As a Massage Therapist, I see plenty of feet.
As people age, the feet seem to get more and more neglected for many people. Except the women who treat themselves to pedicures often:) Yet think about how important our feet are. They move us about everywhere we go. If we have happy feet, it’s a lot easier to be happy people!
Foot care helps us to keep them healthy, and prevent pain and other foot issues.
Beginning with hygiene, start by keeping your feet clean and dry. Towel them off well after a shower or bath, to prevent fungal infections. Also, by using a textured cloth, you can help promote good circulation and more efficient skin cell replacement.
Every now and then, after you finish with your cleansing routine, check your toe nails and skin, especially if you have diabetes. The feet can signal problems that can be seen by easy observation.
Soaks with a good scrub can be very comforting and refreshing to the feet. This can help to exfoliate.
Trim nails carefully. Ingrown toenails can be very uncomfortable and lead to infection.
Choose well sized footwear. I have seen women come into my office whose feet are shaped like high heel shoes and in very odd shapes. Honestly. This is horrible for the feet as well as the posture.
Don’t share shoes or go barefoot in public places, especially shower. Dirty.
Stretch each foot with rollers, on steps, or 1/2 cylinders to help in the arches. When we walk, we are meant to have flexible feet.
Wiggle your toes and exercise your feet. I have noticed many seniors who have lost most of their awareness of their ankles and feet and can hardly move them.
Foot massage feels great. It can improve how you feel dramatically.
Don’t wait to long to see a physician if you have foot pain. It’s always better to be as proactive as possible when it comes to health.
Sharon Hartnett LMT, CST-D, SI, BHSP