Healthy Feet - Healthy People!

As seen in the Consultant Connection June - July 2014 Issue
Erin McClure, BSN, RN, WCC, Nurse Consultant, ICP, Inc. - emcclure@icppharm.com

 
Healthy feet are essential for healthy aging, yet three out of four people develop foot problems as they age
So, why are healthy feet so important?
  • Healthy feet allow activity which, as we know, has numerous benefits such as weight loss; maintaining and improving muscle and bone strength; and improving emotional health.  
  • Healthy feet allow proper foot and body mechanics which help prevent falls in seniors.  Falls are a major cause of disability in seniors.
  • Proper foot care can alert people to early signs of other more serious health issues such as diabetes or poor circulation, or cancer (irregular moles/growths on bottom of foot). 
 
Many people can manage their own foot care as they age.  If physically able to do so, here are some tips to keep your feet healthy:
  • Observe feet daily for any open areas, blisters or swelling. Use a mirror to observe if you have difficulty seeing them. 
  • Wash and dry feet everyday with warm water, especially between the toes.
  • Apply moisturizer to the feet each day, but avoid placing in between the toes. 
  • Wear clean socks, avoiding  ridges or elastics at the top which can restrict proper circulation
  • Wear comfortable, supportive, properly fitting footwear. If diabetic, check shoes for foreign objects and ensure they fit properly.

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