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Foot Care in Aged Care

Foot problems are a common accompaniment of advancing age and are associated with impaired mobility, limited independence and diminished quality of life. Despite the significant impact that foot problems have on the lives of older people, these problems can be overlooked by medical and nursing staff, and this has a significant impact upon the health and well being of those in care. This chapter examines the specific foot-care issues associated with ageing, including both structural and functional disorders as well as disease states, and recommends a range of contemporary treatment pathways that can contribute significantly to an improved quality of life.

Contents include

  • The prevalence of foot problems
  • Consequences of foot problems
  • The effects of ageing
  • Management of common foot disorders and diseases
  • Structural problems
  • Functional problems
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Author / Editor Biographies

Hylton Menz graduated with a bachelor's degree in podiatry from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) in 1993, and more recently completed his PhD at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (New South Wales, Australia) investigating gait patterns in older people. He has worked as a lecturer at La Trobe University and the University of Western Sydney (New South Wales, Australia). Hylton is currently NHMRC Australian Clinical Research Fellow at the Musculoskeletal Research Centre at LaTrobe University.

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