Aging and Foot Health
As you age, your feet are at a higher risk for problems and pain becomes more common. With age, feet start to lose the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet which causes a number of problems – particularly for those who may be carrying extra weight. It’s common to resign yourself to the fact that foot pain is normal and many foot conditions are caused by the years of wear and tear that comes with age. It doesn’t need to be this way. There are foot care and prevention strategies you can use to keep your feet healthy and pain-free.
Buying the Right Shoes
Properly fitting, supportive shoes are particularly important as you age as they provide needed support and help to guard against injury. It’s also important to have your feet measured when purchasing new shoes as shoe size changes as you get older. Look for a firm sole and soft upper.
General Foot Health Tips
- – Walking is one of the best activities for your health. Aim to walk for 30 minutes a day
- – Trim and file your toenails so they are slightly curved and not too short
- – Never cut corns or calluses with a razor or knife
- – Don’t use over-the-counter corn products, unless recommended by a Podiatrist
- – Make sure socks or stocking aren’t too tight as this can impact circulation
- – Inspect your feely regularly for redness, cracks, or sores.
- – See a Podiatrist annually to prevent potential issues and keep your feet in good health
- – Consider orthotics if you are experiencing any foot pain issues – they can help to correct biomechanical and gait issues that add abnormal strain on your feet
Mirrors of Health
The condition of your feet can often provide early indication of other health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory issues. Look out for issues such as dry skin, burning or tingling, brittle nails, numbnes, discoloration. These could be indications of underlying conditions that should be examined.