Problems with feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions, particularly among older adults. Health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, and circulatory disorders, may first be manifested in the feet. So, it’s important to pay attention to your feet and seek medical attention as soon as you notice a problem.
Feet lose cushioning as they age, and skin and nails can be dry and brittle. Many seniors have poor circulation, slowing the healing of foot sores.
If left untreated, small cuts and sore spots on the feet can lead to more serious infections. Foot ulcers (open wounds on the feet) are common among senior citizens who fail to notice minor foot injuries early on. Reduced nervous sensation and circulation in the feet mean that the feet need to be inspected visually.
Our foot care services are administered by a qualified LPN, and include:
- Callous and/or corn reduction
- Nail cutting and filing for those with complications that make it unsafe or impossible for them to do it themselves (for example: nerve damage due to diabetes, dementia, arthritis, etc.)
- Examining for potential issues
- Education regarding ongoing foot care, proper footwear, etc.
Healthy feet are essential to continued mobility and independence!
Services are free for those who require it. Referral from a family doctor is required.