Shoe safety checklist

Time to put away those winter boots and bring out the shoes and sandals...

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Shoe safety checklist

Spring Has Sprung! Time to put away those winter boots and bring out the shoes and sandals. Be sure to check them over before you put them back into service for the season.
Here is what to look for:

  1. Check out the bottom of the shoe; check the condition of the treads, a sole that is worn flat will give very little traction on hard or wet surfaces. Look at the heel of the shoe, is it worn down or on an angle? Heels in this condition may cause a trip or sprain.
  2. Check where the fabric or leather of the shoe joins with the sole on the outside of the shoe, be sure the seams are holding well and the upper is firmly attached to the sole. Torn seams can rub your foot, causing blisters or callouses. In the case of sandals, be sure all the straps are in good condition and the fastener is in working order.
  3. Feel the inside of the shoe. Do you feel indents where your toes go? Check the insole, when the insole is flattened by the weight of your foot it loses its ability to act as a shock absorber. If possible, remove the insole and examine the inside of the shoe. Worn areas in the insole can cause callousing and sores on your feet. Worn or broken areas under the insole and indents in this part of the shoe means you need to replace the shoe. If the shoe under the insole is in good condition you may consider just replacing the insole.
  4. Next feel around the inside of the shoe, from the heel to the toe on both sides of the shoe with special attention to the inside seams. Worn, torn or rough spots are often the cause of callouses and blisters.
  5. Be sure you wear the right footwear for the activity you are doing. Taking a walk? Take the time to put on socks and lace up your runners. Socks will help prevent blisters and runners provide much more support and stability than sandals.
If your shoes are more than 2 years old they may not be providing you with the support and comfort they once did. Buying a new pair (and getting rid of the old ones) is a great investment in keeping you safe, active and mobile.

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.

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