Feet often take a beating in American culture. Many Americans spend years working each day standing on their feet, or cramming toes into uncomfortable shoes for work. While some do indulge in getting regular pedicures, which remove dead skin and calluses, clip and shape toenails properly, and provide a deep clean, it can be difficult to do so from a financial standpoint. As we age and skin loses its thickness and elasticity, it can become even harder to avoid blisters, foot infections, and other uncomfortable foot conditions. Foot health can also be affected by a loss of mobility (particularly when a person cannot bend or perform fine motor movements any more). Lower visibility caused by poor eyesight can affect how well a person takes care of his or her feet also. Keeping elders’ feet healthy can be a daunting task for caregivers. Many people feel embarrassed if they cannot cut their own toenails or check their own feet for cracks and may resist caregivers’ efforts to do so. Still more people do not like touching other people’s feet, whether or not they are clean, so the caregiver may have some resistance too. Some caregivers might not understand the basics of foot care. If it falls to you to care for the feet of an elderly person, keep in mind a few simple guidelines to make your foot health efforts more effective.