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Common Foot Problems for the Elderly

Common Foot Problems for the Elderly

If you are over 65, you are long familiar with the aches and pains of getting older. However, you may be experiencing serious or severe foot pain. Not sure why your feet are hurting? Here are some reasons your feet might be hurting if you are a senior.

Foot Pain

One in three seniors experience foot pain on a regular basis. There could be several reasons for your foot pain. First, be sure that you are wearing shoes that fit properly. Improperly fitted shoes can cause toe pain and heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis. Bunions, corns, and hammertoes, all problems in the toe area, usually begin with shoes that don’t fit properly.

Not only do your shoes need to fit well, but your socks do too. Did you know that dry, cracked skin on feet can be caused in part by old or ill-fitting socks? Make sure you are wearing socks that fit well and replace your worn-out socks. Keep your feet moisturized by applying lotion daily.

Another large cause of foot pain in seniors are dry, brittle nails, which can cause ingrown toenails or even an infection. Many seniors have problems cutting their own toenails. If you have diabetes, it is especially important to keep your nails trimmed since a cut or an infection is a greater risk for diabetic patients. If you have trouble keeping your nails trimmed, many nail salons will cut your toenails for you. They can also moisturize your feet and warn you of any blisters or sore spots you may have. If you take care of your feet, they can take care of you throughout your lifetime.

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