Making Steps in the Right Direction

One of the highlights of the many varied activities that we have in our Assisted Living community has nothing to do with entertainment.  It does have everything to do with health and prevention.  When it comes to taking care of our feet, it is no small matter.  Yet many seniors lose the ability to safely trim their toenails or inspect their feet for other issues.  That is why the periodic visits from a podiatrist keep our residents feeling one step ahead!  Since the feet are closely tied to our overall health…here are some simple tips excerpted from GREAT FEET FOR LIFE: FOOTCARE AND FOOTWEAR FOR HEALTHY AGING by Paul Langer, DPM to keep your feet headed in the right direction.

loofahs-jpg-838x0_q67_crop-smartFoot Hygiene   The single most important thing one can do for foot health is good foot hygiene. This means washing the feet daily, wearing clean socks and caring for the skin and nails on a regular basis.

Skin Care  The skin of the feet must be resilient enough to withstand thousands of footsteps each day. Bathing the feet daily, applying moisturizing lotions to dry skin and managing calluses with lotions and a pumice stone helps our skin hold up to the demands of an active lifestyle. Never ignore rashes, painful calluses or skin that is red or tender as this can be a sign of infection. For those whose feet sweat excessively, foot powders and socks with less than 30% cotton are best for keeping the skin dry.

ca5c5fa4-12a5-404b-86bc-05c404b1a623Nail Care  Toenails tend to become thicker, discolored and more brittle as we age. This can make it more difficult to trim the nails and contribute to painful nail conditions such as ingrown nails or fungal nails. Nails should be trimmed straight across and rough edges or nail thickness should be reduced with a nail file.

Footwear   For those who are vulnerable to foot pain whether from arthritis, previous injuries or toe alignment issues such as bunions or hammertoes, it is imperative that you wear shoes that fit well, provide proper support and are not excessively worn. Poorly fitting shoes contribute to many of the most common causes of foot pain. Take the time to visit a reputable footwear retailer and spend the time necessary selecting a comfortable, supportive pair of shoes.fuzzy-socks

Falling Risk and Your Feet  Risk factors for falls include: poorly fitting shoes, shoes with elevated heel height, excessively worn shoes, sandals or shoes with an unsecured heel.

April is Foot Health Awareness Month.  So step up and make good choices for your foot health!  It will help keep you feeling footloose and fancy free!

Enjoy The Sun, But Protect Your Skin

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the USA. About 3.5 Million cases of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the USA. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, will be diagnosed in 73,000 individual in the USA in 2015.

We all love to spend time outdoors and enjoy the sun.  The American Cancer Society has a quick guide to protecting yourself from sun damage and potential skin cancer.  It’s called the “Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap” Rule.

  1. Slip on a shirt – Wear protective clothing when you go outside, expose as little skin as possible.
  2. Slop on the Sunscreen Use sunscreen and lip balm with at least 30 SPF or higher and reapply every 2 hours.
  3. Slap on a hat – Cover your head with a wide brim hat, remember to protect your neck and ears.
  4. Wrap on Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses to protect your eyes

Enjoy your time outdoors this summer and reduce your risk of skin cancer.