Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

Living Edition
| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

Podiatric Medicine

A Geriatric Imperative
  • Arthur E. HelfandEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_408-1

Synonyms

Overview

There is perhaps no program more in need of podiatric involvement than the concerns for older individuals and the entire aspects of gerontology and geriatrics. In the stress of today’s society, physical and psychological degeneration associated with aging and chronic disease, years of microtrauma, use and abuse, as well as neglect contribute to the development of foot and related problems in older individuals. If we recognize that motivation is a key for older individuals to remain active and productive so that there is a quality of life and life is worth living, the ability to walk and remain ambulatory is an important catalyst for society’s goal of independent living and dignity. To older individuals, the poor, and individuals with physical or mental impairments, the inability to move about means social segregation, a loss of efficiency, declining health, and resultant personality and emotional changes. In effect, older individuals are running out of...

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Notes

Summary

The attempt has been made to briefly outline the older person’s special foot health needs, particularly those associated with systemic disease (Dinh 2011; Halter et al. 2003). It should be noted that the podiatric management of many of these involves assessment and the management of the pathomechanics related to disease. The prime concern should be the total patient and the utilization of all health professionals as a team if comprehensive care is to be achieved (Arenson et al. 2009; Ham et al. 2014; Helfand 2012).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Podiaric MedicineTemple UniversityNarberthUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community Health and AgingTemple University School of Podiatric MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Leilani Feliciano
    • 1
  • Danan Gu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsUSA
  2. 2.Population Division, Department of Economic and Social AffairsUnited NationsNew YorkUSA