Proper Geriatric Foot Care Never Gets Old
Foot care is of the utmost importance for the elderly since they can be susceptible to many foot complications. It’s generally difficult for seniors to take care of their feet in the recommended manner since they develop mobility issues that prevent them from properly inspecting their feet. This is why it is very significant that they regularly seek medical attention from podiatrists such as Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry. Call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location today to learn more.
Geriatric Foot Care must be done with care as the tiniest of mistakes can cause big complications, such as the high propensity to develop infections. Seniors are also at risk for disorders such as diabetic ulcers, ingrown toenails, fungal infections and other foot and ankle complications. Generally, caregivers are given the important task of caring for the feet of seniors. Yet, it is still important for older individuals to maintain proper habits to keep a quality lifestyle. These habits include daily washing of feet, keeping them clean and dry by wearing different shoes or changing socks in the same day, inspecting feet on a regular basis, trimming nails in a straight direction and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails or other fungal infections and wearing proper shoes. Proper shoes are a very highly recommended form of daily care because they provide support which helps to avoid causing other complications in the foot. Foot moisturizers are however not as helpful as people think because water based versions do not benefit seniors as much as they do for younger individuals. Emollients are more helpful and prevent the onset of dry skin better in the elderly population.
It’s apparent that proper geriatric foot care is something that’s required on a daily basis. Keeping the skin on feet in great condition is especially helpful once someone has aged. Please contact our office for an appointment for yourself or a loved one to maintain or treat your feet because it’s never too late to take care of them!