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Foot problems 

Foot problems
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Foot problems
Author(s):

Hylton B. Menz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0076
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date: 18 October 2019

Foot problems affect one in four people aged over 65 years and have a major detrimental impact on mobility and quality of life. With advancing age, the foot undergoes several cutaneous, vascular, neurological, and musculoskeletal changes, all of which may impair this important weight bearing function and predispose the older person to the development of foot symptoms. This chapter provides an overview of the prevalence and impact of foot problems in older people, and briefly discusses the management of common foot problems in older people including skin and nail disorders, vascular disorders, and structural deformities. The important role of footwear in the management of foot problems is also highlighted.

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