What Risks Do Aging Feet Have?
As we grow older, various factors can affect the ongoing health of our feet. Some examples include:
- Poor circulation.
- Increased dryness of skin.
- Thickening of toenails.
- Loss of fatty padding that protects areas of the feet.
- Increased risk of diabetes and other diseases that can contribute to foot problems.
- Years of “wear and tear” from walking, working, and old injuries.
As our feet grow more vulnerable to aches, pains, and other problems, it will always be best to approach these issues before they have a chance to become even more problematic. Of course, if they already are problematic, they should receive attention as soon as possible!
Senior Foot Care at Home
Ideally, the health of aging feet should be a consideration every day. This does not mean the task has to be all-consuming or difficult, though.
Regular at-home foot care consists of the following general principles:
Inspecting Feet for Signs of Trouble
Due to poor circulation and other factors, injuries and other foot problems may go unnoticed or fail to heal properly. That makes discovering them in a timely manner important, especially if diabetes is part of the equation.
Challenges in mobility or vision may impair one’s ability to check their feet properly. There are tools and methods that can make the task easier, but the help of a loved one is also always welcome.
Keeping Feet Dry and Clean
Neglecting hygiene and frequent exposure to damp conditions will often lead to fungal infections including athlete’s foot and yellowed, discolored fungal toenails.
Feet should be washed daily in warm water with mild soap, and then dried thoroughly (including between the toes). After feet are dry, it is wise to apply some moisturizer and socks that are fresh, breathable, and comfortable.