What’s so important about feet?
We don’t tend to think about them too often unless of course there’s a problem, but any foot pain or issue can be a warning sign of even more serious concerns. That’s why at Springfield Place and J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home, we have an on-site podiatrist who examines all our residents regularly. Our goal is always to prevent unchecked signs that can indicate other conditions.
A licensed, in-house podiatrist performs exams as needed to assess the overall health of the residents’ feet. He or she will identify potential problems. When necessary, he or she will treat the condition or coordinate care with the attending physician.
Circulation issues due to diabetes are common in seniors. When diabetic shoes are recommended, the primary care physician is contacted for insurance authorization. Once approved, the podiatrist will measure the foot/feet. He or she will then deliver the shoes and inserts and check for a proper fit.
What Is PAD?
Springfield Place and J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home’s in-house podiatry services are collaborating with our nursing and care staff to help spread awareness. A relatively unknown condition, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), affects more than 1 in 10 people over the age of 65.
We provide content and forums for residents, family members, and staff. Our goal is to bring attention to this silent but deadly disease that restricts blood flow in particular to the lower limbs. Symptoms of PAD are often ignored, masked, or assumed to be caused by the normal aging process. Because of this, nearly 50% of people with PAD remain untreated.
Who Is At Risk For PAD?
PAD affects at least 12 million people in the US
- Up to 50% have no recognizable symptoms.
- About 95% have at least one other chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure).
- About 50% remain untreated and risk amputation.
- Smokers have up to 4x greater risk of developing PAD.
- High blood pressure is found in more than 65% of PAD patients.
- People with Diabetes have up to a 4x higher risk of developing PAD, and up to 5x greater risk of amputation.
What Services Do Our On-Site Podiatrists Provide?
- Eliminating calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails
- Treatment of ulceration and abscesses
- Prevention against lower limb amputation
- Nail care
- We can also provide diabetic shoes and inserts.
Like all of the care staff at Springfield Place and J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home, our on-site podiatry team believes in quality services served with the warmth of proper care.