Geriatric Foot Care
As we get older, it’s important to take proper care of our feet.
Years of wear and tear can be hard on our feet, and lack of proper care can lead to many problems such as poor circulation, ingrown toenails, or foot disease.
The best way to stay on your feet is by avoiding problems to begin with. Proper foot care can help prevent many of the common foot ailments that come with aging.
Some ways to prevent problems are:
- Measure your foot each time you buy shoes. Your foot size changes as you get older so make sure you get accurate sized shoes. Make sure you measure both feet, as oftentimes one foot is bigger than the other.
- Avoid unneeded pressure from your shoes. Get shoes that are designed for the activities in which you participate. Make sure your shoes offer enough support and fit comfortably.
- Make sure you have proper circulation in your feet. This can be accomplished by putting them up when you are sitting or lying down.
- Consider having your feet massaged regularly. Or take a warm footbath after being on your feet for long periods of time.
The chance of foot problems increases with age, so it’s important to beware of issues that could arise. The sooner you catch issues, the easier treatment options usually are.
Common issues include:
- Fungal and Bacterial Conditions
- Dry Skin
- Ingrown Toenails
Taking care of your feet is the best way to prevent diseases or conditions from occurring. When left unchecked, minor foot issues can turn into major infections and ulcerations, presenting a very real and serious danger.
If you notice a condition, be sure to talk with your podiatrist for the best treatment options.