Geriatricians specialize in helping treat older patients, whose problems may consist of chronic conditions or disabilities. Statistics from the American Geriatrics Society suggests that “there are fewer than 7,500 geriatricians in the U.S.” The cause for this is that geriatrics does not seem to pay as well as other specialities, according to Meena Chadvakumar, a once prospective student in geriatrics. Geriatricians are trained to understand and recognize patterns that may be the underlying cause of a health issue. A podiatrist treating an elderly patient may refer him or her to a geriatrician for further evaluation.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For more information, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.
The Elderly and their Feet
As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.
Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.
Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
Shoes that don’t fit properly
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.