Giving gifts has been an essential part of holiday celebrations for generations. At times, though, it can be challenging to find that perfect gift. This can be particularly true of the seniors in our lives because it can feel like they already have everything they could ever want or need. This holiday season, items to help the seniors in your life care for their feet might be the perfect gift. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some ideas.
Senior feet require a lot of loving care for many reasons. For one, as we age circulation is not as robust, muscles, and connective tissues begin to weaken, bones start to get thinner, and seniors become more vulnerable to serious diseases that affect the feet, such as diabetes.
Taking special care of the lower limbs helps prevent serious problems from occurring, and allows seniors to maintain their flexibility and mobility. Some simple items can help seniors care for their feet – and they can make great holiday gifts too!
Great Holiday Gifts For Seniors
- Socks: Kids may not like getting socks on Christmas morning, but for a senior who suffers from poor circulation, a nice, thick pair can make the difference between toasty and icy toes. Synthetic or woolen socks with moisture-absorbing properties are the best choice because they help draw perspiration away from the skin.
- Slippers: Slippers that have thick soles that provide support can also help keep feet warm, especially for those who have diabetes. Thick, sturdy soles can help protect the feet from stepping on something sharp, and for someone with diabetes, this is vital for helping prevent injuries such as ulcers.
- Pampering: There are also many other gift ideas that do not include footwear. It becomes more challenging to keep skin moisturized as we age, so that a good nourishing foot cream could be a useful gift. Treating their feet to some footbath crystals are another great idea.
Help the seniors in your life stay strong on their feet in their golden years. For more information regarding proper senior foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today.