10 Important Tips for Proper Senior Foot Care

Proper foot care is crucial for senior adults because it helps prevent falls, injuries, and complications from diseases like diabetes. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing his top 10 tips regarding how to properly care for senior feet so they can continue taking you wherever you want to go.

Tips to Properly Care for Senior Feet

  1. Show your soles some love. As you get older, the muscle tissue in your feet can thin out, which can lead to loss of feeling in your feet. Use a mirror with a long handle to view what you may not be able to feel. Inspect the soles of your feet and in between your toes each day to look for blisters, sores, or cuts. This is particularly important if you have diabetes.
  2. Sport the right footwear. Wearing proper footwear can help seniors maintain their balance, avoid falling and lessen the risk of blisters and other injuries. Be sure not to choose shoes that slide around or rub on your heel when you walk, as this is a common way to develop blisters. If you have neuropathy or diabetes, talk with your podiatrist about custom orthotics.
  3. Get a proper fit by following these recommendations:
  • Shop for shoes in the afternoon when your feet are inflamed;
  • Have your feet measured, as foot size can change;
  • It’s common for one foot to be larger than the other, so choose the size that fits the larger one;
  • Always try on shoes before you buy them to make sure they fit properly.
  1. Don’t go barefoot. When outdoors, always wear shoes to prevent scrapes, cuts, and falls. Also wear shoes as much as possible when indoors to protect your feet.
  2. Trim your toenails. Trimming toenails straight across and keeping them no shorter than the tip of your toe is key for averting ingrown toenails. If you can’t comfortably reach your feet, see a podiatrist for regular medical pedicures and trimming.
  3. Keep the blood flowing. As you get older, your blood circulation to your feet can be diminished. To encourage proper circulation:
  • When sitting, prop your feet up;
  • When sitting for long periods of time, wiggle your toes occasionally;
  • Do daily stretching;
  • Massage your feet regularly.
  1. Keep your feet dry as a bone. Make sure your feet aren’t moist before you put your shoes on and change your socks on a regular basis.
  1. Moisturizing is key. Seniors need to keep their feet moisturized to avoid itching, cracking, and calluses. Always use gentle soap and put on lotion after your bath or shower.
  2. Combat fungal infections. Seniors can avoid getting athlete’s foot by changing their socks or stockings daily, wearing shoes that fit properly and using foot powder each day.
  3. Get regular foot checkups from your podiatrist. Your podiatrist can identify problems like hammertoe, bunions, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, or wounds before they turn into more serious problems.

If you’re a senior and it’s time for a foot checkup or you’re experiencing any foot-related issues – don’t hesitate – call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 or schedule your appointment online.

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. A popular one is to start taking better care of our health. And while this is a great idea, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists finds that most people make the mistake of not thinking about foot health until they have a problem.

However, as any podiatrist would tell you, keeping your feet healthy is beneficial to your overall health. They can be an indication of what is going on with the rest of your body, ranging from poor posture to diminished blood circulation.

Today we’re sharing seven resolutions to get – and maintain – healthier feet in 2019.

  1. Exercise. Many people don’t realize how much working out can impact the health of their feet. Walking, which is one of the simplest forms of exercise, works miracles for keeping your feet in shape. Healthy feet are essential for people who play sports or work on their feet all day.
  2. Watch what you eat. What you eat affects your body, and that includes your feet. To keep your feet healthy, cut back on foods that cause inflammation in the body, such as sugar and artificial trans fats.
  3. Stick to a daily foot care routine. Each night before bed, cleanse your feet and put on moisturizer to help prevent dryness.
  4. Put an end to foot pain. If your feet are bothering you on a regular basis, it is time to visit your podiatrist. In many cases, foot pain is the result of the interaction between your way of walking and your footwear. The first step in relieving your discomfort is to see your podiatrist.
  5. Switch out your athletic shoes every six months. Even the best athletic shoe will lose its capacity to provide proper support for your feet over time. If you continue, wearing them when they’re worn out can affect the alignment of your foot and put you at a higher risk for sports-related injuries.
  6. Limit time spent wearing flip-flops and high heels. When you wear flip-flops, your feet are not getting any support, and the open design leaves your feet vulnerable to infections and injury. On the other hand, high heels force your feet into a very unnatural position that can affect the structure of the foot resulting in corns, calluses, and bunions, among other things. Wearing them once in a while is fine, but try to wear protective and supportive shoes most of the time.
  7. Make sure you’re wearing the correct size shoe. Wearing the wrong size shoe is estimated to result in up to 80 percent of foot problems. Next time you purchase shoes, have your foot measured to ensure that you are buying the correct size.

Unfortunately, often foot care is overlooked. Following these foot care resolutions can help prevent foot pain from occurring. If you are experiencing chronic foot pain – or any other issue with your feet or ankles, call Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.