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By Clark Podiatry Center
December 05, 2018
Tags: diabetes   arthritis   gout   ulcer   supportive shoes  

If you have recently begun to live with older loved ones or if they plan to move in with you soon, there are a few things to consider for their foot care. Seniors need a little bit more care because of the many problems they can experience in their feet. From arthritis and gout to osteoporosis and hip problems, the risk of injury or pain is higher.

Here are some ways you can make their feet (and their overall person) more comfortable as they live with you:

Around the Home

  • Mats: Anywhere your older loved one might spend time standing for a while, you should install some standing mats. It will reduce the impact on their feet and bones as they walk and stand. Think about locations such as in front of sinks!
  • Rugs/Carpeting: If your older loved one needs cushioning due to bone or joint issues, consider installing carpet in areas they will spend time (i.e., their bedroom). You may want some plush carpeting for the living room if they spend time with you there.
  • Safety bars: If they need some help using the bathroom, you may want to install safety bars along the wall near the toilet, as well as for getting in and out of the shower. They will help reduce the risk of falls that could be potentially life-threatening!
  • Grippy material on stairs: Do your older loved ones have to use the stairs? Reduce the risk of slipping and falling on hardwood stairs by adding grip tape to each step.
  • Trip hazards: Always keep trip hazards out of the way. Seniors using walkers or canes will need a clear path to the rooms they walk in and out of the most.

On their feet

  • Supportive shoes – Make sure when they are wearing shoes, the feet are well supported.  Cushioning, arch support, and heel cups will help them keep their feet stable and healthy.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Shoes/Slippers – Depending on the floors you have in the house, you might want to alter their footwear indoors. If you have hardwood floors, and your loved one is diabetic, you may want to make sure that they wear protective shoes with grippy rubber soles while indoors. However, if you have carpet, the grippy shoes would not work because they can trip on the piles. The same goes for the types of soles on any slippers they might wear indoors.

Daily foot care

  • Wash and inspect the feet every day. It is especially crucial for those who have neuropathy, such as diabetes. Because wounds can go unnoticed when they have loss of sensation, there is a chance that it can become an ulcer.

These tips can help your older loved one be more comfortable as they stay with you. If you have a concern about their foot health, come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your feet, and find a solution to treat your pain. Come to see him at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep you and your family walking

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: pedicure   pamper   supportive shoes  

It seems like only yesterday that it was Halloween. Now, all of a sudden, it’s Thanksgiving. Soon, it will be Hanukah, Christmas, and then the New Year! It goes by quickly, doesn’t it?

And in the madness of the time passing so quickly, you may forget to take care of yourself as you prepare your travel plans, pack your bags, and make it to the holiday gatherings with loved ones. But maybe you should stop right there and take a moment to remember to take care of your body – especially your feet and ankles.

In this season of giving thanks and giving gifts, why not give thanks and gifts to your feet? While you travel, consider including some (or all) of these tips to pamper your (very) deserving feet:

  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes during your long plane, train, or car ride. Too often, we think more about how our outfits will be completed by our footwear selection, and not enough time is spent on thinking about how our feet will feel. Turn it around this time. Wear and pack only comfortable shoes so that you can properly thank your feet (and they’ll thank you too!).
  • Schedule a pedicure. Whether it’s by making time to do your own at home (with sanitized tools) or by calling your favorite pedicurist (who should also use sanitized tools), give your feet a proper foot soak, toenail trim, and massage. This could be a perk you enjoy with family and friends as you celebrate the holidays!
  • Get a foot massage. Before or after (or both) your travels, ask a partner, friend, do it yourself with a golf ball. Give some relief to those hard-working muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet. You can also buy your feet a nice gift by going for a foot massage or buying a foot massager (yay for holiday sales!).

The best treat you can give your feet is a checkup with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He can assess your feet, making sure they are healthy. Come to see him at Clark Podiatry Center. You can call 732-382-3470 or make an appointment online at our Clark, NJ office so that you can treat your feet and we can keep you walking



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