IMPORTANCE OF FOOT HEALTH IN OLDER PEOPLE – A REVIEW OF LITERATURE IFA 11th Global Conference on Aging 28.5.-1.6.2012, Prague, Czech Rebublic
AUTHORSMinna Stolt, MNSc, Podiatrist, PhD candidate, Finnish Doctoral Programmein Nursing Science, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku,Finland, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgRiitta Suhonen, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Nursing Science,University of Turku, FinlandMatti Viitanen, PhD, MD, Professor, University of Turku, FinlandPäivi Voutilainen, PhD, RN, Adjunct Professor, Ministry of Social Affairs andHealth, FinlandHelena Leino-Kilpi, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Nursing Science,University of Turku and Nurse manager, The Hospital District of SouthwestFinland, Finland
BACKGROUND• Foot health is essential for older persons in maintaining functional ability and in managing daily activities.• Despite these foot problems are highly prevalent in older people.• Foot problems are often considered as a part of ageing process and not as a health problems needing professional care. 13.7.2012
AIM• to highlight the importance of foot health in older people without long- term foot-related diseases and• consequences of foot problems for older people• based on earlier literature
SEARCH• Medline and Cinahl databases• to identify articles focusing on foot problems and their influence on wellbeing in general.• Search terms were foot, problem, disorder, complaint, condition, disease• Limits: English language, aged 65 and over years and timeframe 2001-2011.
INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION CRITERIA• Inclusion criteria: • Empirical articles • Focus on older people without foot-related diseases• Exclusion criteria: • Articles concerning diabetes and surgery
SELECTION PROCESS OF THE ARTICLES• After two stage selection process 10 articles were identified for the content analysis.
RESULTS• Foot problems were reported to cause: • Disability • poorer functional status -> leading to increased risk of falls and impaired functional ability and balance.
RESULTS CONT.• Foot problems affect negatively: • quality of life and • in overall health and wellbeing.• Different foot problems increased the disabling foot pain especially in the area of toes.
CONCLUSION• Different foot problems hamper many ways older person’s safe living.• Due to growing number of older people in the future, careful attention needs to be paid to the promotion of foot health and to prevention of foot problems.• Regular foot health assessment• Untreated foot problems can affect older person’s general wellbeing and functional ability.
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