As we age, we naturally develop more problems with our feet due to normal daily wear and tear of joints.
What problems are associated with ageing feet?
As we age, we naturally develop more problems with our feet due to normal daily wear and tear of joints, but also because the skin starts to become thin and loses its elasticity, as well as being dry and much more fragile.
Foot pain can be debilitating. As we only have one pair of feet, it’s important to take good care of them. Foot pain can also lead to issues with walking and exercising, which are an important part of health and wellbeing as we age. Additionally, if we have trouble with mobility, this can impact on getting out and about and involvement in social activities, which become ever more important as we get older. As long as we take routine care of our feet, serious problems can usually be avoided. However, ageing can also mean that we develop other conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, which in some cases can affect the foot and lead to requiring treatment. Healing may also take longer.
What are the signs of ageing feet?
Feet can start to show signs of ageing at any age if good routine foot care is not practised, but generally it is most common from your fifties onwards.
General signs of ageing feet include more regular aches and pains, developing bunions, signs of clawing of the toes along with general circulatory problems.
What can I do to reduce the effects of ageing?
Pain and uncomfortable feet aren’t a natural part of growing old or something to ‘put up with’. A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility.
What are the treatments?
Treatments depend on which particular condition you are suffering from, e.g. bunions, and therefore the best advice is to visit your local podiatrist if your foot care routine is not alleviating the symptoms.
When should I see a podiatrist?
As we get older, an annual foot health check is as important as a sight or hearing test. Conditions like diabetes or circulatory problems can all be picked up by looking at the feet, and common problems like corns, cracked skin and ingrown toenails can be successfully treated.
If you experience any foot care issues that do not resolve themselves naturally or through routine foot care within three weeks, it is recommended to seek the help of a healthcare professional.