Anti aging guide

Feet Problems for Older People

 

 

What are the common feet problems affecting older people and how to avoid them

Problems with the Feet

Bunions
These are painful bone deformities affecting the big toe joint. On some occasions, keeping the big toe straight using a small splint may help delay their appearance. Use a bunion shield, available from chemist shops. In serious cases, the only treatment is an operation to straighten the bone.

Chilblains
To avoid chilblains, keep your feet warm and dry. Use ginkgo biloba supplements and avoid smoking. See a doctor if your chilblains are severe.

Exercises for Tired Feet

  • While holding on to a table or chair, stand on tiptoe for a few seconds and repeat 5-10 times.
  • Rotate your foot as if you are drawing a circle with your big toe. Do this clockwise and then anticlockwise a few times.
  • Mobilize your foot first up and then down as if pressing on a pedal.

Diabetic Foot Problems
If you are a diabetic, take your feet very seriously indeed. Examine them regularly and if you see anything unusual, seek advice immediately. I have seen diabetic patients who had to be kept in hospital for months following infection of the foot Some of these did not escape an amputation.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - April 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm