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SOLE CARE: A Podiatrist’s guide to keeping elderly feet happy & healthy


As we age, our feet, which have faithfully carried us through a lifetime of journeys, may require extra attention and care. Podiatrists, foot health experts, play a vital role in ensuring the well-being of elderly patients. In this blog post, we’ll explore the unique challenges faced by aging feet and how podiatrists assist elderly individuals in maintaining optimal foot health.

Section 1: Understanding Aging Feet


1. **Changes in Skin and Nails:**

The aging process can bring about changes in skin elasticity, making it more prone to dryness and cracking. Nails may thicken and become more susceptible to fungal infections.

2. **Reduced Circulation and Sensation:**

Aging can affect blood circulation and reduce sensory perception in the feet, leading to an increased risk of injuries and delayed wound healing.

Section 2: The Podiatrist’s Role in Elderly Foot Care


1. **Comprehensive Foot Examinations:**

Podiatrists conduct thorough foot examinations, assessing skin health, nail condition, and vascular and neurological functions. Early detection of issues is key to preventing complications.

2. **Diabetic Foot Care:**

For elderly patients with diabetes, podiatrists play a crucial role in preventing and managing diabetic foot complications. Regular examinations, education on foot care, and early intervention are emphasized.

3. **Custom Orthotics:**

Podiatrists may recommend custom orthotics to address biomechanical issues and provide additional support, improving stability and reducing the risk of falls.

4. **Footwear Guidance:**

Proper footwear is paramount in elderly foot care. Podiatrists offer guidance on selecting shoes with adequate support, proper fit, and features to accommodate specific foot conditions.

Section 3: Common Elderly Foot Conditions and Their Management


1. **Corns and Calluses:**

Podiatrists can safely debride and manage corns and calluses, reducing discomfort and preventing further complications.

2. **Ingrown Toenails:**

Addressing ingrown toenails promptly is crucial to avoid infection. Podiatrists can perform gentle procedures to relieve pain and promote proper nail growth.

3. **Arthritis Management:**

Elderly patients with arthritis may experience foot pain and joint stiffness. Podiatrists can recommend therapeutic interventions, exercises, and orthotics to manage arthritis-related foot symptoms.

Section 4: Falls Prevention


1. **Gait Analysis:**

Podiatrists conduct gait analyses to identify any abnormalities or irregularities in the way elderly patients walk. Addressing gait issues can significantly reduce the risk of falls.

2. **Fall Risk Assessments:**

Podiatrists assess the overall fall risk by considering factors such as balance, footwear, and environmental hazards. Recommendations are made to enhance safety and prevent falls.


Our feet carry us through a lifetime of adventures, and as we age, they deserve the utmost care and attention. Podiatrists are experts in understanding the unique needs of elderly feet, offering comprehensive care to ensure comfort, mobility, and overall well-being. If you or a loved one is navigating the journey of aging feet, consider consulting a podiatrist. With their expertise and personalized care, podiatrists can help seniors step confidently into the golden years, one foot at a time.

If you would like to have us provide a clinical assessment and treatment you can see us at Leading Edge Podiatry (Formerly Complete Podiatry Blackwood). Feel free to book online or call us on 7120 6063!

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