Staying healthy

13. Foot care

Healthy feet are essential if the person with dementia is to remain mobile and active. The following tips should help.

  • Make sure the person is wearing well-fitting shoes - although slippers are comfortable, they should not be worn for more than a few hours at a time, as they don't offer enough support.
  • Address problems such as corns or ingrown toenails by consulting a chiropodist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (see 'Other useful organisations'). Make sure the person's feet are kept clean and dry, with toenails cut short. A chiropodist can help with cutting toenails if you find it difficult.
  • Contact the GP in case of other problems - for example, if any part of the foot becomes swollen or painful, or if the skin changes colour.