Problems with foot care in older people
Legs and feet are one of the most important parts of the body. They serve us throughout our lives at work, when we play sports or even while standing in line at the store. Seniors' feet they are tired after a lifetime of hard work (often standing), and therefore you should take special care of them .
Problems with foot care in older people are very common. Unfortunately, due to age and illnesses, not all of them people of senior age are able to take care of themselves sufficiently, a independent foot care is beyond their reach .
Seniors' feet - diseases
Nail diseases of the elderly
Elder people they often have difficulty caring for their feet due to poor blood circulation, poorer mobility of joints and muscles, heart disease and lack of coordination of movements, which increases the risk of falling .
When you are caring for a senior who is no longer able to take care of their health on their own, pay special attention to: your patient's feet , especially the condition of the nails.
Due to diabetes or circulatory problems, nails of the elderly they change their color, become distorted, and grow crookedly. This can be very painful for seniors and discourage them from physical activity.
Shoes, foot condition and calluses
Shoes without the problem of corns and blisters
Older people are also a problem prints , abrasions and calluses . Seniors' feet need comfortable shoes, often with orthopedic inserts. For this purpose it is worth a visit an orthopedist who will help you choose the right product. In well-fitting shoes, abrasions will not occur, toes will not suffer, and seniors will be more willing to go for a walk.
Especially should be avoided high-heeled footwear , a shoes made of artificial material , in which the skin of the feet sweats - are definitely out of the question.
It appears as a result of foot deformation that progresses with age hallux valgus , or so-called hallux and at the same time, the quality of life decreases, and people suffering from this disease must devote more attention to foot care.
Visit to a specialist
To avoid worsening the situation, if you notice disturbing symptoms on an elderly person's feet (such as painful cracks), seniors should be referred to a podiatrist without delay.
Podiatry is a field dealing with diseases of the feet and nails. A visit to a podiatrist is not painful, unfortunately it is not reimbursed by the National Health Fund .
The scope of duties of a podiatrist is wide. It includes: nails, ingrown toenail, skin damage, cracks on the heel, the presence of calluses, abrasions and damage to the skin of the feet.
It may not sound encouraging, but a visit to the doctor is often necessary to enjoy foot health.
How to care for the feet of older people?
How to care for the feet of seniors?
Foot care is important for the health and well-being of people of all ages. Older people often have more health problems that can make it more difficult to care for their feet, so it is especially important to take care of them properly. Here are some tips:
- Wash your feet every day, but avoid water that is too hot as it may dry out the skin. Daily washing will keep your feet hygienic.
- Try to keep the skin around the nail plate well-groomed, but avoid cutting the cuticles too short, as this may lead to infection.
- Use an appropriate moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out.
- Wearing appropriate, comfortable shoes is very important for foot health. Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes as they can cause pain and discomfort.
- Regularly check the condition of your skin and nail plates, and if you notice any disturbing changes, consult a podiatrist.
- If you have difficulty caring for your feet, you can ask a loved one for help or use the services of a professional pedicure.
Feet – independent care of senior feet
Clevebe in foot care
Between visits to the podiatrist, you should take care of the condition of your feet and nails yourself. In your daily care, apart from wearing well-fitting shoes, it is worth getting rid of calloused epidermis often causing pain. Thanks to an innovative device Clevebe , peeling is performed sitting or standing. Seniors do not have to bend down and thus strain their spine.
Additionally, the feet are massaged thanks to the contoured shape of the device.
Clevebe has it 2 different gradations - 100 and 150 to choose from depending on the scale of the problem. Gradation 100 is stronger and has corundum that is coarsely ground. Gradation 150 is more delicate, but equally effective. The hygiene of the product is guaranteed by the certificate National Institute of Public Health .