My name is Melinda Johnson and I suffered with foot pain for many years. I went to see a podiatrist and after an examination, I was told that I had heel spur syndrome. I followed the recommendations of my doctor by doing at home treatments along with physical therapy. I was amazed at how much these treatments helped my foot pain. Living with pain can have a big impact on your life and that's why I started this blog. My foot pain kept me from doing many things that I enjoy and I want to help others who are going through the same situation. As you browse through my blog, you'll learn about home treatments, medical procedures and new advancements in medicine that can help reduce pain. It is my hope that by writing this blog, you can live pain free too.
Many people develop assorted problems with their feet as they age, which can especially be problematic if keeping active is a central goal. If you find that your foot issues are preventing you from enjoying the quality of life and overall lifestyle that you desire, seeking care from a health practitioner is a good idea. While you can go to a podiatrist, another option to consider is to hire a home health aide who is experienced in treating patients' feet. This way, you can receive the necessary care within your own home, which can especially be helpful if your mobility is compromised because of your foot pain. Here are some common ways that in-home care providers can help your feet.
Washing your feet might seem like a simple task, but it can be a challenge as you age. A lack of flexibility, which is especially possible if you're overweight, can mean that you lack the ability to thoroughly clean and dry your feet. If you've suffered from foot-related issues such as the growth of fungus, unclean feet can worsen the issue — and leave you with toes and feet that are inflamed, itchy, and even painful. When you hire in-home care, you can rest assured that your aide will carefully wash your feet, dry them and add any powder or ointment, and then help you put on dry, clean socks.
In a similar manner to washing your feet, caring for your toenails can be difficult when you age. You may lack the flexibility and even the eyesight to properly clip your toenails, for example, which could lead to an elevated risk of ingrown toenails that cause you pain and compromise your ability to walk. A home health aide can cut your toenails in the proper manner and even reduce pain from ingrown toenails if they're not major enough to require care from your family doctor.
You may also be dealing with calluses on your toes, heels, and the sides of your feet that make walking painful. Filing down these tough areas of built-up skin is the approach that you need, but this isn't a job for the novice. An in-home health aide with experience providing this type of care can file down the calluses to the right amount and avoid going too deep, as that would also cause you pain. As soon as the calluses are gone, you'll feel instant relief when you stand and walk.