Geriatric Foot Care
For aging senior citizens, health problems are not completely avoidable, but with preventative steps and a little bit of added care, these problems can be minimized. The elderly are subject to many foot disorders that can leave them disabled if not prevented or treated. Some of these disorders include: arthritis, fungal nails, ingrown toenails, diabetic ulcers and corns and calluses.
Seniors have to keep their feet healthy so you they continue to enjoy retirement, playing with grandkids, the golf range, the tennis court or simply to walk from place to place. There are some tips that seniors should follow to make geriatric foot care a breeze!
Take your time. It sounds easy but in our faced paced society it is terribly important to remember that you can't function at the same blazing speed you could have decades earlier. The world will wait for you. Walk slowly and carefully, making sure your balance is intact. If you rush, the chances of falling and injuring your feet rises dramatically. When available, use handrails or other portable walking aids. When showering, use a stabilization bar to ensure you don't slip and fall.
It is also a good idea to keep floors and hallways in the home free of objects that could cause a potential fall. Get rid of throw-rugs because they are not usually anchored and could result in a slip. Exercise is also important. We're not talking about running a marathon, but some physical activity will keep your body and mind functioning at optimal levels. Simply walking for a time each day can improve physical health. If you are up to speed and can do more, have at it! Brisk walking is not as risky as jogging and offers many of the same benefits, strengthening the heart and lungs. At East Ocean Podiatry, we are experienced with geriatric foot care. We suggest regular checkups because prevention and maintenance are much easier to navigate as opposed to a crisis situation. Inspect your feet on a daily basis. If you can't do it yourself, ask someone for help. Avoid walking barefoot and keep your feet clean, warm and dry. Trim toenails directly across and not down to the corners. Cutting nails too short can lead to ingrown toenails.
If you are interested in geriatric foot care, contact our office today for an appointment. We can address any current concerns as well as help you prevent problems in the future. Dedicated to customer service and incredible results, East Ocean Podiatry is all about helping seniors feel healthy while they enjoy their Golden Years.