Gift giving has been an essential part of holiday celebrations for many generations of people. Sometimes it can be challenging to find the perfect gift, even with all the online sales. This can be particularly true of the seniors in our lives because it often seems that they already have everything they could ever want or need. This year, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing some great gift ideas for the seniors in your life.
Senior feet require a lot of extra care for several reasons. When people get older, circulation drops, connective tissues and muscles weaken, bones thin, and people become more vulnerable to serious diseases – like diabetes - that affect the feet. Caring for their lower limbs helps prevent serious conditions from developing, and helps seniors maintain their ability to get around.
Here are some simple items that can help seniors properly care for their feet, and they also make great holiday gifts:
Socks: While children may not like receiving socks as presents, for a senior with diminished circulation, a good, thick pair can mean the difference between icy toes and comfort. Synthetic or woolen socks with moisture-wicking properties are the best choice because they help draw perspiration away from the skin.
Slippers: Slippers with supportive, thick soles are another great way to keep feet warm, especially for someone who lives with diabetes. Strong soles can help protect the feet if someone steps on something sharp around the home. And for diabetics, this is particularly important for helping prevent injuries like ulcers.
Pampering: There are also a lot of other gift ideas that don’t involve something they wear on their feet. It gets more challenging to keep skin soft and moisturized as people age, so a nice foot cream would be a great gift option. Footbath crystals for some pampering are another fun idea.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to wait for the holiday season if your senior loved ones really need foot care. Help them take care of them now and so they can stay strong on their feet throughout their golden years.
If you or your loved ones have any questions, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA will be happy to answer them. Contact us today at (806) 322-3338 to schedule a consultation.