Basic Foot and Nail Care in Aged Care



Foot issues are common in aged care, with approximately 1 in 4 older people being affected.

Feet health should not be overlooked. Foot health conditions can have severe implications, including:

  • Impaired mobility
  • Limited independence
  • Diminished quality of life

The fatty cushioning under our heels and balls of our feet thins and skin loses elasticity and strength as we age, making older adults more susceptible to foot damage.

On the more extreme end of foot complications are bone deformities, such as bunions and arthritis.

These deformities can implicate foot care and lead to an increase in falls.

Foot care tips:

  • Wash and dry feet (including between toes)
  • Check for problems such as cuts, bruises, blisters, swelling and pus
  • Moisture skin
  • Avoid over-the-counter corn cures
  • Ensure that shoes fit correctly
  • Change socks daily
  • Recommend a resident uses a hand mirror to check underneath their feet
  • Recommend an annual foot check by a podiatrist
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First Published21 January 2020
Updated21 January 2020
30 January 2026
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