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Geriatric Foot Care

geriatric foot careWhile proper foot care is important for everybody, senior citizens have the tendency to be more susceptible to certain conditions. The elderly should therefore be well informed about potential podiatric problems and what they can do to properly avoid or treat them.

Some of the most common problems are foot ulcers, ingrown toenails, fallen arches, and fungal infections. In order to avoid these conditions, it's recommended that the feet be inspected by the patient on a regular basis. If these inspections are carried out routinely, there's a good likelihood that problems can be identified before they become severe, or can even be avoided altogether. If any abnormality is discovered, it's important to consult with Dr. Haluska for a diagnosis and information on treatment options.

As people age, the fat present on the feet begins to deteriorate. The protective nature of this fat keeps the feet healthy by providing a barrier between your bones and the ground, as well as giving the skin on the foot a certain amount of elasticity. This is one factor that causes elderly people to develop foot issues.

Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or poor blood circulation, increase the risk for foot problems. For individuals with any of these conditions, it's extremely important to conduct regular foot inspections with Dr. Haluska to make sure that there are no sores or infections present.

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