(Three, Four, Help me up off the Floor!)
A loss of mobility as we age can make caring for our feet more difficult. Trouble reaching over to attend to your toenails properly, protecting thinning skin, and the fact that healing takes longer in the body generally, can all lead to having your podiatrist on speed-dial. Most patients need to visit a podiatrist twice as often in their 70’s and 80’s than they did when they were in their 40’s and 50’s.
If you have already walked nine thousand miles, here are 3 things to keep in mind:
- Taking care of your feet can improve your chances of staying on them.
There is no easy way to say this. At least half of age-related changes to muscles, bones and joints are said to be caused by disuse. If getting exercise is hard for you, ask your podiatrist for their top tips on simple at-home movements designed to make aching feet become active feet.
- There are real changes.
Yes. Some of us could do more to stay mobile. But it’s not all our fault! Muscle tissue thins out. Nerves don’t send messages like they used to, leading to a loss of sensation. Blood tends to start pooling in veins, so the ankle and foot swells. As if that isn’t depressing enough, as we age, the structure of bone changes and results in loss of bone tissue. Realistically though, our feet serve us pretty well. It’s the injuries and chronic diseases we can accumulate that give our feet a hard time.
- Don’t assume foot pain must be tolerated as part of growing older.
Pain might be avoidable. For example. staying warm and comfy in winter is important, but ensure slippers and socks are not too tight, which can restrict blood flow. Getting your feet professionally checked, cleaned, moisturised and treated feels great and is all part of a healthy self-care routine.
The team at Junction Foot and Ankle Group have specialty expertise on how to best care for older feet. Book in an appointment to see us on 9250 1676 or follow the link to book online.