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Hands and feet are also known as the Upper and lower extremities.

These parts of the body are as important as the brain, in my opinion!

As age manifest itself on the human body, immediate care becomes a priority.

Suggested Care

Some important function of the feet is mobility, having the ability to move the body around.

They absorbs shocks during running, jumping, walking, as well as distributing body weight. The heel bone helps support the longitudinal foot arch.

Future reading: (https://www.britannica.com/science/foot)

 

Tips for maintaining foot and hand care:

Important: Patient’s toe nails may only be cut by a podiatrist

Feet and nails should be inspected regularly, preferably in the morning before morning care.

A light massage may be done to encourage circulation, using the appropriate cream or lotion. (before getting out of bed)

Range of motion is also essential first thing in the morning.

Wash feet daily with warm, mild soapy water.

Feet and toes must be dried thoroughly……

Powder is not recommended, unless prescribed by podiatrist

Always use a light moisturizer to protect legs from dryness and chapps, cracks, flakes and itches.

Always allow the patient to wear the correct shoes.

These may be prescribed by the client’s podiatrist.

Encourage cotton socks, unless otherwise prescribed

At bedtime patient’s feet may be relieved from socks and a comfortable sleepwear be put on instead.

Elevate as needed, or as prescribed.

Encourage patient to sit with an uncrossed leg, especially if he or she is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Encourage ambulation

It is also extremely important that patient/client remains comfortable at all times, during activities or rest periods!


Hands and Nails

Helpful care tips:

Hands and nails are a bit easier to maintain, however be on the lookout for, cracked, chipped or excessively long nails.

Nails may be kept at a decent length

Cleaned and maintained as needed

Paints may or may not be necessarily…….only as patients/client preference

Examine for tight rings and other jewelry……..remove if necessary

Hands should be washed regularly, dried and moisturized

Arthritis and swelling of hands joints are common among seniors, therefore all treatments must be done according to doctor's prescription

Use only only ointments and creams that is prescribed, to gently massage and care for fingers.

Apply splints as prescribed

Encourage hand exercises as recommended by Physical Therapist

Range of motion will encourage circulation and flexibility……..do it!.........also as recommended by Physical Therapist.

Common Joint Problems

Source / http://www.verywellhealth.com/finger

(Finger Arthritis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment - Verywell Health)

Dealing with joint pain can cause major disruptions to your day. ... The most frequently affected joints in the hand are the knuckles of the mid-finger and fingertip (the PIP and DIP joints) and the joint at the base of the thumb. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis causes a different type of joint destruction.Sep 17, 2018

Remember, healthy feet and fingers are one of the hallmark of great health and longevity!

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