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September is Healthy Aging Month when nationwide we dedicate ourselves to empowering older adults. As we age our feet, just like the rest of our body, can go through various changes. Here are some important things to know about how aging can affect your feet.
Your feet age along with the rest of your body, here are some things you can expect:
Foot issues become more common as you get older. Many issues you never had to deal with in youth may become pressing concerns as you age. Bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, fungal infections, corns, and many other ailments are common.
Loss of fat in your feet. As you age the fat deposits under your feet can become reduced. This fatty deposit will act to absorb shocks as you walk, and the less you have the more your feet will feel the impact. This can cause pain and discomfort. You can see your podiatrist about getting custom orthotics to add cushioning to your shoes.
Blood flow to your feet can become compromised. This may happen due to diabetes, blood clots, smoking, or several other causes. Massaging your feet daily can help increase circulation as well as staying active.
Falls and trips become more common. People over 65 tend to experience more falls than younger persons. Using a cane can help stabilize balance.
Numerous other issues can occur as we age as well. It’s always best to visit an experienced professional to get the best care you deserve.
Contact a podiatrist today if you or a loved one is suffering from any foot-related symptoms. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.