Isn’t that the truth? Living ain’t easy, living with painful feet ain’t no fun either. Not to fret, I can help.
The elderly population have some special considerations regarding their foot health, such as:
- Being a fall risk
- Developing toe/foot deformities that are no longer deemed fixable
- Toenails get longer and thicker causing pain with walking or creating wounds
- There is a decrease in the fat padding on the feet, thus more susceptible to developing pain and calluses
- Dry feet
- Thinning skin
- Decreased circulation, which can impair healing of wounds
These are all reasons to visit a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation on preventive care and treatment.
For home care, Dr. Tea recommends the following:
- Making sure your shoes fit well, that they are not too tight or too loose to cause trips and falls. Shoes should allow the toes to move freely, about a half inch of space at the toes.
- For toe deformities, using toe spacers or gel pads can help ease the pain caused by rubbing. These are available for purchase in our office.
- For long, thick painful toenails that are difficult to cut, soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes to soften the nail. Trim the nails to the length of the tip of the toe, avoiding digging into the corners. If these are too difficult for you or care giver to do, please make your appointment with Dr. Tea.
- For areas that used to have fat padding but seem to have thinned out, using moleskin or a silicone insert can alleviate foot pain.
- For calluses or corns, do not use any medicated pads. Unsupervised use of these types of products can lead to skin damage and worsening pain.
- For dry feet, apply a cream daily avoiding in between the toes. Cream is more hydrating than lotion. However, too much moisture between the toes can cause the skin to break down and sores can develop.
- Also, with thin skin you want to avoid using tapes directly on the skin as the removal of tapes can rip off the skin causing a sore. Try using a silicone based tape instead that is gentle on the skin or soaking the bandaid off with water for gentle removal.
Don’t wait for problems to arise to see a foot specialist. We can help. Call us now at 831-288-3400.