Foot pain is no fun. If your loved one suffers from foot pain due to bunions, corns, or calluses, helping her find relief is paramount. When the feet hurt with each step, it might cause your loved one to not want to do the things she loves, like going for long walks or even just running errands to the store with her companion care at home provider. As her caregiver, you want her to be as independent as possible, without having to worry about pain or discomfort.
While bunions, corns, and calluses are different conditions. They all occur on the feet and are aggravated by pressure from footwear or walking. A podiatrist will help you determine the condition and best treatment for the lump, bump, or swollen area. The podiatrist will also suggest some things your loved one can do at home to prevent further bunions or corns from developing.
Evaluate her shoe stash
Poorly fitting shoes often cause painful foot conditions, such as bunions, calluses, and corns. If your loved one has a lot of shoes, you might want to take a few hours to go through all of her shoes to see how they fit. A companion care at home provider can help with this chore. Have your loved one try on her shoes to see if they all still fit properly. Feet grow and change throughout the years, so the shoes she bought 10-20 years ago may no longer fit.
You or your companion care at home provider should check to ensure your loved one has plenty of wiggle room for her toes. As a rule of thumb, if she can’t wiggle her toes, they’re too tight. Shoes that are very narrow in the toe area are a big culprit for creating bunions and corns. They may look good, but they are not good for the feet.
Check those socks as well.
Your loved one’s socks should still have strong enough elastic to hold them up while she’s wearing shoes. Socks that slip down and out of place can set your loved one up to develop some painful calluses, corns, and even blisters. Look for any holes in the socks that cause her feet to rub against the shoe. Toss out all those bad socks.
Keep the feet moisturized.
Clean feet that are well moisturized are less likely to experience the friction that can occur within the shoe. Since an older person’s skill is less supple than when she was younger, it can get irritated and dry out much more quickly. If you wait too long to moisturize, it may be too late because of all the hard dried-up skin surrounding the area. Moisturizing your loved one’s feet should be part of her daily routine. If she is unable to reach her feet, a companion care at home provider can help with this task.