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Senior Helpers provides many in-home, caregiving services for the elderly in Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Marietta, Douglasville, Smyrna, Newnan and surrounding areas. We offer extensive in-home ...

Senior Helpers provides many in-home, caregiving services for the elderly in Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Marietta, Douglasville, Smyrna, Newnan and surrounding areas. We offer extensive in-home health care services for seniors who embrace their independence and the personal dignity that goes with it. Our in-home health care services are provided by bonded and insured caregivers all of whom pass a national background check.

If a senior family member needs in-home care services in Fayette County GA, Coweta County GA, Cobb County GA, Douglas County GA or South Fulton County GA, we are an excellent choice with exemplary references. In-home care is the compassionate choice for your elderly loved ones' continued independent living. We promise we will do our best to make it a positive experience for them and you. For more information, please visit: http://seniorhelpers.com/location/1301.

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Senior helpers in home care of south metro atlanta, georgia, discusses common foot problems Senior helpers in home care of south metro atlanta, georgia, discusses common foot problems Document Transcript

  • Senior Helpers In Home Care of South Metro Atlanta, Georgia, Discusses Common Foot Problems <br />Causes and Care<br />Corns and calluses are thick layers of dead skin cells caused by repeated friction and pressure from shoes. If the first signs of soreness are ignored, corns and calluses rise up as nature's way of protecting sensitive areas. However, the pressure of this hard mass on sensitive nerves in the skin can be painful. At the first sign of tenderness, pads placed on the skin around the calluses will help protect the area. (Pads over the callus will increase the pressure.) <br />A bunion is a deformity at the big toe joint. It occurs when the big toe slants outward at an angle and becomes swollen or tender. Bunions can be inherited, or caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow in the forefoot. Sometimes bunions are a sign of developing arthritis in older people. Consult your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms. <br />Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus. Painful itching between toes, cracked or scaly skin, small blisters and red, irritated skin patches are usually signs of athlete's foot or other fungal or bacterial conditions. The best way to help prevent athlete's foot infection is to keep feet clean and dry with a daily washing. Be especially careful to dry between toes. Use a foot powder to help feet stay drier through the day. <br />Ingrown toenails have corners which have been crowded by the skin. To prevent ingrown toenails, trim nails straight across with toenail clippers. Do not round off corners. The nail should be kept trimmed to protect it from pressure and irritation. After clipping, smooth nails with a file. To ease the pain, wear open-toed sandals and soak feet in warm water once or twice a day. <br />Blisters are caused by poor-fitting shoes and socks. If blisters occur, don't pop them-you may cause infection. If a blister breaks on its own, carefully wash the area, apply antiseptic, cover with a sterile bandage during the day, and uncover at night to let the skin "breathe." <br />Special Care for Diabetics <br />Diabetes can affect blood circulation. It can also lessen feeling in the feet. So diabetics are especially vulnerable to foot problems. People with diabetes should be sure to keep the feet warm, to wear non-restrictive shoes, and to check daily for redness, cuts and cracks to prevent them from developing into more a more serious problem. <br />If you have diabetes, see your physician about even the most simple foot problems. Avoid cutting corns or calluses and using any remedy containing salicylic acid (an ingredient listed on labels of certain corn remedies, with a warning against its use by diabetics). Trim toenails carefully to avoid breaking the skin or producing an ingrown toenail. <br />Even a small problem with the feet can make walking difficult and painful, so taking care of your feet pays off in a big way! <br />(c)2008 IlluminAge Communication Partners<br />About Senior Helpers:<br />Senior Helpers provides many in-home, caregiving services for the elderly in Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Marietta, Douglasville, Smyrna, Newnan and surrounding areas. We offer extensive in-home health care services for seniors who embrace their independence and the personal dignity that goes with it. Our in-home health care services are provided by bonded and insured caregivers all of whom pass a national background check.<br />If a senior family member needs in-home care services in Fayette County GA, Coweta County GA, Cobb County GA, Douglas County GA or South Fulton County GA, we are an excellent choice with exemplary references. In-home care is the compassionate choice for your elderly loved ones' continued independent living. We promise we will do our best to make it a positive experience for them and you. For more information, please visit: http://seniorhelpers.com/location/1301.<br />