Falls are a major issue for older people and could lead to hospitalisation, potentially meaning you are no longer able to live in your own home independently.
One reason falls may occur could be due to poor foot health which you become more susceptible to as skin becomes thinner and less elastic.
Common problems include:
- Heel or arch pain
- Cracked skin
Problems tend to occur more as you become less mobile, especially when it’s difficult to bend down and eyesight is poor.
This said, foot pain and discomfort isn’t a natural part of ageing and can be improved by looking after your feet and having a regular routine.
Home Instead have put together some top tips for keeping heathy feet:
- Cut and file toenails. It is important to keep them at a comfortable length.
- Moisturise dry or rough skin to prevent cracks or breaks.
- Keep an eye out for signs of an infection like nail fungus. If found, seek professional advice.
- Wear suitable socks and footwear. Shoes should fit well, not squeezing or rubbing, to avoid blisters.
- Shop for new shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their biggest.
- Never walk barefoot, especially in the garden or on the beach on holidays to avoid cuts.
- Don’t sit with your legs crossed as this can constrict your blood circulation and cause numbness.
- Examine inside shoes for sharp objects or stones before putting them on.
- Replace ruffled innersole linings.
- Wash often and dry your feet well.
Diabetes can also affect your feet, as your blood supply can be cut off lost and cause a loss of feeling. This can lead to foot injuries not healing well or you may not notice your foot is sore or injured.
With a long-term illness, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, foot health care may be available on the NHS. If you don’t have a long-term condition but have a problem hindering your mobility, such as a bunion, a private foot health practitioner can see to this.
It is important to ensure the safety of older people, which is why Home Instead deliver the service from the comfort of the client’s own home.
For more information on support services to remain living independently in the comfort of your own home, please contact Home Instead Conwy and Denbighshire on 01745 772150.