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When Is it Time to Call Your Loved One's Doctor about Her Foot Health?

By Vicki and Brian Day

Home Care in Wind Gap PA

If you're not sure when you should contact your loved one's doctor about her foot issues, the following suggestions might be helpful to you. Keep in mind that it's always better to err on the side of caution.

She Has Reduced Sensation in Her Feet

If your loved one mentions that she's not noticing the same sensations in her feet that she once did, there may be something going on. This could happen when you touch your loved one's feet and they're cold to the touch, but she doesn't realize that they're cold. Your loved one might also have decreased feeling when you're touching her feet at all.

She Has Injuries that Aren't Healing

One of the reasons that it's a good idea to check your loved one's feet for injuries daily is so that you can track how quickly they heal. If a cut or a bruise is taking longer than usual to heal, this can be an indication that there is something wrong and that you should contact your loved one's doctor.

She's Having Odd Sensations in Her Feet

Any unusual sensations are something that your loved one's doctor needs to know about. These kinds of sensations could be described as tingling, numbness, or even simply pain or cramping. Having these types of feelings could be a sign of nerve problems or a sign of something else. Regardless, it's important to have the situation checked out.

She's Experiencing Pain When She's Walking

Your loved one shouldn't be in pain from simply walking, especially if she's only walking around her home. Pay attention to signs that your loved one might be in pain, such as hobbling, limping, shuffling her feet, or even avoiding walking completely. These are all signs that something is going on.

Something Just Doesn't Seem Right

Finally, trust your own intuition. If something seems like it just isn't right, then you're probably on the right track. Being your loved one's caregiver means that sometimes you may not know exactly what is wrong, just that something is wrong.

Let your loved one's home care providers know what her doctor says so that you can keep everyone on the same page when it comes to caring for your loved one's feet.

Resources
http://www.thefootanklecenter.com/blog/post/how-do-you-know-when-to-call-the-foot-doctor.html
https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/foot-care.html

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