Geriatric Foot Care


 

The foot is a remarkable piece of human engineering. It has the multiple functions of adapting to the various surfaces we walk on, absorbing shock and acting as a lever to allow for normal Gait (Biomechanics of Walking).

Throughout our lives, we walk many thousands of miles and as we age, the capacity of the foot to carry out its function reduces with the inevitable wear and tear within the joints and a variety of systemic diseases that can affect the foot.

As our feet grow older, they naturally develop more problems. But painful and uncomfortable feet are not a natural part of growing old, or something to ‘put up with’. A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and keep you on your feet for life.

The condition of our feet often provides early indications of conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and circulatory disease. For this reason, the human foot is sometimes called the ‘mirror of health’. Look out for signs such as dry skin, brittle nails, burning and tingling sensations, feelings of cold, numbness and discoloration.  Routine foot care may need to be done professionally

Foot health tips

  • Properly fitted shoes are essential. The older you get, the more you need a shoe that holds your foot firmly in place and gives adequate support. Sloppy old favorites should be thrown out: a shoe with a firm sole and soft upper is best for daily activities.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet.
  • Pantyhose or stockings should be of the correct size and preferably free of seams.
  • Except at the beach, avoid going barefoot, even in your own home.
  • Do not wear tight garters as these can affect your circulation.
  • Never cut corns and calluses with a razor, pocket knife, or other such instruments and don’t use over-the-counter corn products unless they have been recommended to you by your podiatrist.
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm (not hot) water, using a mild soap, preferably one containing moisturisers, or use a moisturiser separately.
  • Trim or file your toenails straight across, or have a podiatrist cut them for you.
  • Inspect your feet every day, or have someone do this for you. If you notice any redness, cracks in the skin, or sores, consult your podiatrist.
  • Have your feet examined by a podiatrist at least once a year.
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Precision Footcare
133 East 58th Street, Suite 506
Midtown East

New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-750-8344
Fax: 212-751-1752
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