Foot Health and Aging

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Older feet shouldn't mean painful feetfoot health and aging

As our feet grow older, they naturally develop more problems. But painful and uncomfortable feet are not a natural part of growing old, or something which we must just 'put up with'. Many older people believe it is normal for feet to hurt, and simply resign themselves to enduring foot problems which could be treated.

As we age, our feet tend to spread and lose the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet. If we are carrying extra weight, this can also affect the bone and ligament structure.

There are more than 300 different foot conditions and, for older people, most stem from the impact of years of use. There are simple things which older people can do to combat these issues:

  • Have feet measured for shoe size more frequently, rather than presuming that their shoe size remains constant. A shoe should hold your foot firmly in place and give adequate support – floppy old favourites should be thrown out
  • A shoe with a firm sole and a soft upper is best for daily activities
  • Walking is good general exercise for most people's feet
  • Pantyhose and stocking should be of the correct size and preferably free of seams
  • Avoid going barefoot, except at the beach
  • Never cut corns or callouses with a razor,pocket knife or other such instruments and
    don't use over-thecounter corn products as they may do more harm than good, unless they have been recommended by us
  • Do not wear tight garters as these can affect your circulation
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm (not hot) water, using a mild soap containing moisturisers, or moisturise separately
  • Trim or file your toenails so they are slightly curved just short of the end of the toe
  • Inspect your feet every day
  • Come visit us at least once a year or if you notice anything


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