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"Why is Foot Care so important, and how can I help my aging loved one with their foot health?"

Why did the foot stink at telling jokes?

Because it was corny!

May is Foot Care Awareness month, so we thought it was the perfect time to share some insightful facts around foot care and its importance, especially as we age. For example, did you know?:

· Feet are home to almost a quarter of all the bones in our bodies!

· Feet are your natural shock absorbers.

· The average person walks 110,000 miles in their lifetime!

· Women are four times more likely to have foot problems than men.

· Over the course of a day, your feet take the cumulative force of a couple hundred tons!

Pretty interesting facts! Most importantly however, did you know that the condition of a person’s feet can provide insight into their overall health? Discoloration, shape changes, and chipping can sometimes mean more significant health issues. Diabetes and poor blood flow also contribute to foot issues in the senior population, as the rates of both are high. Remember that aging feet need extra care!

Below are some essential foot care tips for better health:

1. Keep your feet clean

Good hygiene helps prevent fungal, viral and bacterial infections

2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Cracking, flaking and breaking are the results from dry skin

3. Trim your nails

Overgrown nails can cause pain and challenges with walking

4. Monitor for any sores

Bedsores can be found on the heels of feet – it’s quite common especially for those who stay in bed or a chair regularly

5. Ensure proper footwear

Get your feet sized and measured! Close-toed shoes that support the arch, width and ankle are highly recommended

6. Seek medical help when required

Bunions, hammer toes, discolored nails, corns, calluses are serious and without proper attention can cause infection

7. Be mindful of any pain

Tingling, numbness, stiffness, swelling all can potentially mean a serious health issue. Feet are the first parts of the body to show symptoms of illnesses like arthritis and diabetes

8. Consider circulation

Diabetes and peripheral artery disease can reduce circulation in legs and feet that can then contribute to blood clots. Try a foot massage, elevation or compression stockings!

9. Reach out for help if you need support maintaining your foot health! Port City Home Service’s foot care nurses are ready to help! Call us today at 902-407-2815. Happy Foot Care Awareness month!

- Zoé

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