It is normal for people to experience foot problems as they age. However experts say that problems with feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions, partially among older adults.
Heath problems such as diabetes, immunosuppressed, arthritis, nerve damage and circulatory disorders, may first be manifested in the feet. That is why it is important to pay attention to your feet and seek medical attention as soon you notice a problem or change to your feet.
Here are some foot care tips for older adults:
- Exercise good foot care. Check your feet regularly or have a member of your family check them for you.
- Keep blood circulation to your feet as much as possible. Do this by putting your feet up when you are sitting or lying down, stretching if you have had to sit for a long period of time, walking, having a gentle foot massage, or taking a warm foot bath.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit well to prevent pressures that can lead to friction, blisters and infections and keep your foot structure properly aligned.
- Avoid exposing your feet to cold temperatures.
- Don’t sit for long periods of time. (Especially with your legs crossed).
- Don’t smoke because it decreases blood supply and increases the chance of swelling and other circulatory problems