Physical medicine considerations in managing the older patient

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  • 1 Department of Community Health and Aging, Pennsylvania College of Pediatric Medicine, Philadelphia 19072.
  • | 2 Department of Community Health and Aging, Pennsylvania College of Pediatric Medicine, Philadelphia 19072.
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Foot problems are common in elderly patients, and the relief of foot pain can increase the rehabilitative potential for patients with chronic diseases, impairments, or disabilities. The authors discuss the process of evaluation of older persons, physical modalities that can be used as part of a rehabilitation program, and special considerations for various disorders common to geriatric patients. They also present a detailed description of a technique for the clinical management of peripheral arterial insufficiency.