Orthotics Your podiatrist, chiropodist, or other healthcare professional may prescribe orthotic inserts to be worn at all times. These insoles are molded from a cast of your foot. They may be rigid, semi-rigid, or soft. Your healthcare professional will decide which type is right for you depending on your condition. They are often expensive. Cheaper over-the-counter insoles available at any drug store may be sufficient. Monitoring You should inspect your feet regularly, checking for changes in skin color or temperature, thickened or discolored nails, and any sign of a break in the skin or abrasion. For older people with diabetes—who… read more →
Arch Problems Flat feet: Non-surgical approaches are always preferable, and include: Pain medications and anti-inflammatory pills (aspirin, ibuprofen) Taping the foot Shoes t0hat fit well with low heels and arch support Calf stretches Massage and warm-water foot baths Icing the arch Over-the-counter or custom-made orthotic insoles. Surgery to lengthen the Achilles tendon or reshape the foot is rarely done in older people, and then only in very severe cases. Overly high arches: Depending on how severe the deformity and pain, your podiatrist or other healthcare professional will prescribe non-surgical treatments similar to those for flat feet, exercise, or surgery. Tarsal… read more →
Arthritis Foot Problems Depending upon the severity of the arthritic symptoms, you may be able to control your pain and disability with exercise, heating pads (if you do not have nerve damage or numbness), warm footbaths, or massage. Custom-made footwear is often helpful. Painkillers, including acetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen) may take care of more serious pain. If the pain is severe and prevents you from walking securely and comfortably, your healthcare professional or podiatrist may suggest surgery. This will depend on your individual condition. Heel Pain Plantar fasciitis/heel spurs: Exercise to stretch the plantar tendons, painkillers such… read more →
Diabetic Foot Problems Minor foot infections: Your podiatrist will clean the infected area and give you antibiotics to make sure the infection heals and does not spread. It may take a while so make sure to take all the pills prescribed and have your healthcare professional check your progress. Serious foot infections: If you have diabetes, you have a greater risk of developing stubborn foot ulcers from a small initial cut or abrasion. The infection can then spread into your bones, through your foot, and even into your leg. To prevent this, foot ulcers must be treated carefully and your… read more →
Foot Problems Care & Treatment Bunions A small bunion may stop bothering you if you wear wide shoes and comfortable socks or stockings that do not rub on the bunion area. Shoe inserts like orthotics (soles specially molded to your foot) may also help. Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or corticosteroid (cortisone) injections may help to relieve pain. Surgery: Even if your bunion is severe, outpatient surgery may be all you need. In this type of operation—usually an office procedure—the abnormal growth of the bunion is gently shaved away and tendons are adjusted. In more… read more →
Foot Problems Risk Factors You are at higher risk of developing foot problems in later life in the presence of any of the following factors: Frequent wearing of poorly fitted, pointy or high-heeled shoes Diabetes (especially if you have calluses or corns, poor circulation, loss of sensation, or poor eyesight) Neuropathy (loss of sensation) in the feet and ankles Other types of nerve or muscle damage (hammertoes) Arthritis Certain occupations that involve a lot of standing Injuries to the feet, toes or ankles Abnormal blood vessels Flat feet or highly arched feet Walking often on hard surfaces Symptoms and Warning… read more →
Seniors Foot Problems Causes & Symptoms For Seniors feet tend to spread and lose the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of your feet. If you are carrying extra weight, the bones and ligaments take an extra beating. Also, any abnormalities that you were born with can become more pronounced or painful as your foot joints lose their flexibility and become more rigid with age. Poorly fitting shoes make foot problems worse and actually cause many of them. The skin of your feet also gets drier with age, so that infections can occur more easily. Specific causes differ depending upon the particular foot… read more →
The greatest joy comes from giving and serving the Seniors The greatest joy comes from giving and serving. That’s much better than the discomfort and distress of focusing exclusively on yourself and what’s in it for you. When you make the shift to supporting others in your life, without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find comfort and joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer The greatest joy comes from giving and serving, so replace your habit of focusing exclusively on yourself and what’s in it for you. When you make the shift to supporting others in your life, without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find comfort and joy in the act of giving and serving.
Senior Home Care Support Safe Care Home Support provides Senior Care Support as we understand that sometimes people need extra help to maintain their independence. That means providing as much or as little assistance as you want, from a helping hand for a few hours a day to total live-in care for seniors or people with physical/developmental challenges. We are dedicated to promoting independence, dignity and peace of mind wherever you or your loved ones call home. Senior Home Care Support provides help to take medications, change bandages and clean wounds, recover from an injury or health problem, check your health,… read more →