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Five Common Foot Problems in Older Adults

What are common foot problems in older adults?

Foot problems can impact our daily lives, causing discomfort and pain that hinder mobility and overall well-being. Among adults, several foot conditions are prevalent and can range from mildly bothersome to severely debilitating. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top most common foot problems that adults frequently encounter. Understanding these conditions is the first step towards proper prevention and effective management, ensuring that your feet remain healthy and pain-free.

1. Plantar Fasciitis

This condition involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot, and often causes heel pain, especially in the morning.

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Is it possible to cure Plantar Fasciitis in one week?

While complete resolution of plantar fasciitis within one week is unlikely, several measures can help manage and alleviate symptoms over time: Rest, Stretching Exercises, Footwear, Icing, Anti-Inflammatory Medications, Physical Therapy, Night Splints, Corticosteroid Injections, Shockwave Therapy and lastly, Surgery.

2. Bunions

Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe joint and can be painful. They often result from abnormal foot mechanics or ill-fitting footwear.

Feet with Bunion

Many asks, does Bunion Corrector Work?

Bunion correctors are orthopedic devices designed to alleviate bunion-related discomfort and potentially slow the progression of the deformity. They come in various forms, such as splints, braces, and toe separators, and claim to provide several benefits: Pain Relief, Toe Alignment and Prevention.

While bunion correctors may provide relief for some individuals and potentially slow the progression of bunions, their effectiveness can vary.

3. Ingrown Toenails

When a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, it can become painful, swollen, and infected.

How to fix ingrown toenail permanently?

While some home remedies and self-care measures can provide temporary relief from ingrown toenails, achieving a permanent solution typically requires more comprehensive approaches. These are: Proper Nail Trimming, Footwear Selection, Soak Your Feet, Gently Lift the Nail, Use Antibiotics, Orthodontic Devices, Partial Nail Removal and Matrixectomy or Nail Matrix Removal Surgery.

feet with Ingrown Toenails

4. Corns and Calluses

These are areas of thickened, hardened skin that develop in response to friction or pressure, often on the feet.

feet with Corns and Calluses

Corn and Callus remover

Corn removers are topical treatments designed to soften and gradually remove corns. They are available in various forms, including: Over-the-Counter (OTC) Topical Creams and Pads, Pumice Stones or Files, Moisturizers and Custom Orthotics or Inserts

When using corn removers or any other method to treat corns, it’s essential to follow the instructions carefully and be patient, as it may take time for the corn to soften and resolve completely. For severe or painful corns, or if you have underlying medical conditions like diabetes or poor circulation, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist.

5. Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes itching, burning, and cracking of the skin, typically between the toes.

Athlete’s foot, medically known as tinea pedis, occurs due to fungal infections caused by dermatophytes, which are a group of fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments. There are medically approved reasons why athlete’s foot occurs:
Fungal Infection, Warm and Moist Conditions, Weakened Immune System, Poor Foot Hygiene, Foot Trauma or Injuries, Sharing Contaminated Items, Certain Footwear and Genetic Predisposition.

feet with Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s Foot Spray vs. Athlete’s Foot Cream

When it comes to treating athlete’s foot, there are two common options available.

Athlete’s Foot Spray

Quick Application – Sprays are easy to apply and provide even coverage over affected areas.
Cooling Sensation – Some sprays contain ingredients like menthol, which can provide a soothing, cooling sensation.
Drying Effect – Sprays may help keep the affected area dry, which is beneficial for preventing the growth of fungi.

Athlete’s Foot Cream

Direct Application – Creams can be applied directly to the affected skin, allowing for targeted treatment.
Moisturizing – Many creams contain moisturizing ingredients that can help soothe dry, itchy skin.
Convenient for Severe Cases – Creams may be preferable for more severe or stubborn cases of athlete’s foot.

Dr. Darren Leavitt is your dedicated foot surgeon, leading the way at Calgary Foot Surgery.

Dr. Darren Leavitt, currently maintains privileges at Riverview Surgical Centre in Calgary, an Alberta Health Services certified outpatient facility where he performs his private elective procedures.

It’s advisable to consult a Podiatrist for an accurate assessment of your specific condition and guidance on the most suitable treatment options for managing your foot problems.


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