Over the past 5 years, we have seen a frequent amount of patients/clients that required foot care long before they reached us. There are so many reasons why people neglect this simple step. The Diabetes Association has done so much to promote the need for foot care in the diabetes community. Sadly, we still all have a lot of work to do to get this message out there. Foot Care Is Important!! It can mean the difference between having mobility and being in a wheelchair. Preventing amputations, walking pain free, having the proper shoes, treating sores early, and reducing infections and disease, are all benefits of regular foot care.
Here are some situations that we frequently see:
- Seniors who live alone may lack the tools or mobility to care and monitor their own feet. Many living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia may be resistive to care and require a gentle approach.
- Uncontrolled diabetes. As nurses, we advocate to our patients and clients consistently on the importance of managing and controlling your diabetes. Diabetes can affect almost every area of your health including your feet. Your diabetic team should consist of a variety of health care professionals including a foot care provider to monitor for open areas, infection, and proper nail care.
- Medical foot care is not just for seniors! The area we live in is home to many manufacturing and production plants. Employees spend long days in steel-toed shoes/boots, that often result in corns, calluses, blisters, and nail fungus of feet and nails. A medical pedicure can offer relief from these troublesome and painful areas.
Are you embarrassed about the condition and appearance of your feet? In all honesty? There would not be too much that would have us running in a corner. We like feet and we want you to like your feet too! You are One Step away from beautiful feet. (We had to say that; it fits with our name).