Caregivers in Apache Junction AZ: Common Feet Problems Among Older Adults

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Common Feet Problems Among Older Adults



Caregivers in Apache Junction AZ

Bigstock -Chiropody -69141580Most people know how important a healthy diet and exercise are for their health. However, what seniors may not realize is that taking care of their feet is equally important. Foot disorders are common among older adults and can cause pain that makes it difficult for them to simply walk or go about their day like normal.

Elderly adults who suffer from a foot condition can benefit from getting assistance from caregivers. Caregivers can help with the tasks that have become too difficult for the elder to do, as well as making sure they are taking care of their feet. Knowing as much information as possible on possible foot conditions and how to prevent them will keep your loved one from having to suffer from foot pain or disorders.

Common Foot Problems

Some of the most common foot problems among older adults include:

  • Corns and calluses: Thick, yellowish, dead skin on the toes
  • Bunions: A misaligned bone at the base of the big toe or a bony growth. It can also sometimes grow on the small toe. Bunions can cause the toe to bend abnormally towards the little toes
  • Toenail issues: if the toenail is clipped incorrectly, it could lead to an ingrown toenail, which can be painful. The toenails may also change into a darker color or become thicker
  • Hammer toes: The joints of the toes begin to curl up, resulting in a permanently dislocated joint
  • Diabetes-related foot problems: The elder may develop circulation issues, loss of feeling, or foot ulcers that do not heal quickly
  • Deformity-related foot problems: Usually the result of arthritis
  • Heel pain: The back of the arch may become painful because of heel spurs or plantar fasciitis

Risk Factors 

Some seniors may be at a higher risk of foot problems than others, especially if they have any of the following risk factors.

  • Constantly wearing the wrong shoes, such as high-heels or shoes that do not fit well
  • Diabetes, especially if suffering from poor eyesight, loss of sensation, poor circulation, or if the elder has calluses or corns
  • Neuropathy, or loss of sensation, in the ankles or feet
  • Damage to the muscles or nerves
  • Arthritis
  • Ankle, foot, or toe injuries
  • Abnormal blood vessels
  • High arched feet or flat feet
  • Frequently walking on hard surfaces
  • Being overweight

Prevention

  • The elder, a family member, or their caregiver should inspect the feet often for any abnormalities
  • Trim toenails straight across instead of at the corners of the toe
  • Wear shoes that fit properly
  • Avoid walking in bare feet
  • Wear socks that are soft and not too tight
  • Wash feet often and dry thoroughly
  • Keep blood sugar levels normal if the elder has diabetes
  • Walk or do other exercises to keep the feet and rest of the body healthy

Source:
http://www.healthinaging.org/aging-and-health-a-to-z/topic:foot-problems/

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Apache Junction, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy

 

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