Understanding how to take care of your feet as you age is an important consideration because of the physical changes your body goes through. Skin loses elasticity, the immune system becomes less effective, and there is less padding on the bottom of the foot. Thus, good senior foot care practices include:
- Keeping feet dry. Bacteria thrives in damp, warm environments. If you do not keep your feet dry, it could lead to potential infection.
- Moisturizing. Keeping feet dry is important, but “too dry” creates its own issue, particularly cracked, fissured heels. Daily moisturizing can prevent this from happening.
- Keeping toenails trimmed. In addition to pain and discomfort, ingrown toenails also increase infection risk. Proper trimming of toenails is important.
- Choosing comfortable shoes. Since you lose natural padding on your feet as you age, make sure to choose comfortable, supportive footwear for optimal comfort and safety.
- Exercising regularly. Even moderate activity levels can help with arthritis, improve circulation, and reduce your risk for medical issues.