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Senior Health: Common Foot Injuries

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

Our feet are responsible for supporting the body and moving it around, so it is no surprise that seniors experience more foot injuries after years of putting strain on them. Over one-third of all seniors complain about foot pain at some point in their lives. But live-in caregivers in Palm Desert can better prevent and tend to them when they understand some of the most common foot injuries among seniors.

Fungal Infections

People tend to have a weakened immune system and have difficulty reaching their feet as they age, which is why seniors are far more likely to develop fungal infections of the feet and toenails. In order to prevent fungal infections, your elderly loved one needs to always have their feet dried thoroughly after getting damp and avoid footwear that causes sweating. If they do develop a fungal infection, over-the-counter antifungal creams can be used to treat it.

Bunions

This injury is common among seniors who require dementia or Alzheimer’s home care in Palm Desert because they may not notice or communicate when they are in pain. Bunions happen after years of wearing improperly fitted shoes and results in painful swelling and deformed toe joints. Wearing wider shoes and taking pain medications can help, but surgery may be necessary to treat this injury. 

Arthritic Deformities

The inflammation of arthritis often attacks the 33 joints of the feet and toes, making it hard for your elderly loved one to move around without inducing pain. This can eventually result in deformations that cause pain, swelling, and immobility. Depending on the severity of the foot arthritis, a doctor may recommend steroid injections, physical therapy, or even surgery.

Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetes causes poor circulation that prevents seniors from feeling their feet. If a senior even slightly bumps his or her foot, the combination of a numb foot and weakened immunity can cause the scratch to turn into an ulcer or other serious infections. It is important to check feet regularly and treat any open wounds with antibiotic ointment before it becomes so bad that amputation may be needed.

Help your loved one overcome the challenges of foot injuries with assistance from a dedicated Palm Desert home care agency. Call Home Care Assistance today at (760) 345-0001 to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager and learn more about our comprehensive live-in and hourly home care. We specialize in helping seniors recover from injury and manage illness in the comfort of home while assisting them with daily tasks around the house. Let us help your loved one achieve the wellbeing he or she deserves. We are always available to schedule a free consultation.