Foor care for seniors can help you stay active!
As we age, our bodies need a little extra help. This is a natural part of the aging process and it doesn’t have to mean the end of the road. You can still be very active and healthy as you age if you take care of your body. Foot care for seniors is very important, because it can mean the difference between a limited or active lifestyle.
Seniors and Their Feet
Unfortunately foot problems are very common in elderly people. This is because we begin to lose the cushioning in our feet as our skin begins to thin and dry out more and fat pads deteriorate. Poor circulation can also lead to problems with sore and wound healing. As you get older, your footwear becomes more important than ever. It is essential to get a few pairs of shoes that are sturdy and provide your feet with plenty of room. Try to avoid wearing tight shoes (such as high heels) as much as possible, because they constrict your toes and put pressure on your feet. Make sure you are giving your feet plenty of time to move and breathe as well. If you tend to sit down most of the day, give yourself stretch breaks every hour or so.
Common Problems and How to Treat Them
Foot care for seniors should address the following problems that seniors develop more often than others:
- Athlete's Foot or fungal infection – Fungus thrives in warm and moist areas, such as your shoes. If you don’t change your shoes daily and keep your feet clean, then you may be at risk of developing an infection.
- Dry skin – As you age, your skin will begin to dry out. You can treat this by using lotion or petroleum jelly to keep it hydrated.
- Corns/calluses – Wearing shoes that fit properly will usually prevent these from forming. If you find one has formed, you can remove it by softening the skin in warm water and gently using a pumice stone on the dead skin.
- Heel spur – These calcium deposits can form on your heels if you are on your feet for prolonged periods of time. You can prevent them by wearing heel cups or another padded orthotic.
- Hammertoes – You might notice that your toes are bending up in the middle to resemble a hammer. Change your shoes to ones that give your toes room to lie flat.
- Diabetes – While not exactly a “foot condition,” it still directly affects your feet. Diabetic foot care for seniors is extremely important. Check them daily for signs of abnormality, and call us right away if you notice anything wrong, such as a wound that won’t heal.
When to Call a Doctor
If you notice that your feet ache more now that you are older, or you have a specific problem going on, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell for a consultation. At Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC we are your go-to place for foot care from infancy to old age.