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Importance of taking care of your feet

The Impact Of Taking Care Of Your Feet: Knee/Back, Pain And Balance For Seniors

As a senior citizen, your feet have endured years and years of strain. Remember as a child when you ran around with reckless abandon as you played with fellow kids, or the time your mom almost spanked you for running your little muddy feet across the living room just when she had mopped it squeaky clean? Your feet were all agile and you probably didn’t give much thought to it even as a teenager when you hit the club and danced the night away. Well, your lovely feet helped you live a life of fun. It is only natural that at this time in your life they will require extra tender, love and care.

So, what’s the impact of taking care of your feet?

There are a number of reasons why you need to take care of your feet as a senior citizen:

  • Knee pain – the pain in your knees may be as a result osteoarthritis, which is the gradual and progressive wear of the knee joint cartilage as it becomes less elastic; bursitis – inflammation of the bursae; tendinitis- inflammation of the tendons that join the muscles to the knee bones, among other reasons. While one cannot stop the natural process of aging, it is possible to make the process as pain-free as possible. For example, you can reduce the knee pain by ensuring that you wear comfortable shoes that cushion your feet adequately. A good shoe that will keep your feet happy should have a nice protective interior, a soft cushioning sole and an advanced insole that is not prone to let your feet sole slip and air pockets at the back that can handle the pressure put on it by the body weight. Lastly, ensure the shoes fit you just right.
  • Back pain - as one ages, deterioration of the spine is likely to happen. This is one of the causes of back pain. A good posture can help ease the back pain. As you guessed right, taking care of your feet will do just that. A good pair of shoes will help maintain the appropriate posture. Taking care of your feet should be a daily routine. This is how you take care of your feet:
  1. Cleanliness – ensure your feet are cleaned every day. You can wash them in the morning and in the evening. A mild soap and warm water will work just fine. After washing the feet, dry them thoroughly giving particular attention to the spaces in-between the toes and last moisturize them.
  2. Toe nails – keep the toe nails short by trimming them every so often. Ingrown and dirty toe nails will be a breeding ground for all manner of bacteria and fungi causing you infection and pain. This will ultimately alter your posture while walking and causes more back pain.
  • Blood circulation – your feet will only be happy if they are getting well oxygenated blood. To help blood flow better, wear socks without elastic at the top, moves your toes often and don’t keep the legs cross the legs for long periods of time.
  • Balance – Another reason you need to take care of feet is for balance. Things such as disease may affect your ability to maintain balance. Always ensure that your shoes fit you properly and they provide enough support along with fulfilling their purpose. For example some running shoes are designed to propel your forward which is great if your runner but not so much if your not. The right pair of shoes and well taken care of feet will come in handy to aid your walking and balance. 

Writing off Personal Training Fees

Now that its tax season I thought it would be appropriate to notify you of the possibility that you can write off your personal training fees. It is best to check on this with your personal accountant or tax advisor. EA FITNESS personnel are personal trainers not tax lawyers, CPA’s, or tax preparers. The rate limiting factor in determining if you will be able to write your personal training fees is dependent on if the services are deemed “medical expense deduction.”

If you meet this criteria, you can show that your time spent working with a certified personal trainer is a medical expense you pay to lose weight to treat a specific disease diagnosed by your physician (such as obesity, hypertension, or heart disease). This expense can include fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group as well as fees for attendance at periodic meetings. You cannot include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses. However, you can include separate fees charged for weight loss activities such as the personal training sessions or nutritional consultations conducted by a personal fitness trainer!

Typically the following steps need to be followed to write off your personal training fees:

  • Obtain an exercise prescription from your physician
  • Obtain documentation of all payments to EA FITNESS
  • Provide this information to your tax preparer

If you prepare your own taxes you may want to visit this IRS link for additional information: