The Right Shoe Can Make All the Difference

No one wants sore feet. Everyone needs sensible shoes. Especially people over 65. If you are caring for an elderly parent or other relative, finding him the right shoes is important.

Old feet get injured more easily

Humans are born with a quantum of fat at the bottom of our feet which keeps a spring in our steps up to about the age of sixty. As people age, however, this important fat cushion diminishes. This may be especially true for seniors who have lost weight due to dieting or because of lost appetite. Caregivers need to understand that is why people over 65 so often complain about hurt feet.

Foot health issues become more common in old age. Plantar Fasciitis, corns, and bunions can cause pain which leads to reduced mobility. Old feet are more prone to swelling, especially if the senior is diabetic or takes medications that cause water retention. Being obese or overweight can worsen these conditions.

What kinds of shoes do seniors need?

Unless a senior is actually running, he or she may not need a running shoe so much as a walking shoe. Caregivers should know that walking shoes are differently constructed. The flexibility is in the front of the shoe because walkers propel themselves, in large part, with the toes and forward pads of their feet.

Some considerations for choosing a walking shoe are:

Memory foam inner soles–This new shoe technology is a life saver because it compensates for the loss of fat on the sole of the foot. And, yes, it’s the same material they use to make super comfortable mattresses. So it’s like having mini-mattresses on the bottom of your feet. Heaven.

Laces or pull-ons–If your senior struggles to tie laces, pull on shoes might be the better choice. However, slip-ons tend to let go of the walker’s heel, so you may have to do some trial and error to find a pair that is neither too tight nor slipping off.

Shoe weight–In general, heavier shoes can stand up to more abuse. If your senior is going to be walking in the woods or on uneven surfaces like gravel, he may need a really solid platform. If he is going to be walking on very smooth sidewalks, a lightweight shoe is easier to walk in.

Choose the right trainers

Ideally, your senior is doing some kind of strength or resistance exercise which involves small hand weights or rubber bands or wearable weights. For this kind of exercise, many fitness experts recommend shoes called “trainers.”

Trainers are flatter and more solid from heel to toe than walking shoes. With two sets of the right shoes, your senior will transition from walking shoes to trainers when working out and from trainers to walking shoes when walking, especially outside the house.

In brief, helping your senior choose some really good shoes that suit her lifestyle is one of the kindest things caregivers can do. Home care professionals can help you with this by making shoe recommendations, shopping for shoes with your senior, and reminding your senior which shoes are suitable for which activities.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Delray Beach, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920


What Else Can Be a Problem with Diabetes?

Most people who know about diabetes are aware of the issues related to blood sugar, but there are other concerns, too. During National Diabetes Month it’s a good idea to make sure that you and your senior know as much about diabetes and the possible complications as you can.

She May Have Blood Pressure Issues

It might be surprising to realize that blood pressure can be a concern with diabetes, but it’s true. Your senior’s entire circulatory system is affected by blood sugar levels that are too high and those high levels can lead to heart problems down the line. Your senior’s doctor may recommend monitoring your senior’s blood pressure at home, just to keep an eye on it.

Cholesterol Levels Can Rise

Cholesterol levels are another potential problem area if your elderly family member has diabetes. Higher than recommended cholesterol levels interfere with your senior’s circulatory system and her overall health, so they’re important to keep in check. Your senior’s doctor may recommend a dietary change or even medication to help.

She May Have Oral Problems

Oral problems are always an area for concern, but diabetes ups the risks here. Any kinds of abscesses or sores may be more difficult to heal, and that leaves the door open for infection. Your senior is also less likely to be able to eat the healthy foods that she needs to be eating in order to keep her blood sugar under the best control possible.

Her Kidneys May Be Overworked

High blood sugar travels through your senior’s body and gets filtered through her kidneys. That causes a lot more work, and therefore wear and tear, on those already busy organs. If your elderly family member went years without knowing that her blood sugar levels were too high, that’s a long time that her kidneys were working way too hard. Eventually, those organs can stop working as well as they did, or stop working altogether.

Her Skin May Suffer

Your senior’s skin may be a lot drier now that she’s dealing with diabetes, too. She may find that small wounds are taking longer to heal and that her skin is a lot more fragile than it used to be. She may also start to develop nerve damage that can manifest as either numbness in some areas or burning pain. Some of these issues may be reversible or controllable, but they can become permanent.

It’s vital to work closely with your senior’s doctor to develop a care plan. Elder care providers can help with whatever your senior needs, including assisting with regular blood sugar testing.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Jupiter, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920

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