Why Do the Elderly Need Special Care?
Growing older is inevitable but having sore feet is optional, and more importantly, avoidable.
The older foot is vulnerable for three main reasons:
- Health Problems such as diabetes, vascular disease (poor circulation), heart conditions, osteoporosis, arthritic joint changes, skin fragility/ulcer formation, loss of sensation, oedema (swelling), sight deterioration & medication side effects.
- Mobility Issues such as impaired balance and movement resulting in shuffling, weight increases, use of a walking stick or frame with associated gait alteration.
- Physical Changes such as alteration to foot structure, size and shape. The skin can thin leaving the weight-bearing areas unprotected. Foot structure can collapse which alters the toe shape meaning many styles of footwear can cause injury.
Conditions We Can Treat
- In-growing nails or distorted nail shapes
- Overgrown thickened nails
- Fungal nail infections
- Long and painful nails
- Sore corns/calluses
- Bunions/hammering toes with sore joints or tips
- Wound treatment and dressings
- Skin alterations – flaking or thickening or breakdown
- Routine management of nails and skin which cannot be self-treated
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How We Can Help
- Our many years of providing Chiropody care to the older patient mean we offer skilful treatment, together with well-proven measures for improving comfort.
- The elderly patient, anyone confused, or those with learning disabilities, will benefit from our many years of experience and understanding.
- We treat and manage the feet of our patients, and recommend ways to ensure they are as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible.
- Appointments can be one-off or on-going, at home, at our Baldock clinic and we visit Nursing/Care Homes.
- We are happy to work with Family and Carers responsible for our older patients and welcome advice in order to provide the most appropriate treatments and service.
- Call 01462 790065 or email email@example.com for a consultation.