Peripheral Arterial DiseaseElderly reverend Grahame Stephens was admitted into the hospital after suffering symptoms from ulcers in his legs. Although medics initially assumed the reverend’s problem came from his high blood pressure, when the sores began to further deteriorate; they were forced to reexamine their diagnosis. Further tests found that Stephens’ condition was due to an obstruction in one of the main veins in his leg.

Unfortunately, Stephens needed to undergo numerous surgeries before the ulcers were able to be treated. Fortunately, his condition was treated with procedures normal for ulcers triggered by blood vessel obstruction, but at the cost of a medical mistake.

Elderly people need to take care of their feet. For care, seek podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can diagnose any conditions as well as care for your foot and ankle needs.  

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. There are many complications that can lead to serious issues, if the problem is not taken care of right away.

Common Conditions 

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
Pressure sores
Loss of circulation in legs & feet
Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
Injuries left unnoticed
Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

Bacteria- feet which are exposed to floors that have moist environments like pools and spas are prone to bacteria. These areas can contribute to foot funguses and other diseases.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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