Peripheral vascular disease and diabetes increase the need for good care of your feet.
Here are our best tips for good foot care for seniors:
- It is important to wash feet daily with soap and lukewarm water, but avoid soaking them because this may dry them out
- Ensure feet are dried properly after washing, especially between the toes
- In order to further reduce moisture, talcum powder can be used, but remove all the powder after dusting to avoid residue between the toes
- Reducing moisture can cause the skin to get dry, a good moisturizer can be applied to feet, but not between the toes
- Keeping the skin between the toes dry helps prevent infection.
- Feet should be inspected daily to check for cuts, sores, bruises, swelling, and any changes to toenails that may lead to infection
- Trimming toenails properly is key, cut them straight across with a nail clipper, avoid cutting into corners, which will help prevent the nails from growing into the skin
- Properly fitting footwear is important to avoid hurting the feet, measure properly for each new pair of shoes because foot size and shape can change over time
- Comfortable new shoes should ideally fit both the length and width of the foot, with plenty of room for the toes
- To reduce the chance of accidental damage to feet, going barefoot should be avoided, even in the home.
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