Did your shoes shrink?
Our feet change in size and shape much the same as the rest of our body as we age...Click here to learn about this common problem
Why don't my shoes fit anymore?
Our feet change in size and shape much the same as the rest of our body as we age. As time passes the muscles and tendons lose some of their strength causing an increase in our foot length and width. Shoes that no longer fit well can cause pain and problems such as bunions, corns, and blisters to name afew. Sore feet affect the way you walk and in turn can affect ankles, knees and hips.
That is why it is so important to make sure your footwear fits well and is comfortable.
Below are a few tips for purchasing footwear to keep your feet and toes feeling great!
- To make sure your shoes are the right fit, have your feet measured (length and width) each time you are purchasing footwear.
- Be sure to try on shoes before purchasing, sizing can vary even in the same brand, depending on where it is manufactured.
- If the footwear feels tight when you put it on, do not expect it to 'stretch to fit' Most materials do not stretch enough to make the shoe fit comfortably. Try the next size up.
- To make sure your shoes are the right fit, have your feet measured (length and width) each time you are purchasing footwear.Check that you have approximately one half inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the footwear.
- If you have foot problems such as corns, bunions, or an arthritic foot it is best to buy footwear that has an extra deep and wide toe box to avoid pressure on the skin of your toes. A bit of extra space here can make a world of difference in comfort.
- Footwear needs to be lightweight, supportive and comfortable. If the shoes do not feel fantastic when you first put them on, put them back on the shelf and try something else.
- It is best to select footwear at the end of the day as our feet tend to swell due to gravity and activities. If the footwear fits comfortably at this time of the day they should never feel too tight.
Who Can Benefit From Nursing Foot Care?
People from all walks of life can benefit, we all depend on our feet to keep us mobile. People who spend long hours on their feet could benefit from a relaxing foot care treatment and suggestions for improved foot health and comfort. Ongoing foot care maintenance is important for those with poor eyesight, diseases such as poor circulation, stroke, dementia, arthritis, joint problems, foot pain or other conditions that prevent people from being able to care safely for their own feet.
Consultation and Assessment
Professional foot care begins with a thorough nursing assessment of the client's feet and includes a health questionnaire and visual inspection. Our Foot Care Nurses are trained in Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care, we are able to care for specific foot care problems such as corns, calluses, ingrown toe nails, thickened and hard to cut nails, cracked heels, and fungal nails. After assessing your feet, we will design a personalized foot care program specific to your needs. We can also offer suggestions for keeping your feet more comfortable between visits.
Diabetic Foot Care
Ongoing foot care is extremely important for people with diabetes. Some of the effects of the disease increase the risk of foot problems and also increase the likelihood of complications. Regular assessment and proper diabetic foot care can decrease the risk of serious foot problems.