Often as people age, the bones and tendons weaken in the body and injuries become more likely. As the feet support a person’s entire body weight, foot problems are not uncommon for seniors. Here are a few common foot injuries hourly Ft. Lauderdale caregivers should be familiar with.
Weakened bones combined with body weight or the trauma of a fall commonly result in stress fractures or cracks in the bones of the foot. The injury causes pain with movement, standing or walking along with possible bruising. Treatment involves resting the foot, casting or walking boots and crutches. Prevention involves taking adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D along with getting moderate exercise three to four times weekly. Balance training may also help seniors with stress fractures.
Seniors are considered at high-risk for the condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is typically noticed as pain in the heel area when standing and walking. The injury occurs when protective fat padding gradually decreases, which puts more weight and stress on the heel bone. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment may involve orthotic inserts, splints, rest and possibly corrective surgery.
Elderly people who are overweight or extremely active are prone to developing bony growths or spurs on their heels. The injury causes stabbing pain in the morning, when standing or walking on hard surfaces. Specialized stretching exercises expand the connective tissues in the heel while making them more flexible. Extreme cases may require corrective surgery, which involves filing down the growth.
The term metatarsalgia involves a loss of the fat pad on the ball of the foot. The injury develops gradually with progressing pain that is similar to a dull ache. Remedying the problem may include choosing shoes that are wider in the toe and midfoot region. Shoes having rocker soles also help reduce stress on the ball of the foot. Footpads are another alternative. If these actions fail, podiatrists often recommend orthotic inserts.
Help your loved one avoid or recover from these foot injuries with help from a professional Ft. Lauderdale home care agency. Contact Home Care Assistance at (954) 909-0370 today to learn about our flexible live-in and hourly services designed to help seniors efficiently recover from injury while maintaining their independence. We are always available to answer your questions and schedule a free in-home consultation.