Essential Foot Care Guidelines for Senior Citizens

As we age, it becomes increasingly important to pay special attention to our overall health. Sometimes our feet are overlooked despite the important role they play in our daily lives. Senior citizens, in particular, may face unique challenges when it comes to foot care. Proper foot care is essential to maintain mobility and prevent potential issues. Regularly inspecting the feet for cuts, bruises, or changes in color is a simple yet effective practice. Choosing comfortable and supportive footwear can alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of developing foot problems. Keeping the feet clean and dry, especially between the toes, helps prevent infections. Additionally, gentle exercises, like ankle rotations, can improve circulation and flexibility. By incorporating these foot care practices into their routine, seniors can promote overall well-being and enjoy an active lifestyle with happy and healthy feet. If you are elderly or are caring for a senior citizen, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist for additional tips on elderly foot care.

Foot problems can become increasingly common as we age, making everyday foot care especially important. To learn more about maintaining proper foot health, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Foot Problems

Certain foot problems may be more likely to affect older adults. 

Some examples of foot conditions that can be common in older adults include: 

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Calluses and corns

  • Blisters

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Deformities such as bunions or hammertoes

  • Fungal infections

  • Plantar warts

Systemic conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, are also more likely to affect older people and manifest symptoms in the feet and ankles. 

Daily Foot Care Tips

Having a daily foot care routine can help detect problems early on and prevent future issues. 

Things that you can do at home to care for your feet include: 

  • Washing the feet daily with warm water, drying them thoroughly, and then applying a moisturizer 

  • Trimming the toenails straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails

  • Performing daily foot exercises to improve foot strength and mobility

  • Wearing shoes when walking to avoid injury

  • Inspecting the feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, sores, or other abnormalities and seeking prompt treatment if any problems are discovered 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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