Wednesday May 13, 2015
In this edition of Wellness Wednesday’s, we look at common foot problems among seniors and tips for healthy foot care!
Common Foot Problems in Seniors
According to the Canadian Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre, seniors often suffer from the following foot problems:
How can seniors take better care of their feet?
Foot problems are especially common in the elderly, for a variety of reasons. Feet lose cushioning as they age, and the skin and nails grow dry and brittle. Many seniors have poor circulation, and this can slow the healing of foot sores as well.
Here are some suggestions to help you or your loved one practice healthy footcare:
How should seniors with diabetes care for their feet?
For individuals with diabetes, foot problems can pose serious health threats. This is because diabetes often damages the blood vessels that direct blood to the feet, and in many cases, minor foot injuries can become life-threatening.
If you or your loved one has diabetes, you will need to be extra vigilant about foot care. Here are some tips from the Canadian Diabetes Association for maintaining healthy feet:
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Don’t miss next week’s edition of Wellness Wednesday’s where we look at tips for staying physically active as you or your loved one ages!
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