It’s no surprise that many family caregivers don’t go around thinking about their elderly loved one’s feet or how to properly take care of them. In younger people, the condition of their feet is often taken for granted until something goes wrong. As the body ages, it’s not unusual to experience declining foot health. Many painful foot conditions are linked to diseases, illnesses and problems in the elderly. When the feet are in pain, then a senior’s mobility is limited as well. Serious foot issues can even mean illness or infection, which can be a big health risk. All in all, it’s a good idea to take care of your elderly loved one’s feet whenever possible and prevent all kinds of problems.
Family caregivers have to help their aging loved one maintain their health as well as they can, and that includes the feet. Some of the problems that develop in the feet include brittle nails, dry skin, tingling, itching, cramping, aching, numbness and pain. Arthritis, diabetes, circulation issues, bone spurs, corns, ingrown nails, fungus and more can all cause feet to suffer. While it’s impossible to prevent every illness, some good preventative foot care can go a long way toward minimizing the risk of developing foot problems.
Here are some tips on elderly care for feet on a regular basis to reduce health issues down the road or to spot problems that are just beginning:
- Wipe the feet every day with a warm washcloth and blot them dry with a towel.
- Use a mild soap when washing the feet and avoid heavy dyes and perfumes.
- Avoid vigorous rubbing with a towel to dry them as this can irritate the thin skin on the feet.
- Always dry in between the toes as that is often where foot fungus first develops.
- Apply a light moisturizer to the feet to keep them soft.
- Put cotton socks on the feet to keep them clean and dry.
- Inspect the feet regularly and make note of anything out of the ordinary for a doctor to look at.
- Clip the toenails after soaking the feet in warm water for easier trimming.
- Use clippers to trim the toenails straight across.
- Elevate the feet when the elderly person is sitting down as often as possible for the best circulation.
- Make sure the shoes fit properly and are not rubbing on the feet.
- Schedule an annual foot exam to check for any hidden issues.
By taking good care of the feet before any problems arise, elderly loved ones can enjoy many years of foot health. If the feet are ignored by family caregivers, they can develop cracks, fungus and foot ulcers, which can lead to infections. Diabetic ulcers can also develop quickly for those seniors with the condition and lead to immense foot problems. When family caregivers make foot health a part of an elderly care plan, their aging loved ones will be able to enjoy pain-free and problem-free feet for years to come.
SOMETIMES A LITTLE HELP AROUND THE HOUSE AND A REGULAR COMPANION CAN BRIGHTEN A SENIOR’S LIFE. IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME ELDERLY CARE IN PEORIA, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.