Many elderly people will think about their kidney, lung, and heart health. However, not many people take the time to think about their foot health. The truth is that feet health is quite important. If your elderly loved one isn’t currently taking good care of their feet, you and elderly care providers should help them to do so. There are many ways that this can be done.
Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Does your elderly loved one have diabetes or pre-diabetes? If so, one of the ways that your elderly loved one can take better care of their feet health is by maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Research shows that people who have diabetes may eventually develop nephropathy. This can cause burning, tingling, and numbness in the feet. In addition, people who have diabetes are more likely to have feet infections. Sometimes, the person with a foot infection may have to get an amputation. If your elderly loved one currently has issues maintaining their blood sugar, you or an elderly care provider can help.
Checking for Feet Issues
If your elderly loved one can’t do so on their own, you or an elderly care provider can check their feet for problems. Some of the things you should be looking for include:
If you or an elderly care provider notice these issues or anything else suspicious, please have your elderly loved one see their doctor. If there is a problem that can be treated, the doctor can help with that.
Wearing Proper Socks and Shoes
Your elderly loved one needs to have proper socks and shoes to wear, as well. For example, if the socks or shoes they are wearing are tight, this can cause circulation issues in their feet. Improper circulation can lead to blisters and bloodflow issues. If your elderly loved one needs new socks and/or shoes, you or an elderly care provider should get them new ones as soon as you can.
These are some of the many ways that you and elderly care providers can help your elderly loved one can take better care of their feet. The sooner these tips are implemented, the better your elderly loved one’s feet health will be. Don’t forget - if at any time - you or an elderly care provider have concerns about your loved one’s feet health, have them see their doctor.
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