Aging and Your Feet
Foot and ankle problems are relatively common among the elderly. Years of workout regiments, running errands and fun-filled weekend adventures can take a toll on our feet.
Ignoring age-related foot and ankle problems can lead to severe repercussions and even disability. However, these effects can be restricted and deferred with proper care and frequent visits to the podiatrist.
Here are some of the most common foot and ankle disorders associated with aging:
1. Dry skin— many elderly people face the problem of dry skin, especially on the soles of the feet. As you age, your skin starts to lose its ability to hold moisture. This raises your chances of developing dry and cracked skin. Bacteria can easily penetrate the exposed skin tissue and cause a foot infection. If this happens, this can become difficult to treat, especially for people with diabetes. For most effective results, a moisturizer may be used for dry skin.
2. Flat feet—commonly referred to as fallen arches. Years of intensive activities can cause the ligaments to stretch out and reduce the height of your arch. This can cause severe pain and discomfort.
3. Fungal infections— the fight against fungal and bacterial infections becomes harder as you get older. Your immune defenses are weakened as you age.
4. Joint problems— many older adults are affected by joint problems. Arthritic conditions can cause severe pain and inflammation in a joint.
Delaying care and poor due diligence often makes foot disorders hard to treat. A skilled podiatrist will help you find a more accurate diagnosis and the best treatment solutions for your feet.
If your aging feet are disrupting to your day-to-day activities, call Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP. Dr. Albert Iannucci and our team of foot doctors are dedicated to providing you with the best solutions to your foot problems while keeping current on all the latest advances in podiatric care. For more information on age-related foot and ankle problems, contact us at (610) 345-0222 or schedule an appointment at any of our offices conveniently located in Greenville and Newark, DE and Kennett Square, West Grove and Garnet Valley, PA.