As humans, we spend an incredible amount of time on our feet without even realizing it. The average person takes roughly 10,000 steps every day. Multiply that by 60 or 70 years and that is an unbelievable amount of stress and strain placed on our feet.
Usually, when people think of leading a healthy lifestyle, they consider things like diet, nutrition, regular exercise, mental stimulation, and social interaction. But, rarely do people consciously acknowledge the need to provide good care for their feet.
It is quite surprising actually, considering our feet are our physical foundation. Physical fitness begins and ends with our feet.
Symptoms of Foot Problems
There are a variety of warning signs that indicate an examination is needed to address foot complications. Most of these symptoms arrive in the form of some degree of foot pain. This pain may originate from:
- Heel spurs
- Hammer toes
- Plantar fasciitis
- Excess of dead skin
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of foot pain, you should set up an appointment with a health care professional as soon as possible.
If left unchecked, foot issues can lead to a host of other complications. They may also be indicative of other health issues like poor circulation, arthritis, diabetes, or nerve damage.
Foot Care Treatment
Affinity Health is a professional home care service, that offers customized foot care treatment by an experienced Foot Care Nurse. All Affinity Health Foot Care Nurses have received highly specialized training and have completed an advanced foot care course.
Some of the services offered include:
- Assessments to determine specific foot problems
- Increased circulation through foot massages
- Corn and callus care
- Ingrown toenail care
- Education on personal foot care and avoiding risk factors
- Referral to external resources if more specialized care is required
A nurse will meet with you for an initial consultation at a location and time that is convenient for you. This introductory assessment will identify precise problems with your feet so a treatment plan can be constructed.
Benefits of Foot Care
There are several benefits of foot care that seniors can enjoy. One of the major benefits is the prevention of further injury or disease. Regular foot care contributes to overall health, and can also:
- Increase circulation
- Increase mobility
- Increase awareness
Foot care treatments serve to get the blood flowing in the feet, helping to increase circulation throughout the body. Treatments also reduce foot pain, allowing for elevated mobility and a more active lifestyle. Furthermore, you will become more knowledgeable about foot care and foot ailments to help prevent problems before they start.
Preventative Foot Care
Most people only consider foot care when something goes wrong. A foot injury, a blister, or a corn can send people looking for treatment.
However, it is important to establish a daily routine that involves good foot care. Here are some daily practices you can get into:
- Inspect feet daily for blisters, calluses, corns and ailments
- Keep a close eye on any foot issues to prevent infection
- Trim toenails regularly
- Wash feet well with soap and water
- Moisturize after washing
- Procure comfortable, cushioned shoes that fit well
Good footwear is one on the most important aspects of effective foot care. Always make sure you are walking in appropriate, snug-fitting shoes.