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Foot Cramps in the Elderly

Foot cramps are a result of the foot muscles involuntarily contracting. They are inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even painful, but they are usually not serious. One may experience a foot cramp due to dehydration, muscle fatigue, or exercising without proper stretching of the calves and feet. They may also result from a side effect of a medication or a nutritional deficiency. With age, nerves and muscles may wear out and cramping can occur. Older people are also generally less active than younger people, therefore, they may have a higher risk for these muscle spasms. Furthermore, nocturnal foot cramps may be related to a circulation disorder, which is also more common among the elderly. Wearing well-fitting, supportive shoes can help as well as massaging the feet and using cool or warm compresses when a foot cramp occurs. If you suffer from severe or frequent muscle cramps in your feet, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can help diagnose the cause and provide the proper treatment regime.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Mercer Ocean Podiatry. 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 Mercerville, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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