Thanks to our Director of Health Services, Ashley May (RN), for putting together this post!
Foot problems are especially common in older people, for a variety of reasons. Feet lose cushioning as they age, and the skin and nails can grow dry and brittle. Disease, improperly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don’t fit properly are other common issues in the aging population. This is why it is important to make sure we are looking at our feet each day and making note of any changes that may occur.
Follow these simple steps to keep your feet happy:
- Examine your feet daily for dryness, breaks in the skin, calluses, etc. Do this in a good light and, if your eyesight is poor, have someone do it for you.
- Use a lanolin moisturizing cream for dry and cracked skin. If your feet perspire, dust lightly with talcum powder. Remove excess cream or powder from between your toes to avoid skin breakdown.
- Wear shoes and socks that fit your feet and are comfortable and change your socks daily.
- Exercise daily.
- Wash your feet every day. Always test the water temperature with your wrist or elbow to avoid burning your feet, particularly if your circulation is poor. Pat – don’t rub — your feet dry and be sure to dry between and under the toes.
- Soaking your feet is soothing and beneficial, but never soak for more than ten minutes to avoid dry skin.
- Cut or file your nails straight across and never shorter than the end of your toe. Use nail clippers, scissors, a rounded, diamond-chip nail file or an emery board.
If you would like more information about foot care, or have concerns about your loved one, please contact our Health Services Department by calling 218-287-6900.