While there are limitless factors that play into seniors staying
healthy and active, in many ways, mobility starts from the ground up.
After all, if your feet don’t feel good, isn’t it tempting to stay off
At Home Instead Senior Care serving Central Oregon we are firm believers in keeping every part of the body in tip top shape, which is why we were happy to learn from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) that, with proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.
is great news and it’s also a very good reason to be sure to see your
doctor as soon as any foot problems arise. In the meantime, here are
some of our best preventative pointers from APMA for keeping senior feet
good to go.
Take Care of Overall Health:
like diabetes and arthritis can have a major impact on foot health. Be
sure to stay current with your medication and keep up with the treatment
regimen your doctor has prescribed. Maintaining a healthy diet and
regular exercise is, of course, always key to general wellness.
feet clean is not just a matter of aesthetics, it is also important to
overall foot health. Be sure to wash feet daily, including between the
toes, with soap and water, and dry completely before putting on shoes
and socks. Also, inspect feet regularly and treat callouses and blisters
as they occur. If you have an ingrown toenail or infection, talk to
your doctor about it right away, before it has the chance to become a
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries
among seniors, which means that choosing shoes that aid senior stability
can go a long way toward keeping them out of the hospital.
APMA suggests the following guidelines for selecting footwear for better balance:
o Step 1: Press on both sides of the heel area to ensure the heel is stiff and won't collapse.
Step 2: Bend the shoe to check for toe flexibility. The shoe shouldn't
bend too much in the toe box area, but it shouldn't be too stiff and
o Step 3: Try twisting the shoe; it shouldn't twist in the middle.
For more information about helping seniors maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, please contact our office at 541-330-6400.
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