Would that our bodies stayed the same throughout our lives! Aging is inevitable. And our podiatrists, Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts, can tell you without question that feet aren’t immune to the effects of aging. After several decades and hundreds of thousands of miles supporting you, there’s a good chance your feet are going to act up!
But there’s a lot you can do to keep your feet in the best shape possible – and prevent problems. Start by knowing the kinds of things you can expect. When you recognize signs of trouble, you can take steps to nip foot pain and suffering in the bud.
Here are 6 things that become more common with aging feet:
- Flat feet. Two things can happen as we age to cause flat feet:
- the natural padding underneath the foot grows thin
- tendons become weak and cause your arch to fall.
- Any of the many ligaments, tendons, and muscles can grow weak, making them less effective at holding joints in alignment. Older feet are therefore prone to toe deformities like bunions, hammertoes, and claw toes.
- Bones become thin and brittle. Called osteoporosis, this is a medical condition that can be prevented through a proper diet and regular bone density scans.
- Heel pain, also called plantar fasciitis.
- Toenails can become thick, dry, or discolored, which could point to an issue with blood circulation.
- Aging feet can lose their ability to produce sweat and oil resulting in flaking, peeling, itching, and cracking.
No need to suffer
Prevent foot problems by practicing good hygiene, getting regular exercise, wearing the right size shoes, trimming toenails straight across, and getting help when you need it. If you recognize any of the symptoms we’re describing, don’t wait. Call Montgomery Foot Care Specialists for an appointment. Dr. Christie and Dr. Day-Houts have found that the sooner we take care of a foot problem, the easier it will be to treat and the sooner you’ll be back to doing the things you love, pain-free.
Call us in Montgomery, Alabama at (334) 396-3668 or contact us online.