Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

Podiatric Medicine

A Geriatric Imperative
  • Arthur E. HelfandEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_408-2



There is perhaps no program more in need of podiatric involvement than the concerns for older individuals and the entire aspects of gerontology and geriatrics. In the stress of today’s society, physical and psychological degeneration associated with aging and chronic disease, years of microtrauma, use and abuse, as well as neglect contribute to the development of foot and related problems in older individuals. If we recognize that motivation is a key for older individuals to remain active and productive so that there is a quality of life and life is worth living, the ability to walk and remain ambulatory is an important catalyst for society’s goal of independent living and dignity. To older individuals, the poor, and individuals with physical or mental impairments, the inability to move about means social segregation, a loss of efficiency, declining health, and resultant personality and emotional changes. In effect, older individuals are running out of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community Health and Aging and Retired ChairTemple University School of Podiatric MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Danan Gu
    • 1
  • Leilani Feliciano
    • 2
  1. 1.Population Division, Department of Economic and Social AffairsUnited NationsNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Department of PsychologyColorado SpringsUSA