It’s inevitable that our feet will age as we get older just like the rest of our bodies. Unfortunately, age comes with an increased risk of injury and infection. If you are in your senior years or have an elderly family member who is experiencing foot discomfort, it would be wise to have a full examination from Gentle Professional Foot Care. Charles A. Suleskey, DPM will likely recommend that you come in for a complete diabetic foot evaluation to make sure your feet are safe for walking.
Basic tips for our senior patients:
Give yourself a quick foot inspection a couple of times a week. Look for any changes in color, cuts, bumps or bruises.
Keep your feet clean every day by washing them with a warm soapy cloth and patting them dry carefully with a soft towel.
Nails should be clipped straight across the top and shouldn’t be longer than the end of your toe.
Moisturize your feet, but make sure the lotion does not accumulate between your toes.
Wear clean and dry socks and shoes that fit comfortably with a wide toe box.
Use socks that have a flexible band and soft fabric to avoid abrasive rubbing and tight-fitting elastic.
Assemble a complete foot care kit to have handy if or when you need it.
Changes that matter:
Foot injuries that don’t heal. Injury does take longer to heal as we age, but more than a day for a senior patient is too long.
Loss of sensation to pain or hot and cold temperatures.
Pain in the feet when walking, but relief when resting.
Increased numbness and cramping in the feet.
Seventy-five percent of seniors develop foot problems in their later years that can affect their independence, leaving them less likely to accept the changes that their body experiences. If you would like to talk to Charles A. Suleskey, DPM at Gentle Professional Foot Care about preventative care or a current injury, he will guide you through the process of getting back on your feet.
If a wound exists among these problems, then the need to make an appointment is crucial since diabetic wounds can lead to loss of limbs and, in severe cases, loss of life. If you have any concerns about your own health as a senior or are caring for a family member who needs an advocate, call our office at 941-493-7999 and make an appointment. Our Venice Florida location is conveniently located on Tamiami Trail South and is open all week from 8:30 – 5:00 pm.
Keep your golden years bright by treating your feet right!