Many older adults experience chronic cold feet, which can be helped simply by wearing warmer socks and different shoes or slippers. But there may be underlying reasons that can cause or contribute to this condition. For instance, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or hardening of the arteries, the blood flow to your feet through narrowed arteries may be obstructed. Further, nerve damage, which also may be a result of diabetes, can cause your feet to be cold, numb, or prickly. And if you are a smoker, your blood vessels may constrict and reduce the circulation to your extremities. Finally, sitting for long periods can result in poor blood circulation to your feet, causing them to feel cold. If you notice a regular occurrence of cold feet, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can review your health history, examine your feet and suggest treatment options.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact from . 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-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
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.