Pope Demonstrates Humility in Washing Feet of the Elderly
Pope Francis is widely known for having a particular affection for the population of elderly folk he greets. He often states that the world usually prefers to, “…hide physical frailty.”
Well, this time next week, the Pope will be backing up his words with deeds as he washes the feet of the elderly and disabled residents of Centro Santa Maria dell Provvidenza Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi home.
The ritual is part and parcel of Maundy Thursday, an act that references the event in which Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to demonstrate his humility.
The good news is that you don’t have to be the Pope to take care of your feet. If you or someone you know needs expert foot care, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, DPM of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will assess your injury or foot and ankle concerns.
The Elderly and their Feet
As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.
Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.
Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
· Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
· Shoes that don’t fit properly
· Pressure sores
· Loss of circulation in legs & feet
· Edema & swelling of feet and ankles
· Injuries left unnoticed
· Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected
· Stepping on sharp objects, without notice can increase pain
Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.
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