While waiting for the elevator at my mom’s retirement building, I overheard two residents discussing the need for a podiatrist to come to the building. This made me think about the importance of foot care in the elderly. For me, when my feet hurt my whole body suffers. 

As we age, problems with our feet become more prevalent due to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and changes in our skin and nail texture. I noticed with both my parents their toenails became thicker. 

Some basic ways to care for our feet are keeping them clean and dry, especially between the toes. Check your feet for cuts or injuries. Keep your toenails clipped to avoid ingrown nails (they really hurt!). Also, wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes. Staying active increases your circulation, which is good for foot health. 

Podiatrists or doctors can assist you with any foot problems you may have. It is especially important to stay on top of your foot health. If you just need your toenails clipped and cared for, a nice pedicure is an option!

If your loved one is homebound and it is too difficult to get them out to see a doctor, Family Private Care knows of several physicians who will come to your home and do a wellness or specialty visit in the comfort of your own home. Some doctors will even bill Medicare, so you won’t owe them anything for the in-home visit! If you would benefit from this service, please contact our office and we’ll get you connected.

In the meantime, keep taking good care of those feet and staying as active as possible.