According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average 50-year-old American has walked over 75,000 miles in their lifetime — that is more than 3x the earth's circumference! This explains why seniors frequently suffer with foot disorders that lead to pain. Proper foot care is important for all seniors, but especially important for those who have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or any other health issue that cause poor circulation in the feet.
Avoiding an ingrown toenail is important for any senior, but for an individual with circulation issues, an ingrown toenail could lead to very serious problems. Making sure that the toenails are properly trimmed will help to prevent ingrown toenails.
Feet may become wider with age. It is wise to always have your feet measured before buying a new pair of shoes. Approximately 3/4 of seniors are wearing shoes that are too small. Shoes that are too small cause rubbing which will lead to bunions, calluses, and corns.
Socks and shoes should be worn at all times. This not only prevents falls, but also prevents injury. Seniors with poor circulation are more likely to sustain an unknown injury, which can lead to a serious infection. Wearing closed-toe shoes will help protect feet from injury. Slippers should always have closed toes and heels to prevent injury and falls.
With all of those miles trekked, senior feet deserve to relax. Foot spas and baths can help relax tense muscles in the feet. Soaking feet will help soothe dry skin. Regular muscle relaxing for your feet through foot baths can help prevent foot disorders caused by muscle tension.
Don't forget to moisturize! Applying lotion regularly to the feet will help eliminate dry skin and keep the feet healthy. Apply lotion to tops and bottoms of feet only — not between the toes.
Dove Home Health Professionals proudly provides foot and toenail care in Superior, WI. A nurse will perform nail trimming, inspections, and application of lotion in the privacy of the home. When medical conditions warrant, the physician will be contacted for approval prior to providing nail care. Fingernail trims are also available.