At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we understand aging is inevitable, and foot problems could be one of the first signs of aging. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls have become the leading cause of injury among Americans aged 65 and older. Addressing early warning signs can make a big difference in the overall well-being of seniors. We always want our Middlesex County patients to stay healthy and safe. Below, you will find a collection of facts about falling, commonly asked questions, and our best senior foot care tips.
Facts About Falling
- One out of five falls causes a serious injury (such as broken bones or a head injury).
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
- Feet kept clean and healthy helps keep your balance, so falls are less likely.
What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?
What Can Happen After a Fall?
- Falls can cause sprained or even broken toes and ankles
- Falls can cause head injuries
- Stiffness or numbness in legs and feet
What Are the Signs “Senior Care” Is Needed?
- Foot pain that gets worse with physical activity
- Slow-healing wounds or wounds that don’t heal at all
- Swelling in the feet and ankles
- Discomfort or pain that alters the way you walk
- Tingling, burning, or numbness in the feet
Foot Care Tips for Seniors
- Wear loose-fitting dry, clean socks every day
- Establish a healthy foot care routine
- Perform self-examinations between podiatrist visits (note: this is not a substitute for a physical examination.)
- Keep feet moisturized
- Keep nails clipped, straight down to the toenail
At Feet First Foot Care, establishing a routine visit with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is easy. Please call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or schedule online via our website, and our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm.