How Feet Indicate Health Issues in Seniors

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Yellow eyes and pale skin tell a lot about deteriorating health. Similarly, feet can indicate serious health issues as well. Unresolved foot problems can have unanticipated consequences. Pain in feet, if left untreated, can cause a person to move less and gain weight.

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How Feet Indicate Health Issues in Seniors:

How Feet Indicate Health Issues in Seniors

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Yellow eyes and pale skin tell a lot about deteriorating health. Similarly, feet can indicate serious health issues as well. Unresolved foot problems can have unanticipated consequences. Pain in feet, if left untreated, can cause a person to move less and gain weight. Seniors often use creams and ointments to get rid of dark spots and other patches on the foot skin. If these spots and patches don’t go away, there may be some serious underlying health issues that should be addressed. Lehigh Valley Home Care professionals explain some important indications that your loved one’s feet can give about his or her health.

1. Sunken, Spoon-Shaped Toe Nails:

1. Sunken, Spoon-Shaped Toe Nails Anemia usually occurs as unnatural, spoon-shaped or concave toes’ nail beds, especially in moderate to severe cases. It is caused by insufficient hemoglobin, which is an iron-rich protein in the blood cells that carries oxygen to cells and carbon dioxide to the lungs. Internal bleeding like ulcers or heavy menstrual periods can cause anemia . Nail beds and skin both of fingers and toes appear pale. The nails also get brittle and feet feel cold. Frequent fatigue is the major indication of anemia, as are headaches, dizziness when standing, and shortness of breath.

2. Hairless Feet or Toes:

2. Hairless Feet or Toes Poor circulation can make hair disappear from feet and toes. This happens when the heart loses the ability to efficiently pump enough blood to all body parts because of arteriosclerosis, hardening of arteries . The low blood supply also makes feeling the pulse in feet difficult. When standing, the feet maybe dusky or bright red, but get pale immediately when elevated and the skin looks shiny. Seniors with poor circulation mostly know they have a cardiovascular condition like heart disease or a carotid artery but may not realize its physical effects.

3. Frequent Foot Cramping (Charley Horses):

3. Frequent Foot Cramping (Charley Horses ) The sudden feeling of a foot cramp is basically the hard contraction of a muscle, which is a result of fleeting circumstances like dehydration or exercise. It usually happens if there is a lack of sufficient calcium, magnesium, or potassium in the diet. It mostly happens with women after menopause . Charley horses rear up without any warning, often when your loved one may be just lying down. It can occur as a single sharp muscle spasm or in form of waves. In both forms, soreness can stay long afterward.

4. Non-Healing Sores on the Bottom of the Foot:

4. Non-Healing Sores on the Bottom of the Foot This is one of the major clues to diabetes. High blood sugar levels cause nerve damage in the feet due to which minor cuts, scrapes, or irritations caused by friction or pressure remain unnoticed, particularly when a senior is unaware of the disease. If remain untreated, these sores can lead to infection, even amputation in severe cases. Oozing or foul-smelling minor injuries are the main suspect because they have been there for awhile unnoticed and untreated. Other symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, persistent thirst, increased fatigue, extreme hunger, blurry vision, and weight loss. These are some of the many ways your loved one’s feet can indicate serious health issues. You can consider turning to Lehigh valley,PA respite care if your loved one needs assistance with mobility, managing symptoms of a chronic disease or simply with activities of daily living.

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DESCEMBER: Home Care Assistance Allentown, PA, offers in-home caregivers who promote health and well being of seniors. We allow seniors to age at the comfort of their home. We serve Leigh County, Allentown, Nazareth, Easton, Whitehall, and the surrounding areas. Our caregivers help seniors in companionship, nutrition, medication reminders, or household chores. We specialize in live-in respite care for seniors. We make flexible hourly plans for seniors to enable a purposeful life. We offer a 100% guaranteed satisfaction and no long-term contracts. We embrace positive approach based on the unique needs of seniors. Phone : 484-514-1500 Url : http://www.homecareassistancelehighvalley.com/ Address : 1104 S Cedar Crest Blvd #200, Allentown, PA , 18103

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