Time definitely takes a toll on all of us. As years go by, our feet seem to be affected by the pressure of our footwear, our body weight, playful activities, sports, and, age-related issues such as circulation problems. These problems can affect our lower extremities and our capacity to walk and stand. Sometimes feet problems would also cause spinal problems and even breathing problems. That’s why it is smart to visit a foot specialist, an orthopedist or podiatrist who can diagnose and carefully treat our lower limbs before the problem grows bigger.
Circulatory problems, osteoarticular wear or erosion, and even locomotion problems that come with aging may result in structural and dermic alterations occurring in our foot. These conditions can cause calluses and deformities in our toes.
There are many other age-related changes that would impact our feet health, such as losing fat in the metatarsus areas (the pads under your toes) and your ankles. Since they are the natural cushions of your feet, this can cause callosities and arthritic lesions in your toes as they rub against each other and against your footwear.
Nails may become thicker and harder as well, and sometimes we have to face muscle atrophy in the arch of the foot, or flattening of the foot’s sole. All of these changes might cause difficulty to walk or move, and even something as simple as shifting the weight off your feet might become challenging as we age, thus affecting motion and speed.
Additionally, we should consider that as we grow older, we tend to build up a bad alignment in their spine, knees, and hips areas. These problems can result in making weight distribution uneven and disproportionate, which leads to pain in the joints and feet, with loss of motion and growing disability that might change your whole lifestyle and daily activities.
To counter the effects of aging in your feet, and to treat them properly, you may want to prevent problems beforehand by following these four simple recommendations:
1. Use comfortable and flexible footwear, one that allows you to walk comfortably. Do your best to avoid narrow/tight shoes and high heels, especially if you already have feet problems. Proper footwear might be a bit more expensive, although expensive shoes are not necessarily good ones, so choose smartly.
2. Check out your feet daily for wounds or blisters. Washing every day, especially between your toes, is also necessary to prevent fungal infection. This is especially important if you have diabetes or any circulatory condition.
3. Treating and cutting your nails properly. Professional aid is necessary in case of an ingrown nail or any other similar issue.
4. Visit a specialist in order to prevent any problem, especially if you already have one. Don’t wait too long before getting your feet examined by a specialist, so they can be treated as soon as possible to avoiding complications and even worse problems in the future.