Feet are not something that most people want to spend a lot of time thinking about, especially not someone else's feet. However, as you get older, your feet will encounter a lot more problems that need to be cared for by a specific professional known as a podiatrist. You put a lot of weight onto your feet on a daily basis, and as your joints and skin become weaker, this can cause more issues. Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider scheduling an appointment at the podiatrist for your more elderly parents.
As you get older, your nails get a lot harder and more unruly, which makes them difficult to care for on your own, especially as you get less agile and cannot reach them easily. A podiatrist can help provide some options to help make your nails a little less coarse, but they are especially good at trimming them so that they do not become ingrown or cut your feet when you are in bed. Nail care is not something many people like to talk about, but it is something you need to monitor and manage so that they do not get infections.
It is no secret that skin becomes less supple as you get older, but that does not mean you have to put up with cracks in your feet. A regular trip to the podiatrist will ensure that nothing is slipping by and that any and all cracks as well as blisters and other sores are well cared for. Your parents might not even know they have them because they are hidden out of view and they are unable to properly see them, but they will feel the effects of them. Dry, cracking skin and blisters can make many older people simply not want to walk, which in turn will ruin their quality of life over something that should be fairly trivial.
Pain In The Joints
If your parents ever so much as mention a pain in their legs or feet then you should take that seriously. Joint pain for older people is not something that is easily overcome without special exercises, routines and potentially medication. If you don't act fast, this pain can also spread or get even worse, which is the last thing you want. Don't take a 'wait-and-see' approach; you need to be as proactive as possible when it comes to joint pain, especially around the feet of older Australians.