Clinical Aspects of Foot Health in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
AbstractAlzheimer’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. View Full-Text
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López-López, D.; Grela-Fariña, M.; Losa-Iglesias, M.E.; Calvo-Lobo, C.; Rodríguez-Sanz, D.; Palomo-López, P.; Becerro-de-Bengoa-Vallejo, R. Clinical Aspects of Foot Health in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 286.
López-López D, Grela-Fariña M, Losa-Iglesias ME, Calvo-Lobo C, Rodríguez-Sanz D, Palomo-López P, Becerro-de-Bengoa-Vallejo R. Clinical Aspects of Foot Health in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(2):286.Chicago/Turabian Style
López-López, Daniel; Grela-Fariña, Marta; Losa-Iglesias, Marta E.; Calvo-Lobo, César; Rodríguez-Sanz, David; Palomo-López, Patricia; Becerro-de-Bengoa-Vallejo, Ricardo. 2018. "Clinical Aspects of Foot Health in Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 2: 286.
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