Older feet naturally develop more problems because the skin tends to thin and lose its’ elasticity. Healing can take longer and wear and tear to the joints over the years may have caused some degree of arthritis.
Painful and uncomfortable feet however, are not a natural part of growing old or something to ‘put-up with’. Much can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility.
Keeping toenails cut and under control will help keep you mobile but you may need help with this from your chiropodist/podiatrist so why not contact us.
Look for shoes with uppers made of soft leather or a stretchy man-made fabric which is also breathable. Avoid plastic ‘easy clean’ uppers which do not allow air to circulate around the foot and are less likely to stretch to accommodate your foot shape.
Many shoes have cushioning or shock absorbing soles to give you extra comfort while walking. When buying shoes, ensure that you can put them on and take them off easily. Check that the heel is held firmly in place. A lace-up or velcro fastening shoe will give more support and comfort than a slip-on. Your shoes should be roomy enough, particularly, if you intend to wear them every day. Professional advice is to always wear shoes that fit properly. When buying new shoes, get your feet measured.
We can advise you on how to deal with aging feet, contact us.