Aging Feet

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.

Keeping warm

Try to keep your feet as warm as possible, but make sure not keep them in front of the fire too long. Warm stockings or socks can help. Avoid anything too tight which can restrict your circulation or cramp your toes. Wearing-lined boots or shoes, or even an extra pair of socks will help to keep you warm, but do make sure your shoes aren’t tight as a result. Bed socks are also a good idea.

Choosing the best footwear

The older you get, the more you need a shoe which holds your foot firmly in place in order to provide adequate support. Throw out those ‘sloppy old favourites’ as they may make you unstable when you walk.

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.

Exercise

Exercise can help to keep feet healthy. It can tone up muscles, helps to strengthen arches and can stimulates blood circulation.

We can advise you on how to deal with aging feet, contact us.