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Prolific marathon runner Bill Fornoff has announced that he will be officially retired from running starting Thanksgiving Day.
Fornoff, 70, has been running for 37 years. He is scheduled to have surgery to replace his right knee soon, and has been forced to acknowledge that he can’t do the same things he used to when he was younger.
“I understand that’s the end of running,” he said. “But it’s time to do it.” Fornoff has competed in 76 marathons and 56 ultra-marathons in his lifetime, leaving behind a legacy in the world of running.
It can be hard for seniors to adjust to new foot care habits. If you are older and want to maintain good foot health, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry . Dr. Ladah will provide an exercise regimen and help determine the severity of your foot and ankle condition.
Gerontology and Foot Care
Helping Elderly Patients Take Care of Their Feet
While people of all ages should be aware of potential foot problems, it is especially true for the aging and elderly populations. Medical conditions and physical limitations that develop slowly as we age may prevent people from being able to monitor their foot health. This can be due to poor eyesight, and not being able to see or detect developing situations. Neuropathy can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide a variety of potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Reduced flexibility may prevent proper toenail trimming and foot cleansing, and may lead to some of the following medical problems.
What Can Cause Foot Sores?
-Caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well.
-Injuries that have gone unnoticed, or sustaining open cuts and bruises.
-Pressure on the foot which can lead to sores, or standing for too long.
-Insect or pet bites that can become inflamed or infected.
Why it is important to take care of your feet
-Diabetes, poor circulation and various neurological diseases and general loss of sensitivity over the years can turn a simple cut or injury into potential cause for hospitalization.
-Feet are susceptible to infection due to contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria
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