Good foot health is essential to our well being, comfort, mobility and balance. This infographic shows seniors how best to look after their feet.
For many seniors, maintaining good foot health can be a struggle. As the Podiatrist, Dr. Michael A. Sherwin, succinctly put it, feet are like cars: “The more miles you have on them, the more things can go wrong or wear out.” In fact, the average person will have walked the equivalent of four times around the globe (that’s 99,604 miles) by the age of 70.
Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that one quarter of those aged 65+ suffer from foot pain. There are approximately 300 foot ailments, of which there are a few which are particularly prevalent among seniors such as joint pain, fallen arches and bunions. If you are aged 65+ and would like to know more about foot care, take a look at the handy infographic guide included below from Gabor Shoes Ireland which demonstrates some tried and tested ways to keep your feet healthy and happy.
So, what are the best ways to look after your feet? Hygiene is one of the biggest factors in good foot health. If you can, aim to wash your feet frequently with warm water and mild soap. Avoid soaking for in excess of ten minutes as this can result in dryness. Once done, be careful to dry thoroughly (especially between the toes) and to moisturize. Continue this by wearing clean and dry socks and avoid walking barefoot.
It’s also very important for those aged over 65 to examine the feet once a week for any changes or irregularities. Arrange to see a doctor or foot expert, if you notice anything out of the ordinary in particular color changes, reduced sensitivity to pain or temperature, unusual coldness, cramps, numbness, tingling or discomfort.
Take a look at the infographic guide below to find out more about foot health and care for senior citizens!