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Changes to Your Feet as You Age

As people age, the body undergoes numerous changes, and changes to the feet are no exception. First, the skin becomes thinner, and you may notice joint pain you never had before from simple wear and tear. In addition, the muscles become weaker and less resilient. All this adds up to not being able to do many of the things that you used to do, or doing them more slowly and for shorter periods of time. Added to simply aging, certain conditions such as neuropathy, circulatory issues, and swelling of the feet (edema) may bring additional pain and increase the risk of injury or falling. The bones also begin to lose density, adding to the risk of fractures, especially in post-menopausal women. The fat pads in the heels and soles of the feet diminish, which may lead to such painful conditions as plantar fasciitis. Arthritis, an inflammation of the joints, may develop, causing more pain. Ways to stave off some of the effects of aging feet include finding footwear that fits properly and provides extra cushioning. Also, it is thought that foot and toe stretches help to keep the blood circulating and prevent swelling. Keeping your feet clean, dry, and moisturized can help you avoid infections. And watching your weight is important, as extra weight increases the load your feet have to support each time you take a step. For more information on taking care of your feet during your older years, please consult a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Gerald McCool, DPM from McCool Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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