Design, setting and participants
1. What foot self-care activities do older people perform?
- How do you care for your own feet?
- When do you care for your feet?
2. What factors are associated with performing foot self-care in older people?
- How do you manage with foot self-care?
- What motivates you to care for your own feet?
- What hampers caring for your own feet?
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N11: Well during wintertime skin dries out much more and heels become drier – you must moisturise them all the time.
During winter skin and heels are drier and moisturising is needed all the time
More foot cream in winter when skin is dry
More foot care during winter
Factors associated with foot self-care
R4: Well, unfortunately it is still quite modest, although it wouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes so I don’t understand why. Laziness.
(Foot care) is still modest; although it takes only fifteen minutes it’s laziness
Modest foot care because of laziness, even though time spent is minimal
Modest foot care because of laziness
Characteristics of the participants
Foot self-care activities
R8: well, self-care is applying foot cream after washing and cutting your nails. That’s all.
R3: I moisturise twice a week. I know I should do it more but I haven’t had any problems. You wake up when something happens.
R4: If you stay where you are, that’s where you’ll stay. I feel that you must move, even if it hurts a little.
R7: Isn’t it true that they say shoes should always be good, that you shouldn’t wear ill-fitting shoes? They’re not good for the feet.
Factors associated with foot self-care activities in older people
Changes in nail and skin structure
R6: It’s somehow hard. Nails get thicker when you age. Some sort of handy technique should be found for when scissors are not enough.
R9: Well doctors don’t, they should – take the feet into consideration, but it’s not considered nowadays. It should be that all parts of the body are checked.
Advice on foot self-care
R2: I could check on the Internet, but I don’t trust that kind of thing. I don’t trust it. There’s this and that – it must be something you can rely on.
R10: I wouldn’t ask for help, I would go to a specialist – as long as you can do something by yourself and there are experts it’s enough for me. But you never know when you get older.
R9: foot care is quite expensive nowadays. You can’t go there every day.
R4: Well, unfortunately foot care is still quite modest, although it wouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes. I don’t understand why. Laziness.R3: With these feet you just carry on until there’s a problem – then you have to be concerned.
R6: You don’t think when you’re younger. There are many good things that you don’t do. It didn’t even come to mind then. – It’s awful, but not much foot cream was used.