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Feet & Footwear

Your feet are an essential part of your balance and mobility, in later life our feet may show signs of the energetic life we have led. It is important to take care of your feet because problems like long toe nails, loss of feeling and poor footwear can cause discomfort and make you unsteady.

Trimming your toenails using a long handled file after bathing, when they are softer, can make them easier to manage independently.

If you struggle or you have foot problems that you cannot manage yourself, a podiatrist or chiropodist can help. This is especially important if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

Northamptonshire School of podiatry provides a nail care service, and applications can be made via the Northamptonshire university website.

If you have lost the feeling in your feet, you may have reduced balance.  Consider the use of aids to support you, and good lighting to help your vision assist and with your balance further.

Try to wear footwear that protects and supports your feet with non-slip soles that are not too thick. Avoid high heels or backless footwear as they are more likely to cause you to trip. If you have lost the arches in your feet, have flat feet, wear some shoes with a small arch support or consider some insoles.

Sloppy slippers are known to increase the risk of falls, as they do not keep your feet in a good position to aid with balance, and can be a trip hazard. A supportive, fastening pair of house shoes is recommended to support your feet when you are in the house.

Always wear hosiery (socks, stockings, tights) with your shoes and slippers. This will not only help keep your feet warm, but will also prevent footwear rubbing against your feet. Make sure your socks are not too tight.

Keep your feet elevated if they are swollen.

Don’t forget to keep the skin on your feet cleaned and well moisturised. Hardened skin or calluses can affect your balance.

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