Healthy feet usually mean that your senior is able to stay as mobile as the rest of her allows her to be. Here are some things to be on the lookout for when it comes to foot health.
Fungal or Bacterial Issues
If your aging family member isn’t getting her feet and toes as dry as she could, she might be facing problems from fungal or bacterial attacks on her feet. One easy way to avoid this is to make sure that she doesn’t wear the same shoes every single day. Let the shoes air out in between wearings. Also, clean, fresh socks every day is vital. After bath time, get feet as dry as you can.
Toenails don’t always grow how you expect them to grow. Sometimes they might spread over into the sides of the toe bed, which causes the nail to push into the skin. Left unchecked, the nails keep growing and can cause wounds from cutting into the skin. Cutting toenails properly and watching for any signs that they’re becoming ingrown is the key to preventing this painful problem.
Corns or Bunions
Bunions and corns are specific types of foot problems that develop due to friction and pressure on your senior’s feet. There are over-the-counter treatment methods for these painful issues, but it’s always a good idea to have your elderly family member’s doctor take a look at what’s going on. If the situation has been going on for a while, more stringent treatments may be necessary.
Hammertoe is a condition in which the toe starts to look like a hammer as the tip of the toe draws down. This can also be extremely painful for your senior and it might be difficult for her to put her feet into shoes without pain. The worst part is that this can affect your senior’s balance and her ability to walk safely, so it needs to be addressed.
Wounds that Won’t Heal
Your senior’s feet are far away from her heart and torso, which can mean that poor circulation and other problems create trouble for her when it comes to wounds and other injuries. If you’re noticing that your senior has a wound that is either becoming worse or simply won’t heal, this can be a sign of a bigger problem. Make sure you contact her doctor right away.
If you’re not sure what you should watch for in terms of keeping your senior’s feet healthy, definitely talk to her doctor. Home care services providers can help you to spot problems before they become too advanced, especially if they’re helping with bathing and dressing tasks.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.