone. Do not hesitate to ask help from your relatives or your home-based caregiver. A simple cut or redness should retain your full attention.
If you suffer from the ailments and symptoms described above or if you experience pain, mild or severe, do not hesitate to call us or go directly to our clinic for a thorough podiatry examination.
We will evaluate together the condition of your foot, your footwear and consider external factors such as quality of life and possible vascular and neurological complications. All this in addition to examining your foot, your nails and your skin.
Call us now at 514-505-3977 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.