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Red Feet in Elderly Individuals

Red feet in the elderly can be a symptom with a myriad of potential causes. One primary contributor is reduced circulation, a common age-related issue that compromises blood flow to the extremities. Chronic venous insufficiency, where weakened veins struggle to return blood to the heart, may result in redness in the feet due to pooling blood. In some cases, medications or medical conditions affecting blood vessels can contribute to this discoloration. Additionally, inflammatory conditions like arthritis or infections might manifest as redness in the feet. Diabetic complications, particularly peripheral artery disease, may also lead to diminished blood supply and red discoloration. A podiatrist needs to conduct a thorough assessment to accurately diagnose and address the root causes of red feet in the elderly. If you or someone you know has this foot condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment options.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening 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

Susceptible Infections

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

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, Argyle, and Denton, TX. . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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