When we age, we gradually lose muscle and gain fat, which typically contributes to declines in strength and issues with gait and balance. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Study examined the effects of various of forms of exercise in lowering fall risk. Findings concluded that while programs including brisk walking had no effect on falls, those that included resistance training and challenging balance exercises were extremely effective in preventing falls. Strength and resistance training, even for the elderly, can greatly improve gait and therefore decrease fall risk. Simple exercises such as balancing on one leg while lightly using a table or chair for support can help gauge balance and strength.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of the Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors 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.
Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.