At PeachTree Place Assisted Living, serving you in the Salt Lake City and Ogden areas, we value the whole body health and happiness of our residents. Senior foot care is easy to neglect but vitally important to overall health and wellbeing. We want you to know what foot problems to look out for and how we can help.
Common Elderly Foot Care Issues
Think about all the steps you’ve taken in your lifetime. Our feet go through a lot, but as we become less mobile and flexible, elderly foot care can be easier and easier to overlook. Unfortunately, this is the time of life where the health of our feet is just as important as ever, and problems may be the sign of something bigger going awry.
As senior citizens or caregivers, we need to be aware and keep up with proper foot care for seniors to avoid these issues.
- Cramping, Numbness & Tingling
- Dry, Brittle Toenails
- Bunions, Calluses & Corns
- Foot Odor
- Athletes Foot
- Ingrown Toenails
- Heel Spurs
Are Your Feet Telling You Something Is Wrong?
Aside from causing discomfort, your feet can be signaling a deeper health issue. Circulatory problems, arthritis, and diabetes can all alert you to their presence in the problems you are having with your feet. It’s important to have them checked often and to keep your doctor informed of anything new, troublesome, or not healing as it should.
What’s Causing The Problem?
Aging can cause our feet to widen and decrease the blood flow to our bodies overall. Gaining weight increases the wear and tear we put on our feet. Diabetes can also keep foot sores and other wounds from healing properly. This encourages dangerous and even life-threatening infections.
Better Foot Care For Senior Citizens
The good news is that there are things you can do to protect your feet and the connections they have to the rest of your health. The caring nursing staff at PeachTree Place Assisted Living can help your feet get the attention they need.
- Avoid walking around barefoot.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit you properly.
- Make sure your socks are seamless and preferably an acrylic blend.
- Have someone examine your feet each day.
- Keep them clean and dry.
- Move around and get that blood flowing.
- Keep your doctor in the loop.
Wearing moisture-wicking socks, drying between your toes, and switching up the shoes you wear to discourage odor are all little things you can do to keep foot problems from causing you bigger trouble.
We understand that these seemingly simple tips and tricks can feel like anything but easy when you can’t even touch your toes anymore. We’re here to help you with the little things like bathing and making sure you get the medical care you need when you need it.
Your Helping Hands In West Haven
When you need a little help, why not trust a community that cares? If you are or care for a senior citizen in the Ogden or Salt Lake City areas of Utah, we invite you to stop by for a tour at PeachTree Place Assisted Living. We can help you keep an eye on things like foot health while providing the privacy of your own apartment and plenty of activities to encourage good circulation. Call to schedule your tour today.