Leg Ulcers are Common among Elderly

Leg UlcersElderly reverend Grahame Stephens was admitted into the hospital recently for difficulties rising from ulcers on his ankle. At first, medics thought it was a problem with Stephen’s high blood pressure. When the sores deteriorated even more, they looked at their diagnosis again.

Doctors then understood that the reverend’s dilemmas were really produced by obstruction in his leg’s main vein. Stephens had to experience an extreme quantity of surgery before the ulcers were able to be re-treated. This time his condition was treated with procedures normal for ulcers triggered by blood vessel obstruction.

If you believe you are suffering from foot pain, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.  

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, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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