Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

The feet are often the most neglected part of the body. This is unfortunate because they carry the weight of the entire body and can negatively affect your overall health if there is foot pain or complications with the feet. It is important to maintain daily foot care, and this is especially true in elderly patients. One of the ways to properly take care of elderly feet is to ensure that your shoes fit well. This is essential in possibly preventing bunions, hammertoes, cracked heels, and corns from gradually forming. The proper shoes should have the right amount of flexibility, lower heels, and not be too heavy for the wearer. To exhibit good foot care, wash and dry the feet thoroughly each day followed by using a good moisturizer. Additionally, it is wise to have the shoes accommodate thicker socks if the patient chooses to wear them. If you would like to know more information about how to care for elderly feet, please schedule an appointment with a chiropodist.

Foot problems can become increasingly common as we age, making everyday foot care especially important. To learn more about maintaining proper foot health, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Foot Problems

Certain foot problems may be more likely to affect older adults. 

Some examples of foot conditions that can be common in older adults include: 

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Calluses and corns

  • Blisters

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Deformities such as bunions or hammertoes

  • Fungal infections

  • Plantar warts

Systemic conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, are also more likely to affect older people and manifest symptoms in the feet and ankles. 

Daily Foot Care Tips

Having a daily foot care routine can help detect problems early on and prevent future issues. 

Things that you can do at home to care for your feet include: 

  • Washing the feet daily with warm water, drying them thoroughly, and then applying a moisturizer 

  • Trimming the toenails straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails

  • Performing daily foot exercises to improve foot strength and mobility

  • Wearing shoes when walking to avoid injury

  • Inspecting the feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, sores, or other abnormalities and seeking prompt treatment if any problems are discovered 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

People over age 60 are more prone to falling than those who are younger. After sustaining a fall, some older adults end up in long-term care facilities as their mobility and independence have been compromised. Most risk factors that lead to falling can be minimized or eliminated. Some common risk factors include trip hazards at home or work, poorly fitting footwear, and insufficient lower body strength. Lighting, clutter on the floor, and loose rugs or mats are some of the hazards that can be remedied at home or work. Wearing shoes that are supportive and fit properly can go a long way in preventing unnecessary falls. Participating in exercises that maintain lower body strength and flexibility can also ensure greater safety and fewer falls. If you are older or taking care of a senior, consult with a chiropodist who can offer more information on fall risks and prevention measures.

Falls are a major cause of injury among the elderly. To learn more about preventing falls or to get treatment following a foot or ankle injury caused by a fall, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Falling is one of the leading causes of injury among the elderly. It is said that about 50% of falls that result in hospitalization occur in the home. Fortunately, there are steps that you can implement to reduce your risk of falling in the home. 

Tips to Prevent Falls at Home:

  • In the bathroom - Place non-slip mats in the shower or tub, install grab bars near the toilet and bath, and wipe up any moisture or spills as soon as possible. 

  • In the living rooms and bedroom - Remove loose wires, cords, or other objects that may be an obstacle to moving around safely. Make sure that you have good lighting throughout the home so that you can always see where you are going. Get rid of any rugs or mats that are not firmly anchored or that may cause you to trip. When walking around the home, move slowly. 

  • In the kitchen - Store food and supplies in easily accessible areas, store heavy items in lower cupboards, and wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping. 

  • On the stairs - Make sure that the stairs are well-lit and have secure handrails. Walk slowly when ascending or descending the stairs.  

  • Outside - Keep walkways well-lit and clear of snow, ice, leaves, and man-made tripping hazards.

Maintaining your overall health, including the health of your feet, can also help to prevent falls. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and wear well-fitted, comfortable, and supportive shoes. If you have a mobility device, such as a cane, use it while walking.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can be common among people who are afflicted with diabetes, and this can cause an inability to feel sensations in the feet. It is important to check the soles of the feet daily as this can provide an opportunity to notice existing cuts, bruises, or scrapes on the feet. Undetected sores on the feet may lead to an infection and can ultimately cause a diabetic foot ulcer. Foot ulcers are generally treated by taking antibiotics. In severe cases, amputation may be necessary if the foot ulcers are not treated. There are simple measures that can be implemented by diabetic patients to care for their feet. These include washing and drying the feet daily as well as trimming the toenails. Additionally, it can be beneficial to wear moisture-wicking socks and shoes that fit correctly. Other methods can be implemented to care for diabetic feet and it is suggested that you confer with a chiropodist if you would like more information.

Diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs if proper preventive measures are not taken and diabetic wound care is not performed. If you would like to learn more about caring for diabetic feet, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Diabetes can lead to a host of foot and ankle complications, including: 

  • Poor circulation

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers

  • Infection 

  • Corns and calluses

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Nail disorders 

  • Hammertoes 

  • Bunions

  • Charcot foot

If you have diabetes, you must be vigilant of any changes in your foot health. This is best done through daily foot inspections. Using a mirror to help you if necessary, look for any: 

  • Cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds

  • Bruising or discoloration 

  • Swelling

  • Rash

  • Foul odor

  • Nail changes 

  • Hair loss 

  • Warmth and inflammation

  • Deformities 

  • Lower limb pain

  • Strange sensations (numbness, tingling, burning, pins, and needles)

If you detect anything unusual, seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 16 September 2022 00:00

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