Foot Health Training Guide for Long-Term Care Personnel

By Arthur E. Helfand, D.P.M.

ISBN 978-1-932529-32-6
192 pages
6 x 9 papercover
© 2007

(3 customer reviews)


With practical information presented in easy-to-understand language, this training guide will improve the quality of foot care provided to older adults in long-term care settings. Frequently left undiagnosed and untreated, foot problems can result in pain, limited mobility, increased risk for falling, reduced levels of activity, and lower overall quality of life for residents.

Direct care staff can play a key role in improving this area of resident care. Here, they will learn to understand common foot problems, practice preventive foot care, and recognize conditions that require further treatment. Detailed information is provided on these important topics:

  • the structure and common problems of the foot
  • medical conditions that contribute to poor foot health (e.g., diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and neurological deficits)
  • proper assessment and examination of older adults’ feet
  • common nail and skin problems
  • muscular and skeletal conditions of the foot
  • preventive measures to avoid frequent complications, including pressure ulcers, falls, and amputation
  • uses of geriatric footwear

An educational booklet on foot care is provided for the use of long-term care residents and their families. Also included are a complete glossary of terms and a list of diagnostic codes and Medicare qualifications for common foot problems.

Appropriate for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, and other programs that care for older adults, this resource is useful as a teaching guide for in-service staff education or as a self-teaching tool.

Albert J. Finestone, M.D., M.Sc.


  1. Foot Health Care and Long-Term Care Facilities
  2. Improving Early Recognition of Foot Problems in the Long-Term Care Resident: Clinical Podogeriatric Assessment
  3. Identifying and Caring for Common Skin and Nail Problems in the Long-Term Care Resident
  4. Identifying and Caring for Musculoskeletal Problems in the Long-Term Care Resident
  5. Complication Involving the Vascular, Neurological, and Endocrine Systems
  6. Pressure Areas in the Feet
    Albert J. Finestone, M.D., M.Sc.
  7. Foot Health and Falls in the Long-Term Care Resident
    Roberta A. Newton, Ph.D., PT
  8. Basic Considerations for Geriatric Footwear
  9. A Guide to Foot Care for the Older Adult
  10. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Considerations for Geriatricians


Appendix: Comprehensive Podogeriatric Assessment and Chronic Disease Protocol


Foot Health Training Guide For Long-Term Care Personnel (Helfand excerpt) by HealthProPress

3 reviews for Foot Health Training Guide for Long-Term Care Personnel

  1. admin

    “a unique addition to the literature on foot health care for the geriatric population and public health. Foot Health Training Guide for Long-Term Care Personnel is a useful training and educational tool for nonpodiatric long-term care providers and should not be overlooked.”
    -Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association

  2. admin

    “[The book] should become a standard text in the nursing office of any long-term care facility.”
    -Martin C. Yorath, D.P.M., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Doody’s Review Service

  3. admin

    “The Foot Health Training Guide for Long-Term Care Personnel is a gem, providing much needed information that is often difficult to access … this book will be the benchmark and standard for nurses and clinicians who consider the health and well-being of the whole person residing in a nursing home.”
    -Neville E. Strumpf, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Director of the Center for Gerontological Nursing Science, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

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