Take charge! Give your parents feet a pedicure treat.

Older people often put off, neglect or unable to cut their toenails, let alone getting a pedicure. This sometimes makes a minor issue become a major problem over time. A good professional pedicure for your elderly parents or seniors should bring any problems out in the open so they can be addressed or treated before getting any worse. There are many benefits that your parents will gain from a pedicure.

A pedicure should help your elderly parents to:

  • Maintain good foot hygiene
  • Socialize
  • Relax
  • Eliminate foot odor
  • Correct minor foot and toenail issues
  • Prevent infections
  • Exfoliate and moisturize
  • Increase circulation
  • Detect diseases or disorders early

Maintaining good foot hygiene:

Everybody needs to trim his or her toenails regularly. For the elderly, it is sometimes impossible for them to bend down and reach their toes because of their limited hand and feet flexibility. If your parents are in this age category and need to keep up the overall well being of their feet, they need pedicures more than any other age group. For them, it is not a luxury but rather a necessity.

Besides the fact that it is difficult to bend over trying to reach their toenails, bad eye sights further inhibit them from cutting their own toenails.

Regular pedicure services will maintain great overall foot hygiene for your beloved parents.

Social connection:

When your older parents can not drive themselves to go wherever they want anymore, they are confined in their house. This usually makes them sad because they can no longer do things that they used to do before.

When you take your parents out for a pedicure, two great things happen to them. In addition to having their feet pampered, sitting for a pedicure at a salon gives them a chance to socialize and interact with other people. This helps to boost their happiness and ease the feeling of being isolated in their own house.


The whole pedicure session will give your parents a relaxing experience that no other personal services can. Foot soaking, toenail trimming, callus removal, exfoliation, and a foot massage will give your parents a unique pampering experience. All they need to do is sit back comfortably and enjoy.

For your mother, she is happy that she can enjoy a service that she used to have when she able to drive herself.

For your fathers, he could be happy to enjoy the service that he might never have before: someone is taking care of his feet.

Eliminate foot odor:

Regular removal of dead skin, sweat, and trimmed toenails will reduce chances for odor-causing bacteria to develop.

Old people tend to neglect to take care of their feet because they can not reach their feet and toenails due to limited hand and feet motion. Excessive sweat on the feet, dead skin that is not removed often will develop odor-causing bacteria.

Pedicure salt, soap and gentle scrubbing at a salon will help resolve the foot odor issue.

Correct minor foot and toenail issues before they become major ones:

A pedicurist can work on thick skin, callouses, corns, bruises, long toenails to remove all the minor issues that cause pains. Not only toe and foot pains will hurt your parents as they walk, but they will also cause unnecessary strains on the feet, ankles, knees, hips and up to the spine.

Toe and foot pains are not normal and if these issues are so severe that the pedicurist can not work on them, your parents should visit a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Prevent infections:

A pedicurist will be able to trim and remove all the dead skin builds up under the toenails and clean and remove excess cuticles, thoroughly scrubbing away all the dead skin on the feet, between the toes. There will eliminate all bacteria or fungus that causes infections.

Before doing anything, a pedicurist will do a visual check for signs of abnormalities or infections. They can be a cut, open sores, blisters, cracked skins or discolored nails. If any of these conditions are visible, the pedicurist will be able to inform your parents so they can visit a podiatrist for treatment.

Exfoliate and moisturize the feet:

In this step, more dead skin is removed and with the application of a good moisturizer, dry skin of their feet will receive much-needed nutrients. They also help to promote new cell growth so their feet will maintain their softness, and keep the good look longer.

Moreover, softer feet will reduce the chance of cracks or skin splitting on the heels so infection is avoided.

Increase lower leg circulation:

As we age, our blood circulation to the feet is reduced.

High blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes, etc. can even reduce blood flow to the legs and feet.

If your parents have any of those existing conditions, it is essential to keep their feet and toenails in good health. Regular pedicures will help maintain their feet well-being and a pedicurist can also determine if any problems arise and inform you or your parents promptly.

Also, a foot massage associated with a pedicure also helps reduces tensions on the feet. The rubbing motion will increase blood flow and relax all the old joints and ligaments. Increase blood flow will carry more nutrients to those tissues and muscles in the feet and improve their health.

According to the American Pediatric Medical Association, most of us in the U.S. walk about 75,000 miles by the time we reach 50 years old, carrying our body weight around all those years. As for your parents, there is a lot of wear and tear on the lower part of their body, especially toes, feet, and ankles. Regular pedicures for them will help maintain their toes and feet in good conditions so they can enjoy their health and independence longer.

Early detection of diseases and disorders:

An experienced pedicurist should be able to tell by just looking at a senior’s feet that whether his/her feet have any issues related or caused by any of the following:

Heart diseases, diabetic, arthritis, high blood pressure, athlete’s foot, corn and callouses, psoriasis, excessive sweating of the feet, toenails fungus, ingrown toenails, among other things 

He or she can decide whether a pedicure can safely be done at a salon. If not, the client is advised to see a podiatrist.

Things to do after a pedicure:

After the pedicure is done, if it is possible, take your parents to a quick lunch at their favorite restaurant. This will end their pedicure day on an even more positive note.

In-home pedicure for elderly parents:

If your parents are homebound, they can get pedicure through mobile pedicure services. These services are provided either by nail salons, independent mobile manicurists or companies that specialize in in-home nail care services.

You can contact any of these establishments and ask if they provide service to your area. Do check for credibility and references if there are any. Once you decide on who will come to the house to give you parents a pedicure, plan to be there with them so you can help answer any questions the pedicurist may have or if there is anything she needs to inform you.

Should you give your elderly parents a pedicure?

If you are not intimidated by the thought of giving a pedicure to your parents, do so only if their feet are in good health and are in good condition.

If you can tell from looking at your parents’ feet that they need major work, leave it to a licensed professional. They know what to do and have the right tools for a tough job.


Foot care for elderly parents is an important part of their overall health. As their child and possibly their caregiver, you should pay attention to their feet and give those feet adequate care regularly. The more mobile they are, the less effort you will need to assist them. Your parents may not be able to walk normally because of something as simple as corn, thick callus or an ingrown toenail. So, keep an eye on your parents’ feet and toenails to make sure they are in good condition and have them treated as soon as any problem arises.

Healthy feet equal happy feet.

Your parents will deeply appreciate the fact they are lucky to have you.

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