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Foot Care for Active Seniors: Staying Mobile and Pain-Free


The health of our feet deteriorates with age, and calluses, cracked heels, fungal infections, even corns might affect the elderly more often. In addition, the skin beneath the feet ages and becomes less elastic, which can cause dryness, fissures, and other issues with the feet.

When health issues including impaired vision, decreased agility, and decreased mobility occur in older persons, it becomes more challenging to treat these foot concerns appropriately. These issues may negatively impact an older persons' self-esteem, which may worsen their balance and raise their chance of falling. (Chicago foot expert, 2023)



Joint and Arthritis Pain

Joint pain and arthritis are quite frequent conditions that can even affect people over 40. It can be quite unpleasant, impairing everyday mobility and making life more difficult.


Circulation Issues

Numerous factors can contribute to poor blood circulation, which can prevent adequate blood from getting to the feet. Numbness, pains, cramps, and clammy feet might also result from this. (Iana, 2022)


Caluses and Dry Skin

Dry skin and the formation of blisters and dead skin cells are two effects of ageing. Seniors who experience intense itching due to dryness frequently scratch until their skin breaks and bleeds. Corns and calluses are brought on by the friction from shoes and thickening of the skin.


Fungal Diseases

The warm, damp environment that wearing shoes creates is a common cause of athlete's foot and related diseases. (Mcintosh, 2019)


Diabetic Nerve Damage

Proper foot care is particularly essential for older persons with type 2 diabetes since inadequate circulation and nerve degeneration increase the risk of developing foot issues. If treatment is not received, this may lead to infections, foot ulcers, decreased sensitivity, tingling, muscular weakness, or acute sensitivity to touch. (Edelstein, 1988)







Regardless of whether a senior has diabetes, conditions like coronary artery disease and arthritis, their skin is thinner and drier, and their bones deteriorate.

Athlete's foot, fungal nail infections, ingrown toenails, bunions, blisters, corns, and calluses may become more common in the aged population if proper foot care is not provided.

They could also get flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and warts on their plantar surfaces. Due to their lowered immunity, elderly patients are more susceptible to degenerative, irreversible illnesses from modest foot issues. (Edelstein, 1988)



Elderly individuals can enhance their well-being and enjoy a more comfortable lifestyle by improving their mobility. This increased mobility fosters greater independence, enabling them to lead a more self-sufficient and fulfilling life.





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Edelstein, J. E. (1988). Foot care for the aging. Physical therapy, 68(12), 1882-1886.


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