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Why Aging Feet Need Regular Care

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 00:00

Foot care for the elderly is important as skin tends to thin out and lose elasticity, and nails can become dry and brittle—making the feet more susceptible to infections, blisters, toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, and more. It is important for an aging adult to practice regular foot care, or if they cannot do it themselves, have a caretaker do it. Toenails should be trimmed and filed regularly: straight across, and not too short in order to avoid ingrown toenails. Nail clippers should be sanitized and never shared. Feet should be cleaned, moisturized, and inspected daily for signs of infection which may include cracks, blisters, discolored nails, or bleeding sores. Footwear should be properly sized with good arch support to aid in mobility and prevent slips and falls. Shoes should never force the feet or toes into a position that is uncomfortable or restricts circulation. Additionally, older adults should make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and possibly even a gait analysis to detect and treat any developing or existing conditions.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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