August 10th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
You know that awful feeling you get when your feet feel like they’re on fire after you’ve been on them for hours? Imagine having that pain all the time just for being on your feet for a short while!
As seniors age, they can experience worsened foot problems which can cause everything from pain to other health problems. To keep your seniors’ feet comfortable, make sure you’re taking a few extra measures each day.
Wear the Right Shoes
While your mom might love wearing high heels or flip-flops, those shoes can be seriously damaging to elderly feet because they don’t offer the right support, if any. Seniors should be wearing orthopedic shoes that offer good arch support and reduce joint stress.
Wear the Right Size Shoe
Have you taken Dad shoe shopping in the morning when you’ve gone to visit him? Not the best move. Feet swell throughout the day, so if you’re shoe shopping in the morning, seniors may be getting shoes that are too small and end up causing them discomfort. It’s best to buy shoes in the evening when your Loved One’s feet are more “true to size.”
Wear The Right Socks
Sock seams can rub up against seniors’ feet and ankles and cause painful skin irritation. It’s best to make sure they’re wearing seamless socks that are made from softer, less irritating fabrics. While you’re at it, choose socks that also help circulation.
Invest in Pedicures
If seniors’ toenails are overgrown or misshapen, they can make shoes uncomfortable to wear, and callused feet can cause them to feel more pressure and sensitivity. Twice a month, treat your elderly Loved Ones to a pedicure to keep their feet and toenails in good shape.
Plus, regular pedicures will help them feel relaxed and pampered!
Have Corns Treated Properly
Anyone who’s had a corn knows how painful they can be. Seniors may try to use a razor or knife to remove corns themselves, but that’s both unsafe and unsanitary. Treat corns with over-the-counter medicines, or have a doctor look at them if they’re particularly bad.
Schedule Regularly Doctor’s Appointments
Seniors’ feet can develop a number of problems, so it’s important to schedule regular appointments with a GP or podiatrist in order to spot any issues early on and correct them as soon as possible.
At Loved Ones, we make it our priority to make sure the seniors in your life are well-cared for and kept safe. With our “never alone” promise, you can rest assured, your loved one will be in the greatest care.