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Few things will ruin your day as quickly as a sore foot - or worse - two sore feet. Every step you take is torture. And there’s no shortage of ways your feet can hurt - a simple blister, neuropathy, skin breaks, ingrown toenails, and sprains can all lead to any number of health conditions that can seriously jeopardize your health or the health of the senior in your life.
Here are a few care tips that you might find helpful:
- Keep ‘em Clean - good foot hygiene is critical to preventing fungal, viral, and bacterial infections.
- Trim Your Nails - keeping the toenails trimmed is an essential element of foot care. Untrimmed nails can not only cause pain but can interfere with stable walking which can lead to falls. This is especially important for seniors.
- Put Some Moisturizer on Those Puppies - dry feet are prone to cracking, flaking, and breaking which can be very painful. Apply a good foot lotion after the feet have been washed and thoroughly dried. This locks in the moisture, leaving skin soft and supple. After applying the moisturizer, throw on a pair of breathable cotton socks - you’ll feel like a king!
- Make Sure Your Footwear Fits Properly - wearing shoes that are too big or too small is not only uncomfortable, but it’s also not safe. The same goes for heels that are too high or shoes that don’t have the proper arch support.
- Monitor Sores - for anyone who spends most of their time in bed or in a chair, continuously resting their feet on a pillow, footstool, or mattress can lead to bedsores on their heels. This leads to number 6:
- Get Medical Attention When Needed - don’t assume that sores, broken skin, blisters, and ingrown toenails are going to just heal themselves. Untreated, these conditions can easily develop into a life-threatening situation. Keep an eye on the feet of the senior in your life.
- Promote Circulation - anyone who suffers from a chronic illness such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or any condition that limits their mobility may experience reduced circulation in their lower legs and feet. This can quickly lead to blood clots. Encourage circulation with foot massages and elevating your legs and feet when resting. Your physician might also prescribe compression hose.
Feet of all ages need tender loving care, but over time, feet flatten and become wider. The fatty padding wears down leaving the feet more susceptible to wear and tear. Be sure to monitor the feet of your senior to minimize and issue that might arise with their feet.