Older people can prevent many foot problems by following a few simple tips.
Bathe your feet every day in lukewarm water and bath soap. Blot the feet dry with a towel. As you bathe, look to see if the skin is rough. If so, use a skin moisturizer recommended by your podiatrist. If your feet sweat a lot use a foot powder prescribed for you.
Diabetics and people with circulation problems should never cut their own nails. Never cut into the corners of the nails. If your nails are thickened, if you are diabetic or have poor circulation consult your podiatrist. If you are healthy and your nails are thin, your nails should be cut carefully and regularly.
Corns and Calluses are thickened areas of the skin over an area of excessive pressure from the underlying bone. Never use corn removers on these areas. Such products contain an acid, which can cause a burn in the skin that may lead to infection.
It’s a good idea to always wear socks or stockings with shoes. Socks or stockings should be changed daily. Because they restrict circulation, garters should be avoided. It is not advisable to tie knots in stockings to hold them up.
Walking is excellent exercise for anyone, but especially for older people. To aid you in walking, make sure your shoes provide support and protection. They should conform to the shape of your foot and allow adequate space for your toes. New shoes should be broken in gradually. Wear shoes that are appropriate for the activity, especially if you participate in sports.
With the right kind of attention our feet can carry us through an active old age. Regular preventive measures combined with professional care are big steps in the direction of better foot health for older people.
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