It’s common to experience some foot problems as you age, but experts say that problems with feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions, particularly among older adults. Health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, and circulatory disorders, may materialize in the feet. That is why it is so important to pay attention to your feet and seek medical attention as soon as you notice a problem.
Here are some foot care tips for older adults:
- Check your feet regularly or have a member of your family check them for you. Practice good foot care!
- Keep blood circulating to your feet as much as possible. This is done by putting your feet up when you are sitting or lying down, stretching if you’ve been sitting a long while, staying active by walking, having a gentle foot massage, or taking a warm foot bath.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit well to prevent pressures that can lead to friction and infection and keep your foot structure properly aligned.
- Avoid exposing your feet to cold temperatures.
- Don’t sit for an extended period of time, especially with your legs crossed.
- Smoking decreases blood supply and increases the chance of swelling and other circulatory problems, so refrain.