As you expect regular wear and tear on your footwear, you should expect the same on your feet. This regular wear and tear is much greater in some than others. Runners and those who stand or walk a great deal for work, like bank tellers, nurses and chiropodist, and construction workers, can expect a greater amount of wear and tear. Also as we age we experience a normal reduction in the fatty tissue of the feet, which acts as a cushion, which speeds up the wear and tear process. And just like you maintain your shoes as they get worn, you should maintain the feet that wear them.
Although most people can take care of their basic foot care needs independently, health care professionals recommend regular foot checkups (every 6-12 months). Given the distance from the feet to the eye it is easy to miss small changes in the condition of your feet. These minor changes are detected and treated by your Footcare Connect nurse early before they can turn into a bigger problem or permanent disability later.
Footcare Connect also provides routine foot care (every 1-3 months) to clients who are unable to care for their feet safely for any of the reasons listed below:
- Poor eyesight
- Poor Hand/eye coordination
- Unable to reach due to arthritis, surgery or obesity
- Thickened nails
- Lack of strength
- Taking blood thinning medication daily (aspirin, warfarin, Plavix)