We have all been there, neglected a niggle in our foot and told ourselves that it would probably go away. Weeks have passed, even months, and it’s only getting worse. Then finally, when we are hobbling around barely able to walk, we decide to seek help…

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Ageing Gracefully: Foot Care Tips for Seniors

April 22, 20242 min read

Ageing Gracefully: Foot Care Tips for Seniors

Our feet are the foundation that carries us throughout life's journey. As we age, taking care of these loyal companions becomes even more important. Here at Achilles Foot Clinic, we want to empower seniors to embrace "graceful ageing" with these essential foot care tips:

Daily TLC

  • Inspect Your Feet: Make it a daily habit to check your feet for cuts, blisters, swelling, discoloration, or changes in nail health. Early detection is key to preventing complications.

  • Cleanse and Pamper: Wash your feet daily with warm, soapy water, paying special attention to the spaces between your toes. Pat them dry thoroughly, and apply a good quality foot moisturiser, especially to prevent dryness and cracking on the heels.

Shoe Smarts

  • Fit is Everything: Ill-fitting shoes can cause a multitude of problems. Select shoes with a wide toe box that allows your toes to wiggle freely. Get your feet measured regularly, as foot size can change with age.

  • Supportive Soles: Choose shoes with good arch support and adequate cushioning to absorb shock and distribute pressure evenly. Select non-slip soles to prevent falls.

Comfort Counts

  • Sock Science: Wear comfortable, absorbent socks made from natural fibres like cotton or wool. Avoid tight-fitting socks that can restrict circulation.

  • Trim Time: Regularly trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails. If you have vision or mobility limitations, seek assistance from a podiatrist or family member.

Healthy Habits

  • Move It or Lose It: Regular exercise promotes circulation and strengthens the muscles in your feet and legs. Low-impact activities like walking, swimming, or gentle yoga are excellent choices.

  • Manage Weight: Maintaining a healthy weight reduces stress on your feet and ankles, lessening the risk of pain and discomfort.

  • Diabetic Care: If you have diabetes, pay extra attention to your feet. Regularly monitor for any changes and see your doctor for routine checkups.

Listen to Your Feet

Don't ignore any pain, discomfort, or changes in your feet. These can be early signs of underlying conditions. Schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist for comprehensive foot care and expert advice.

Taking care of your feet is an investment in your overall health and well-being. By following these simple tips, you can keep your feet healthy, strong, and comfortable for years to come. At Achilles Foot Clinic, we're dedicated to helping you age gracefully, one step at a time!

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