Gift-giving has been a fundamental part of holiday celebrations for generations. But sometimes, it can be difficult to find that perfect gift, especially for the seniors in our lives. It seems like they have everything they could ever want or need. This year, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, has some ideas for gifts for seniors that can improve their foot health.
As we age, our feet need a lot of care for several reasons. Muscles and connective tissues weaken, circulation decreases, bones thin out, and seniors become more prone to serious diseases that affect the feet, such as diabetes. Caring for the lower limbs helps avoid serious problems from developing and helps seniors maintain their mobility, which is very important to many.
There are some simple foot-healthy items that make great holiday gifts.
- Socks: While children may hate getting socks as holiday presents, for a senior who suffers from poor circulation, they can mean the difference between cold toes and comfy feet. Synthetic or woolen socks that wick away moisture are the best choice because they take the perspiration away from your skin.
- Slippers: Slippers that have thick, supportive soles can keep feet warm, especially for someone living with diabetes. Sturdy soles can protect your feet if you step on something sharp. For diabetics, this is crucial for preventing injuries.
- Lotion: As people get older, it becomes more difficult to keep skin moisturized, so a nice, moisturizing foot cream can be a very thoughtful gift. Bath crystals to pamper their feet are another great idea.
If your senior loved ones are in need of better foot care, you don’t have to wait for the holidays. Help them care for their lower limbs now so they can stay strong on their feet in their golden years.
Dr. Hubert Lee and his team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, can help the seniors in your life maintain proper foot care to keep them on their feet for as long as possible. If it’s time for a visit, you can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.