Aging brings many physical changes to the body. We start losing muscle mass, bones become weaker and our joints seem to lose its flexibility. Falls are a constant danger for seniors. Weak bones and altered balance makes foot injury a constant concern among seniors.
Seniors are at high risk for developing foot disorders due to aging or an underlying disease. Common foot disorders include arthritis, fungal nails, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. But having healthy feet in your senior years is possible with this simple foot care tips.
Fall Prevention Tips
Weaker muscles and poor eyesight increases a senior’s risk for falls and accidents. Use assistive devices such as canes or handrails to minimize accidents. Keep floor surfaces dry and free from obstructions.
Check medications for side effects that may increase your risk for falls. Some medications may contain powerful sedatives that clouds your sense of balance.
Use non-skid shoes and avoid high heels or those with slippery soles.
Walking as an exercise. This activity helps keep your feet and muscles strong. While running may be out of the question for most seniors, walking is a gentle way of keeping your heart, lungs and feet healthy.
Senior Foot Care
Those with previous history of foot injuries and arthritis should visit a podiatrist regularly. Foot injuries that failed to heal completely could be a cause of discomfort in your senior years. A visit to a podiatrist can help identify if you are suffering from a foot injury. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specializes in helping seniors with foot disorders.
Foot health is one area that diabetics should always look at closely. Check your feet daily for ulcers or infection.
Keep your feet warm and dry. Use socks if necessary. Keep your feet’s skin moisturized to avoid cuts and blisters.
Proper toe nail trimming. Trim toenails straight across and avoid cutting it too short. Improper trimming can cause the development of an ingrown toenail.
Wear non-slip shoes that are comfortable and offer extra foot support.
Daily foot massages to improve blood flow to the feet. Avoid wearing constrictive socks or garters that impede normal circulation.
Seek medical attention for chronic foot pain. Healing can be more complicated in our senior years but early diagnosis improves your chances for a full recovery.