How can I take care of elderly feet?

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:senior foot care

  • 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.
For additional information about caring for your feet as you age, contact the doctors of Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). You can also request an appointment with any of our five Florida offices online.