Study Shows Elderly Diabetics Have Difficulty Caring For Their Own Health

elderlty foot careOxford University Press released a studyreporting that almost ninety percent of elderly patients suffering from diabetes are unable to treat their own foot complications. Amputation is a very real risk when dealing with diabetic foot complications.

Arka Roy Chowdhury of OnlyMyHealth has these tips for those struggling diabetics; maintain blood sugar levels, wear appropriate footwear that provide complete coverage, maintain toenails frequently, and be sure that hygiene is a top priority—or retain a caregiver to provide these services.

For the elderly, taking good care of the feet is crucial to maintain the body. If you or a loved one needs foot care, see podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will look over you or your loved one’s feet and care for any foot or ankle conditions.

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 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
Pressure sores
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
Injuries left unnoticed
Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Spring Hill, FL.We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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