May is Foot Health Awareness Month and Seniors Month is coming in June, so this blog combines the two themes into a unified message.
Seniors are known to develop systemic conditions such as diabetes or vascular disease that cause problems in the extremities. For example, peripheral neuropathy, which can be a symptom of diabetes, causes a loss of sensation in the feet. Peripheral neuropathy can also impact a person’s ability to walk properly or maintain balance. As a result, falls happen more often for persons with peripheral neuropathy.
Additionally, circulatory problems can lead to injuries. The problem could become ulcerated and trigger severe foot pain because of a low blood supply. This problem slows down healing.
Typically, seniors with foot pain seek a solution when the problem becomes unbearable. As a smart alternative, Elio’s recommends a preventive care plan.
With no plan, patients face serious health risks, incur expenses and consume valuable time in addressing foot and leg problems. By focusing on prevention, and setting a plan for regular foot care, patients with diabetes can be proactive in their goal to alleviate foot problems. We also know that healthy feet help to create a strong foundation for the body.
A preventive health plan includes an annual foot assessment. At Elio’s, an annual foot exam is recommended for every patient. Persons with health conditions should be checked more frequently.