March 30, 2009
Health Tip: Protect Aging Feet
Help prevent painful problems
(HealthDay News) -- Foot problems that develop as people age restrict mobility and limit seniors' ability to enjoy life.
The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions to help seniors keep their feet healthy:
- Keep walking. Feet need exercise, and walking is the best kind.
- Make sure you wear shoes that fit properly and are comfortable. Shoes should offer a sturdy sole and a soft upper area.
- If you have a foot problem such as a corn or callus, see a podiatrist. Never try to remove a corn or callus yourself.
- Wash your feet each day in warm water (never too hot) and gentle soap. Carefully dry and moisturize the feet afterward.
- Cut your toenails regularly, and always straight across, not at an angle.
- Get a foot exam by a podiatrist twice yearly. More frequently, perform a self-inspection to look for any redness, swelling or injuries.