Common Geriatric Foot Problems

By Gresham Podiatry Center
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Condition

Discover the most common conditions that affect your aging feet and what you can do about it.geriatric foot care

Our feet are always working hard for us everyday. Of course, as we get older we start to notice changes in the way our bodies function. Some seemingly easy tasks are now a bit harder. Some days you may feel stiff, sore or more tired than others. While it’s normal to not always have good days, it’s important that if you are dealing with any of these foot problems that you turn to our Gresham, OR, podiatrists, Dr. Derek McCammon and Dr. Grayden King, for care and helpful advice.

Some of the most common geriatric foot problems we see include:


This is a fairly common foot deformity that occurs thanks to a combination of both genetics and poor footwear over the years. While bunions can occur in just about any joint in the foot, it most often affects the joint at the base of the big toe. If this joint juts out from the foot and sometimes causes you pain and swelling then you may have a bunion.

Luckily, our Gresham foot doctors can provide you with simple, at-home measures to prevent the deformity from getting worse. Very rarely is surgery needed to correct the issue.


This is another deformity that affects the shape and structure of your toes. It most often plagues the middle joint of the small toes, causing the affected toes to bend downward. Hammertoes often resemble a claw. If caught soon enough we can provide you with conservative treatment options to prevent the joint from losing its flexibility and to reduce symptoms.

Corns and Calluses

The structure and shape of our feet often change over the years. This, coupled with shoes that don’t fit properly and a lack of natural moisture within the skin, can lead to painful corns and calluses on the feet and toes.

In healthy individuals, corns and calluses can be prevented by wearing footwear that won’t put pressure on the toes and gives toes room to move around and by applying protective non-medicated padding to areas that are prone to developing corns and calluses.


It’s fairly common for elderly patients to experience some form of arthritis, particularly in the feet and hands. The condition can cause weakness, swelling and joint pain in the feet. Arthritis medication is one of the best ways to manage this chronic condition, but we can also provide handy tips for easing painful arthritis symptoms in your feet.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is quite often the result of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, which can usually be treated with simple at-home measures to speed up healing and reduce inflammation. Of course, chronic heel pain may require more advanced and aggressive options like shockwave therapy, ultrasound therapy or corticosteroid injections.

Do you have questions about the symptoms you are experiencing? Do you want to find out more about the foot care services we offer in Gresham, OR? Then call Gresham Podiatry Center today.