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Aging Affects the Feet

As one ages, their feet also age. A common sign of aging feet is the inability to absorb impact, also termed a loss of springiness. This is the result of loosening of the tendons that hold the arch in place. Additionally, the joints can become less flexible as one ages, especially if osteoarthritis sets in, further reducing the flexibility of the feet. Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and obesity are other factors that may affect the foot’s suppleness. Another effect of aging is decreased muscle strength. Add to that a natural thinning of the bones, which can become worse by smoking and not intaking adequate vitamin D amounts. This increases the chance of getting stress fractures. Another way that aging affects the feet is a loss of resilience in the skin, which reduces its cushioning. Furthermore, the fat pads, particularly under the ball of the foot and the heel begin to thin out, increasing the chances of having foot pain. Wearing proper footwear is generally the easiest way to lessen the effects of aging on the feet. Shoes with ample cushioning and arch support are essential. For help with foot problems caused by aging, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors 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 offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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