4 Valuable Foot Care Tips for Seniors
As we age, we need to be intentional about our foot and ankle care as issues become increasingly likely. We’ve rounded up four valuable foot care tips for seniors that go a long way in prevent major issues.
Prevent Fungal Infection
Certain fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, can be prevented with some best practices that are incredibly easy to implement. Ensuring that you are wearing a fresh pair of socks daily can go a long way in preventing fungal infection in your feet. It’s wise to dry your feet off before putting shoes on to keep your feet dry and infection at bay.
Maintain Good Blood Circulation
Especially as we age, blood circulation to our feet can decrease significantly. Fortunately, there are things you can do to support good blood circulation such as propping your feet up when seated. A few other best practices include making stretching a daily habit, even if only for a few minutes each morning and consistently moving your toes while seated.
If you’re an elderly smoker, now is the time to consider stopping. Did you know that smoking is known to have a negative impact on blood circulation? Even if you follow all of our tips for maintaining good blood circulation, your blood circulation can still be negatively impacted by smoking.
Keep Toenails Trimmed
Trimming your toenails incorrectly can quickly lead to painful issues such as ingrown toenails. Be sure to trim your toenails regularly, and correctly, to keep them in tip-top shape. Toenails should be trimmed straight across, and not trimmed any shorter than the skin at the tip of your toe.
Before letting small issues persist, schedule a visit with your podiatrist. A visit at the outset of the issue and regular preventative measures can prevent painful problems down the road.