Washing your feet when you can’t reach them

Washing your feet when you can’t reach them

 Getting older often means having reduced mobility and flexibility which makes washing your feet when you can’t reach them difficult. This is not only something reserved for elderly people though. People with back or hip issues, people who are pregnant or generally all overweight – may need a helping hand!

This post has some clever ideas for washing your feet when you cant reach them.

Regularly washing your feet is important for good hygiene but did you know it also helps increase circulation? This is especially important to anyone who has diabetes. Monitoring the condition of their feet and checking for any early signs of weakness or damage is essential. Many people choose to go to a podiatrist or chiropodist to keep their feet in good condition.

Foot Baths.

 The Grecians introduced the first foot baths in the second millennium BC. These spas promoted healing using therapeutic water to relieve fatigue and improve health.
Nowadays electric foot spas are commonplace and an affordable alternative to a beauty salon. Working on the same principle they are relaxing whilst promoting health benefits. Warm bubbles and a gentle massage not only relax and soothe they can also help promote better circulation, reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure.
this image shows a pink Revlon electric foot spa. Other brands do exist
Foot spas like these are ideal if you are able to bend and fill them independently. For safety reasons, I would always recommend taking the water to the spa. Filling and carrying it might be unsafe for someone elderly. These are ideal if you have someone such as a carer or relative who can help you with them and they do offer the ultimate in comfort and relaxation.

There are lots of alternatives. This image shows a pale grey foot scrubber. It has soft rubber bristles that you add shower gel to and rub your feet over it to wash themThe grey foot scrubber is comprised of soft bristles. You place it in the shower or bath with soap or shower gel and rub your feet over it to wash them. This is a cheaper alternative and ideal if you have a shower seat or stool. This also helps relieve fatigue and stimulates improved circulation. This clever little mat can also be attached to a shower wall and used to wash your back. The foot scrubber has 128 suction cups ensuring good adhesion to the shower tray. The beauty with this is the portability, easy to take with you if you go away. At £10.99 it is also very competitively priced.

Time to dry!

It is all good and well-finding solutions to washing your feet but what about drying them? It is important to dry between your toes to reduce the likelihood of fungal infections such as Athletes Foot.

The toe towel is a good solution and comes with 2 spare covers so you can always have a clean one whilst others are in the wash. This was designed by a Podiatrist with 30 year’s experience caring for peoples feet. Now you can wash and dry your feet safely maintaining hygiene independently.

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This image shows a gadget to help dry between your toes when you cant reach.It is a long handled tool with a soft towelling bag at the end

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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