Runners Having run 76 marathons and 56 ultra-marathons in his years of competition, Bill Fornoff’s 37 year running career has been as successful as they come.

But at 70 years old, Fornoff acknowledges that maybe it’s time for him to step down. He has announced that he will be officially retiring from running on Thanksgiving. Fornoff’s decision comes with the knowledge that he will be having knee replacement surgery in the near future. “I understand that’s the end of running,” he said. “But it’s time to do it.”

Understanding how the aging process affects the feet is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For information about gerontology and the feet, contact a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti of Hamilton, NJ. Dr. Ricketti will assess your current foot health and give you advice for the future.

Gerontology and Foot Care
Helping Elderly Patients Take Care of Their Feet

While people of all ages should be aware of potential foot problems, it is especially true for the aging and elderly populations. Medical conditions and physical limitations that develop slowly as we age may prevent people from being able to monitor their foot health. This can be due to poor eyesight, and not being able to see or detect developing situations. Neuropathy can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide a variety of potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Reduced flexibility may prevent proper toenail trimming and foot cleansing, and may lead to some of the following medical problems.

What Can Cause Foot Sores?

-Caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well.
-Injuries that have gone unnoticed, or sustaining open cuts and bruises.
-Pressure on the foot which can lead to sores, or standing for too long.
-Insect or pet bites that can become inflamed or infected.

Why it is important to take care of your feet

-Diabetes, poor circulation and various neurological diseases and general loss of sensitivity over the years can turn a simple cut or injury into potential cause for hospitalization.
-Feet are susceptible to infection due to contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria, such as shoes, rugs, floors and moist environments such as spas, pools and bathrooms.

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