September is Healthy Aging Month, encouraging you to think about your own health care and habits, as well as those of your loved ones. It’s pretty obvious that your health changes as you get older. Years of wear and tear take their toll, and your body many not work quite as well as it used to. Your feet take a pounding your whole life, so they are particularly susceptible to aches and pains as you get older. Senior foot care helps you fight these problems and age well.
If you’re in your own “golden years,” you don’t want to spend them confined to a chair because your lower limbs ache—and by extension, your knees, hips, and back. Some simple foot care habits can go a long way in relieving pain and preventing issues in aging feet.
Wash your feet daily. Your feet collect sweat and grime in your shoes and socks. Wash your limbs and pat them completely dry every day to help avoid infections.
Inspect for injuries. This is particularly important if you have diabetes or poor circulation, since you’re more prone to little injuries. Check your feet, including your soles, for cuts, bruises, bumps, and blisters.
Care for your skin and nails. Gently scrub corns and calluses with a pumice stone and use moisturizer to keep your skin from drying out. Clip your nails carefully every couple of weeks so they don’t get too long.
Wear the right shoes. The right shoes support your foot structure and help prevent wear and tear problems. Choose footwear that has a low heel, padded sole, and the arch support you need.
Stay active. Exercising carefully helps improve your circulation and keeps your feet strong. This in turn helps you avoid injuries and stay mobile as you get older.
In the end, how you invest in your senior foot care can help determine how comfortably your feet age. This is still important for those who can’t care for their own lower limbs. If you’re responsible for the aging feet of someone you love, you may need to help him or her with regular foot care. If you notice unusual changes in the lower limbs, or find they need corns, calluses, or ingrown nails taken care of, just let us know at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas. Well make sure everyone’s aging feet stay healthy. Call (702) 839-2010 to make an appointment.
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