Common Causes of Foot Pain in Seniors

As people age, foot pain becomes increasingly prevalent, affecting one-quarter of those aged 45 or older. Primarily concentrated in the forefoot and toes, this discomfort impedes mobility and balance, raising the risk of falls. Common foot problems among seniors stem from overuse and are influenced by factors such as foot structure, activity level, body weight, and footwear choices. Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that runs from heel to ball of the foot, often results in pain in the heel and arch. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease attacking joint cartilage and bone, often targets the ankle, the middle of the foot, and the big toe. Bunions, or hallux valgus, painful bony formations on the big toe joint, are influenced by heredity and can be worsened by years of wearing ill-fitting shoes. Hammer toes, deformity of the smaller toes, often result from tight shoes or inadequate support, especially in individuals with flat feet. Seniors may also experience foot pain due to a decrease in padding on the ball and heel of the foot, as collagen diminishes with age. Early intervention and proper care can alleviate discomfort, improve mobility, and reduce fall risks. Your feet are your foundation, and caring for them ensures a healthier and more active lifestyle as you age.  If persistent foot pain is a concern, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. 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 Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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