Clinical Aspects of Foot Health in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease



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López-López, Daniel and Grela-Fariña, Marta and Losa-Iglesias, Marta and Calvo Lobo, César and Rodríguez Sanz, David and Palomo-López, Patricia and Becerro de Bengoa Vallejo, Ricardo (2018) Clinical Aspects of Foot Health in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (2). p. 286. ISSN 1660-4601

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) shows a marked presence of physiologic changes and the start or aggravation of underlying diseases such as physical frailty in diverse anatomical regions. It is believed to have a particularly harmful effect on the health of the foot. We examined the foot health status in older persons with AD, with a specific focus on the extent to which people with AD may be using inadequate footwear in old age. Seventy-three community-dwelling people with probable, mild to moderate AD aged 65–95 years were recruited from a center of excellence for AD. A single trained physician evaluated health status and foot conditions. Current shoe and foot length and width measurements were taken using a calibrated Brannock device. The results indicate that sixty-five participants (89.04%) suffered from feet problems. Also, only twenty-two subjects (30.14%) used the correct shoes in width and size related with the morphology of their feet. Fifty-one participants (69.86%) were using incorrect shoes in length or width. The present study revealed that peoples with AD had a high presence of foot health problems. Also, the use of inappropriate shoes revealed measurable differences of association between shoe size and the morphology of the foot.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Alzheimer’s disease; foot diseases; joint flexibility; musculoskeletal system; shoes
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Musculoskeletal System
Medical sciences > Nursing
Medical sciences > Nursing > Podiatry
ID Code:63392
Deposited On:14 Dec 2020 16:12
Last Modified:14 Dec 2020 16:12

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