It’s the holidays and time for that time-honored tradition of gift-giving! If you’re shopping for an older friend, relative or your senior neighbor, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center are sharing some gift suggestions to show the seniors in your life that you care.
These gifts will be a friendly reminder your senior loved ones need to take special care of their feet, especially during the colder winter months.
In our office, we find feet are often disregarded as the weather gets colder and more layers of clothing are added. Because of this, older people are more at risk of not noticing changes taking place in their feet or signs of a problem.
Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for the seniors in your life that keep their foot health in mind.
Warm Socks: Walking without shoes not only puts you at risk of having icy cold feet, but it also gives you a chance to step on, or running into, an object without that required layer of protection. Seniors who live with diabetes and suffer from peripheral neuropathy may not realize that they’ve injured their foot. Gift them with socks that provide just enough warmth and cushioning without an elastic band that can irritate the skin and affect circulation.
Soothing Moisturizers: Not using moisturizers during cold winter months can affect your skin, and for seniors living with diabetes, this is serious. Cracked, dry skin can be painful and feel sore. If bleeding occurs, an infection can develop. Giving them a good moisturizing lotion or cream can help them keep their skin soft and supple.
Encouragement and Company: During the holiday season, you may need to provide a senior loved one with the encouragement to schedule a visit with their podiatrist because they may be scared and concerned about what’s causing their decreased mobility. But supporting them and even offering to go with them can be very beneficial to them.
If a senior in your life has fallen, or is feeling pain when walking, urge them to visit their podiatrist to assist them.
If you need more gift suggestions or would like to know more about senior foot care, reach out to the experienced team at Greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center. Click here to locate contact information for the office nearest you.