When aging adults suffer from recurring foot pain, the cause can be something minor or indicate a major health issue. Many basic foot care issues can be taken care at home, with good grooming and a conscientious focus on foot health. When family caregivers and elderly conduct regular foot inspections, they will quickly discover when something is happening, and they need to get the aging adult to a doctor.
Anyone with experience in caring for aging adults knows how important proper foot care is to overall health and wellness. However, many family caregivers don’t think about foot inspections or the steps that they need to take to ensure their elderly loved one has healthy feet. These steps are an excellent place to start when it comes to properly caring for an aging relative’s feet.
Step 1: Clean and Dry
Family caregivers and elderly care providers should wash the aging adult’s feet at least once per week with warm water and soap. Some find it convenient to do so during the bath or shower, while others choose to do it separately in a basin, and concentrate on foot care at that time. The soap should be rinsed off completely and family caregivers should pat the feet dry with a towel, even between the toes. Moisture can lead to fungus and bacterial growth, so feet should be as dry as possible.
Step 2: Trim the Nails
Seniors should have their toenails trimmed regularly to prevent painful growth and avoid ingrown nails which can lead to infection and pain. Sometimes, elderly toenails can become quite thick and hard to cut. Fortunately, there are several products on the market to help with thicker nails, or the family caregiver can take the senior to a salon for a full pedicure. Nails should always be trimmed even with the top of the toe for maximum comfort and health. Family caregivers should inspect the nail bed for damage, discoloration and other signs of a problem.
Step 3: Start at the Bottom
Family caregivers and elderly care providers should inspect the bottoms of the senior’s feet at least once per week. They are on the lookout for sores, blisters, cracks, calluses, and cuts. While it’s normal to develop these once in a while, if there are lots of new ones each week or they don’t show signs of healing, the aging adult should see a doctor. Family caregivers can tend to minor issues, like putting a bandage over a blister. However, if the blister isn’t healing, then the doctor needs to know.
Step 4: Socks and Shoes
Because feet are generally encased in shoes and socks all day, the family caregiver and elderly care provider should put some thought into these as well. Seniors should wear soft and dry socks with no seam to eliminate rubbing and blisters. If socks are not clean or they are damp from sweat, they should be changed. Shoes must be supportive and snug but not too tight. With the right foot care, aging adults can look forward to many pain-free steps in their future.
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Always Care of Georgia since 2001
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