Foot Care: The Footnoters Program
The Footnoters program, offered by Community Health Improvement at The University of Vermont Medical Center, provides proper foot care to those who find doing their own foot care challenging. Nurse volunteers provide general foot care, toenail clipping, skin assessments and education to groups of seniors, the disabled, those diagnosed with diabetes, and those on blood thinners. The program is free, but donations are welcome.
Arthritis>, limited hand strength and can make it difficult to practice good foot care. People with circulatory issues or are especially prone to foot problems. Lack of good foot care can lead to infection, the inability to wear shoes comfortably, walk and exercise. Foot problems can also affect balance. Good foot care is essential for personal health and the health of the community.
Practicing good foot care involves just a few steps:
- Look at your feet. Inspect your feet with a mirror. Look for cuts, bruises and blisters. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet several times a week.
- Wear shoes that fit. Shoe size may change with age, so have your feet measured, and try on the shoes before buying them.
- Keep your feet dry. Make sure to dry your feet completely after showering or soaking. Having moist feet can cause fungus to grow, which can lead to peeling, sore skin and thick toenails.
- Contact your health care provider or podiatrist if you have concerns.
Foot care is available at different senior centers, residence sites and other community buildings in Chittenden County. Most clinics are held every six weeks.
For more information or to be placed on the waiting list for the program, call Martha McAuliffe, RN, at 802-847-1624, or send an email to Martha [dot] McAuliffeuvmhealth [dot] org.