Foot disorders are common among many elderly people. After years of standing, running, and cramming your feet into tight-fitting shoes it’s not surprising that your feet have taken the beating. Are you senior suffering from pain that hampers your walking?
Worry no more, Fedelta Home Care provides a wide array of geriatric foot care services that can help ease your pain and suffering. This article highlights the various ways in which geriatric care providers can help patients to get their regular foot care needs.
As a senior, you may be unable to reach your toes to give them a good filing or trim. Home health care providers assist patients in trimming, shaping, and filing their toenails to avoid ingrown or overgrown toes. Ingrown toenails can lead to amputations for people with blood circulation problems. Overgrown toenails can harbor dirt and become a breeding ground for microbes.
Examination of the Soles of Your Feet
An estimated 25% of the patients who have had a history of diabetes often end up developing foot problems. As such, home health caregivers always keep a close eye on seniors who have had a history of diabetes. Examining the soles of your feet can reveal early signs of trouble, which may include blisters, calluses, cracks, splinters, pressure sores, and cuts. If any of these get detected the home expert caregivers provide a quick start of treatment.
Examination of Your Shoes
Shoes are an important consideration for diabetics, and the use of shoes that don’t fit can lead to sores that could even lead to amputations in the long run. The ‘Health in Aging’ organization also notes that 3 out of 4 elderly people wear shoes, which are too small. Ill-fitting shoes are a major cause of foot problems and geriatric caregivers need to examine your shoes and recommend the ideal kind of shoes that you should wear.
Checking Your Socks
Ideal pairs of socks should not be tight and they should be seamless. The binding top should also not be too tight because it can hamper blood flow. The health caregiver will examine your socks and provide some advice on the kind of socks to wear.
Senior Pedicure Service and Medical Pedicures
It’s easy for a health care aide to provide a standard pedicure to an elderly patient. But if you have problems such as numbness, poor blood circulation, and diabetes, then you’ll need the services of a podiatrist who will give you a standard medical pedicure.
Home caregivers can also moisturize your feet to prevent your skin from cracking. They can moisturize the soles of your feet and the entire leg while also massaging your muscles. The process helps in improving blood flow while also softening your outer skin.
Baths and Foot Spas
Baths in foot spas clean your feet while also helping your tense muscles to relax. The baths also soothe painful bunions and dry skin. If you get regular foot baths, there is a high likelihood that you’ll not get some problems, which occur due to tense muscles.
Provision of Teaching on How To Stretch, Exercise, and Care For Your Feet
The caregivers will advise you on how to stretch your feet daily. They will also advise you on how to exercise your feet. Most of these teachings and sessions often go with the foot bath and spa toenail care. You may also get geriatric foot care advice on how to prevent foot odor problems.
Geriatric foot care is necessary for all elderly patients with foot problems as well as other problems such as diabetes, which can aggravate foot problems. An estimated 70% of U.S senior citizens that have turned 65 will at some point need long-term care and some of that required care in geriatric foot care. If you’re a senior with diabetes or any other problem, it’s time to visit the Fedelta home care agency for high-quality geriatric foot care.