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Last week we began a discussion on nailcare, and focussed on the diabetic foot. Another subset of the population that requires more basic footcare than the average individuals is the elderly. One major reason that seniors are more in need of nail and callus care stems from the simple fact that growing older can make tasks such as cutting nails more difficult. Additionally, there are a number of age-related conditions which can exacerbate foot problems. Some examples of these conditions include: arthritis, peripheral vascular disease, reduced balance and increased incidence of falls, or Parkinsons disease.

What Foot and Nail conditions should you look for in your loved ones?

While a number of foot and nail problems can affect the elderly, there are a few that are more common. Here is a quick list of the common issues associated with the aging foot.

 Onychauxis and Onychogryphosis:   Both are conditions of thickened nails. Onychogryphosis is more extreme (long, curled nails) than onychauxis, but both make trimming nails very difficult, and increase the risk of cuts

 Ulceration: Arthritis, digital deformities and loss of the fibrofatty padding on the balls of the feet are all common w occurrences with ageing, and all can lead to the formation of pressure points, callus and ulceration. Because of increased incidence of vascular conditions in seniors, ulceration can be very slow to heal. 

Musculoskeletal Changes: There are a number of reasons why seniors are more at musculoskeletal problems of the foot. First, there is a natural loss of muscle mass which occurs as we age. Second, we often reduce our activity levels as we age, and there is also a notable -decline in bone density, especially in women.

Inappropriate footwear: Many seniors are wearing footwear inside and outside the home which is not supportive enough. Often slippers are far too loose and

If you know a senior who is struggling with their feet, give us a call or give them our number (519-624-4122). We can help. As an aside, October 1st is Seniors Day in Canada. Hug the senior in your life today!

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366 Hespeler Road
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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122