Foot care as you age

Older people need to take care of their Feet too

You are most to prone to foot problems like corns, blisters, foot infections, and heel pain in later life as your skin becomes thinner and less elastic.  Painful or sore feet are not suppose to be a natural part of aging, and can be treated.

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Foot problems in older people

  • bunions
  • corns and calluses
  • heel pain or arch pain
  • cracked skin
  • ingrown toenails
  • fungal infections (athlete’s foot)

If you’re having trouble looking after your feet, you’re not alone. Age UK reports that nearly one in three older people can’t cut their own toenails.

Foot care problems tend to happen if you’re less mobile than you used to be, particularly if you have difficulty bending down. Poor eyesight, can also make it harder for you to look after your feet.

How to look after your feet

Your feet will remain in better condition, if you have a regular foot routine. This includes:

  • cutting and filing toenails and keeping them at a comfortable length
  • smoothing and moisturizing dry and rough skin
  • checking for cracks and breaks in the skin and inflammation such as blisters
  • looking for signs of infection like nail fungus or other obvious early problems, and seeking professional advice
  • choosing suitable socks and footwear
  • keeping your feet clean, dry, mobile, comfortable and warm. Bedsocks are a good idea

If it’s difficult for you to follow this routine yourself, see a professional podiatrist for help.

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