Elder Care Tempe AZ
Everyone knows what it is like to wear a pair of new shoes on a bit too extensive of a walk or to be particularly active during the day and find that they have blisters on their feet. If you do this regularly, the blisters can turn into corns or calluses. These thickened, hardened areas of skin are your body’s way of protecting your skin from repeated exposure to friction, heat, or pressure. The purpose of these is to prevent the areas from turning into open wounds that could create a major infection risk, but they can be very uncomfortable. If corns have become a part of your elder care efforts for your parents, especially if they have diabetes or another medical condition that impacts the nerves of their feet, it is extremely important that you know how to handle them properly so that they do not become uncomfortable or even dangerous.
Common symptoms of corns and calluses include:
- Flaky or dry skin
- A hardened bump on the skin
- A roughened area on the skin
- A thickened area of skin
- Pain or tenderness in areas that are frequently subjected to pressure or friction
It is important to remember that corns and calluses are similar, but not exactly the same thing. Whereas calluses are usually not painful in any way and can be quite large as they develop on the feet or hands, corns are smaller and can be extremely painful when touched or pressed.
If your parents do not have diabetes, poor circulation, or other similar medical conditions, some of the ways that you and your parents’ home care services provider can help to reduce the discomfort of these issues and prevent them from worsening include:
- Utilize an over the counter or prescription medication used to remove the corn or callus.
- Use a pumice stone or nail file to carefully smooth away the dead skin on top and apply a thick layer of high quality moisturizer to soften the skin.
- Add shoe inserts or insoles to make shoes fit better so that the friction and pressure is not as intense on the areas of the feet affected by the problems.
- Use antibiotic creams to reduce the risk of infection, particularly if the area is irritated and after using a pumice stone or file.
If your parents do suffer from these medical conditions or they are not gaining enough results from their home self-care methods, get in touch with their doctor for a careful evaluation and proper treatment. This may include stronger prescription forms of the medication as well as medications to further reduce infection risk. In serious situations and for seniors who have diabetes and other potentially risk conditions, the doctor might cut away the excess thickened skin. It is very important that you do not attempt this on your own or allow your parents to attempt it themselves as this could lead to serious injury and the potential for infection and illness, especially for those with conditions that compromise nerve function.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Tempe, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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