Focus on Feet: Helping Older Patients Maintain Their Feet

by Sandra B. Fielo, RN, BC, EdD and Catherine Ratliff, RN, PhD, GNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN

Summary:
Age-related change, years of wear and tear, inadequate care, use of poorly fitting footwear, increased weight and body mass index and the prevalence of medical conditions that affect the feet may result in disability, decreased mobility, diminished function and loss of quality of life. Healthcare providers as a team can reduce these problems by providing a comprehensive assessment, daily foot care and patient education.

Objectives:
The goal of this continuing education program is to enhance nurses’ and occupational therapists’ ability to recognize and care for older patients who have minor problems with their feet. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:

  • Describe age-related changes in feet
  • Differentiate minor problems in feet from those requiring expert intervention
  • Teach self-care practices as a health promotion strategy for healthy feet

This course is being offered for FREE until midnight EDT of 10/31/13.

Click here to take this free course for Occupational Therapists.

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