Foot Aging Syndrome
19 Jan 2018
Foot Aging Syndrome

As time has progressed, science and technology have made it possible for all humankind to live longer. The current world situation, especially in the western hemisphere shows an increase in the population over the age of 60 years.
Data processed by the UN highlight the need to know, control and prevent pathologies that affect the elderly population; this is the driving force that has made foot aging syndrome (FAS) a universally recognised condition.

FAS or Foot Aging Syndrome includes all the signs and symptoms of foot aging, regarding both skin and nails. Being able to control foot pathologies caused by aging means not only reducing the risk of elderly people falling over (and the consequent fractures), but also improving the quality of their daily life.

The motor limitations that FAS brings ultimately compromise the independence of the elderly, the very fear of falling over acts as a deterrent to carrying out the most natural actions such as standing, walking, washing, cutting toenails etc., all signs that could in the long-term result in the person being confined to their bed.

The professional figure able to diagnose, control and prevent such pathologies is the Specialist Podiatrist, who can recommend the preventive treatment or therapy most suited to the individual.

FAS includes the following pathologies/disorders:

  • Severe skin dryness
  • Epidermal crack
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Venous insufficiency or chronic venous disease
  • Hyperalgesic conditions or Hypersensitivity to pain
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Onychomycosis
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