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Common Causes of Foot Pain in the Elderly

As individuals gracefully age, their feet bear the brunt of a lifetime's worth of movement, often leading to various sources of discomfort. Arthritis, a prevalent condition among the elderly, can cause inflammation in the joints, triggering persistent foot pain. The wear and tear on ligaments and tendons over time contribute to conditions like tendonitis, further exacerbating discomfort. Additionally, diminished fat padding on the soles and reduced skin elasticity can result in increased pressure on the feet, leading to pain and vulnerability to injuries. Corns, calluses, and bunions may develop due to years of friction and pressure, causing localized pain. Poor circulation, often associated with aging, can lead to cramping and pain. Understanding these common sources of foot pain in the elderly is pivotal for proactive care. Foot pain in the elderly can compromise daily activities. If this applies to you or someone you may know, it is strongly suggested that a podiatrist be consulted for an exam and treatment methods. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Mohammad R. Parsa, DPM from Madison Foot Clinic. our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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