LOCATED IN HONOLULU, HI
As we age, it's crucial to pay attention to our overall health, including our feet. Expert podiatrist Ken G Sakuda, DPM located in Honolulu, Hawaii focuses on maintaining optimal foot health in older adults. With aging, our feet undergo natural changes that can lead to various conditions and discomfort. To see how you can benefit from expert geriatric foot care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
What is geriatric foot care?
Geriatric foot care refers to the specialized medical attention given to the feet of older adults. It focuses on identifying and managing foot conditions that commonly affect seniors due to the natural aging process and age-related factors. Dr. Sakuda's objective is to promote foot health, alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance the overall quality of life in older individuals.
What are the symptoms of geriatric foot problems? They may appear as:
Foot pain or tenderness
Swelling in the feet and ankles
Reduced range of motion
Difficulty walking or standing for extended periods
Calluses, corns, or bunions
Dry, cracked, or itchy skin
Fungal infections like athlete's foot
Balance problems or falls due to foot-related issues
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact Dr. Sakuda immediately for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Recognizing the early signs of foot problems can help in prompt intervention and prevention of severe complications
What are the risk factors for geriatric foot problems?
Several factors can increase the risk of developing foot problems as we age. These include:
Reduced circulation and blood flow
Weakening of bones and muscles
Nerve damage (neuropathy)
Chronic diseases like diabetes and arthritis
Obesity or excessive weight gain
Poorly fitting footwear or lack of proper foot support
Previous foot injuries or surgeries
Inadequate foot hygiene and self-care practices
Understanding and addressing these risk factors can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing foot complications.
How are geriatric foot problems diagnosed?
When evaluating geriatric foot conditions, Dr. Sakuda typically employs the following diagnostic approaches. A thorough examination of the feet, including inspection for visible abnormalities, assessing range of motion, and checking for sensation and reflexes. Discussing the patient's medical background, including any chronic conditions, previous foot problems, surgeries, or injuries. Imaging Tests: X-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasound may be used to examine bones, joints, and soft tissues to identify fractures, arthritis, or other underlying issues. Prompt diagnosis enables Dr. Sakuda to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
How are geriatric foot problems treated?
Treatment approaches for geriatric foot conditions may vary depending on the specific condition and its severity. Common treatments include medication, footwear modifications, orthotic devices such as shoe inserts and braces, physical therapy, foot care practices such as keeping toenails trimmed and monitoring and correcting ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses, and proper footwear selection and maintenance.
Geriatric foot care plays a crucial role in preventing complications and maintaining overall foot health for individuals as we age. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to have Dr. Sakuda develop a custom foot care plan for you.