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.
What Is Covered in a Foot Assessment?
In a foot assessment, one of the Canadian Certified Pedorthists at Elio’s will look at a patient’s gait analysis and watch how they walk. We also check to see if a patient wears properly fitted orthopedic footwear. The exam also covers functional testing. We’ll check a patient standing, sitting, and lying down. The assessment also looks at the range of motions of a patient’s joints and we’ll test strength of the muscles around the joints.
Take the first step to make your feet happy at Elio’s and book a foot assessment today as a part of your preventive health plan.