Jul 18, 2016 by Comfort Keepers
Taking care of one's feet is incredibly important and can make all the difference when it comes to living a comfortable, active and fulfilling life. However, foot care becomes increasingly difficult with age, and seniors suffering from arthritis, a bad back, or any number of other conditions can find it nearly impossible. Thankfully, elderly home care makes foot care easy.
There are a number of reasons that issues with feet are particularly prevalent among the elderly. One of the most obvious is that, as a person gets older, their skin and nails get drier due to their total body water being significantly lower. They also have much less fat directly under their skin.
There are plenty of things an elderly home care professional can do to help your loved one care for their feet. The most crucial is to get them wearing comfortable footwear. This is footwear that will allow their feet to breathe and will provide sufficient support. This will prevent issues such as corns, calluses, and bunions.
Foot care of course does not begin and end with comfortable shoes. Here are a few issues older people face and how they can be properly dealt with in elderly home care.
Dry skin: Caregivers will help your loved one keep their skin properly hydrated and moisturized with appropriate moisturizers.
Athlete's foot: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection and it does not only affect athletes. It thrives in warm, dark and moist areas and common signs in include redness, blisters, peeling, and itching of the toes. Caregivers will help your parent treat athlete's foot by getting them a proper medicated foot spray and helping them apply it. They will also make sure your loved one's feet stay dry.
Ingrown toenails: Proper trimming techniques go a long way with this one and any good elderly care professional knows them.