New Questions:
1. What should be noted when choosing shoes for the elderly? Published at:2012-08-25
The fat layer of elderly’s foot bottom is relatively thin and the shock absorption is poor. Therefore, it is recommended to choose shoes that come with insole. Besides, the elderly is poor in balancing. It is important to choose anti-slippery shoes. Please note: The bottom of new shoes has a layer of “mold release agent” which makes the shoe bottom little bit slippery in early stage. Therefore, it is recommended to walk on road (such as concrete road) with the new shoes to help getting rid of the agent and enhance anti-slippery.
2. Are cloth shoes unhealthy? Published at:2012-08-25
When the elderly look for shoes, they should first check if the shoes have shock absorption such as softness of insoles. In addition, it is recommended to choose shoes with heels of 0.5-1 inch height and avoid wearing flat bottom shoes or cloth shoes because the material used in this kind of shoes is too soft. It will reduce foot protection. At the same time, shoes with relatively thin bottom and insufficient height will increase pressure at heel which can easily cause heel pain and fatigue.
3. How should we deal with hallux valgus? Published at:2012-08-25
People with hallux valgus should wear shoes with wider head and with more elasticity. Besides, they can use toe separator when walking to reduce the deterioration of hallux valgus. If the situation is severe, please consult your doctor.
4. If both feet often have edema, what kinds of shoes are more suitable? Published at:2012-08-25
The blood circulation of elderly is poor and their feet swell easily. They can wear shoes made of soft and elastic material. But they cannot be too loose and should match with their foot shape. If the shoes are too tight, it will cause foot redness and discomfort. It is recommended to choose shoes that can be adjusted (such as those with magic straps or shoelaces).
5. Is it healthy to climb stairs? Published at:2012-08-25
It is no doubt that climbing stairs is a good practice which can promote blood circulation and control body weight. But if there are problems with the knee joint or insufficient strength at leg, try to avoid climbing stairs because the knee must bend when climbing stairs and the pressure received on knees is larger than walking on the ground. It will easily wear the knee joint and cause knee pain. It is recommended that elderly should walk on the ground instead.
6. What should the diabetic pay attention to when buying shoes? Published at:2012-08-25
The diabetic usually have poor blood circulation and foot sensation, they should choose shoes with sufficient space and the shoe shape that matches their foot(such as shoe surface made of elastic material) when buying shoes. The inside design is also important. A seamless inside can reduce the friction between foot and shoe. The use of soft insole can increase comfort. Besides, it is recommended that the patients should perform self-examination of their feet regularly, keep both feet dry and avoid getting wound and bacterial infection.
7. Are there any foot care tips for the diabetes patients? Published at:2012-08-25
Because diabetes patients have poor circulation, their wounds are more difficult to heal than that of normal people. Therefore, they should check daily if their feet have wounds. For foot bottom which they fail to see properly, they could use mirror to reflect the condition of foot bottom. The earlier the wounds are found, the easier they can be treated. In addition, for those who have significant foot sweat we do not recommend the use of body / foot powder because there is high possibility of blocking the pores.
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