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Taking care of your feet with physical disabilities

Using specially tailored products

Thanks to modern technology, there are several new, effective options for people with disabilities who suffer from poor foot health. Start with footwear designed for comfort and support. This can mean wearing specially designed orthopedic shoes, or regular shoes with built-in support. Additionally, you may want to investigate foot baths or easily accessible bathtubs, which make keeping your feet clean much easier.

Exercising regularly

Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain healthy feet. Even if you cannot walk, find exercises and simple stretches that work for you. For example, place a therapeutic rubber exercise band around your knees or feet while seated. Bring your knees or feet as far apart as possible, and hold them in that position for between five and 20 seconds. This increases blood flow to your feet and legs while stretching your muscles. If you are ambulatory, a treadmill or exercise bike may be a good choice. Ask a doctor or physical therapist for recommendations.

Remembering toenails

Certain disabilities put you more at risk for toenail problems, such as pain, corns and calluses, blisters, and bruises. The best way to prevent these conditions from developing is to keep your toes and toenails clean, which can be a difficult task if your hands, fingers, or motor skills are affected. Invest in toenail clippers with a magnifier, long-handled toenail scissors, and foot cream or powder to make the job less challenging.

Resting your feet

Finally, give your feet the rest they deserve. Many disabilities can make it difficult for you to walk short distances or stay on your feet for too long. If you fall into this category, stay cognizant. Sit down when needed. If your job requires being on your feet, request reasonable accommodations. Do not overdo exercise; your doctor can tell you how much is enough.

Do you have one or more physical disabilities and need help managing your foot health? The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists can determine the source of your problem, and recommend treatments that can get you back on your feet. Call us at (913) 338-4440 or contact us online to learn more about our foot health services and treatments.