With age, many people experience changes in their feet and their ability to care for there own feet. This may include a change in foot shape, a loss of the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet, thinner, drier skin, and brittle nails. You could even develop arthritis and pain.
As the feet change, they naturally develop more problems. But aching feet are not a natural part of ageing, or something that should be tolerated or considered normal. There are many things you can do now to prevent foot problems as your feet (and you) age. You can help relieve pain, improve comfort and keep the spring in your step.
Taking good care of your feet has many benefits, including increasing your comfort, limiting the possibility of additional health issues, and keeping you active and mobile. The following tips can help keep feet feeling and looking their best into the Golden Years-Hopefully not the Rusty Years!
- Choose proper-fitting shoes with adequate support, a firm sole and a soft upper for your everyday activities.
- Killer Shoes for Killer occasions-- not for the supermarket!
- Walk—it’s the best exercise for your feet.
- Avoid going barefoot, yes even in the house, average people do thousands of steps a day in their homes.
- Never cut corns or calluses on your own, we recommend the use of a specific buffing pad that is effective and safe- even for diabetic patients.
- Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap, make sure you wash and DRY between your toes.
- Moisturize daily- but not between your toes.
- Trim and file toenails straight across.
- If you have any peeling or suspect any athlethes foot or nail fungus it is important to have it treated.
- Inspect your feet daily. If you notice redness, cracks in the skin or strange sores, please consult us.
- Have your feet examined at least once a year.
There are literally hundreds of different foot ailments. Some are inherited, but for older folks most foot conditions stem from the impact of years of wear and tear. The good news is that even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully.
Never ignore the natural changes that aging brings. Since feet are referred to as the “mirror of health,” podiatrists are often the first to identify signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. Regular visits can help prevent foot problems and alleviate pain to keep you active for life.
Advanced Foot and Ankle