Due to metabolic and circulatory issues, the skin becomes thin and fragile leaving it very susceptible to injury and infection. The skin on the feet often becomes dry and rough making them susceptible to infection through micro-lesions. Corns and calluses may be prevalent on pressure points causing discomfort and possibly pain when walking. Loss of fat pads on the ball of the foot is typical with aging feet potentially causing pain. Nails frequently become dark and thickened and often have onychomycosis with separation of the nail plate from the nail bed.
PEDICURING THE SENIOR OR GERIATRIC CLIENT:
Complete a thorough skin and nail assessment before starting the pedicure
Gently cleanse the foot for 3-5 minutes in warm, not hot water using the Foot Soak
Pay attention to the skin between and under the toes
Take care when moving the ankle and toe joints so as not to push beyond their range of motion
Use Softener before working on calluses and nails
Take care when trimming nails and when skin is fragile. Reduce thick nails with an electric file for comfort
Gently clean the nail groove and free edge
Use a mousse product for a gentle foot massage and hydrating the skin
When massaging the leg, use Massage Formula and gentle effleurage working upwards towards the knee
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