Many health issues can affect our bodies as we age. Our feet can face issues and sensitivity as easily as the rest of our body, so how can we help to prevent these problems from occurring?
Know the conditions that can develop and implement healthy practices now to help avoid future ailments.
Common Foot Issues That Arise with Age
What are some of the issues that can affect your feet as you age? Unfortunately, there are several possible conditions that you can face.
Plantar fasciitis is a common and painful condition that results in moderate to intense heel pain, often described as a stabbing or searing sensation when walking. This is caused by the degeneration of the plantar fascia, or the thick band of tissue that spans the sole of your foot.
Weight gain and strenuous physical activity can increase the risks of developing plantar fasciitis, with ages 40-60 being the most commonly affected.
Flat feet, or fallen arches of the foot, can occur due to genetics, injury, or weak arches. Flat feet may cause pain when walking which, depending on the severity of the symptoms, can lead to issues with mobility.
Pain and Weakness
No matter how you age, weakness, stiffness, and stress are common ailments that can become more pronounced over time. Jobs that require significant time on your feet and shoes that lack adequate support may increase the intensity of these symptoms.
Promote Healthy Aging of the Feet
Diet and Exercise
Weight and diet easily affect how your body ages. A nutritious, balanced diet and regular exercise can increase your stamina; keep blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight levels within a healthy range; and can strengthen your muscles. This improves the health of your body, including your foot health.
Monitor the health of your feet regularly. Dry skin and callouses can be managed with moisturizers, but infection and injury should be brought to the attention of your personal physician quickly to prevent further issues from developing.
Proper footwear is one of the easiest ways to promote foot health. Look for shoes with firm, supportive soles and additional arch support to both absorb impact as you walk and to relieve pain on the sole of your foot.
Are you in need of tennis shoes to help prevent foot pain? Read this article for the top three recommendations for supportive running shoes from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner.
Yes, aging does present several challenges for your health – but don’t be overwhelmed. Preventative measures can go a long way in providing you with lasting relief.
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