Podiatrist’s view on ageing feet

2017-10-04 06:02
Take care of your feet as you age.PHOTO:supplied

Take care of your feet as you age.PHOTO:supplied

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FOOT pain can be debilitating. As we only have one pair of feet, it’s important to take good care of them. Foot pain can also lead to problems with regard to walking and exercising, which are an important part of health and wellbeing as we age.

If we take routine care of our feet, serious problems can usually be avoided, for example, foot ulcers, however, ageing can also mean that we develop other conditions such as diabetes and arthritis, which in some cases can affect the feet and lead to requiring medical treatment.

General signs of ageing feet include regular aches and pains, bunions, signs of clawing of the toes, toenails getting harder and thicker, corns and callouses, along with general circulatory problems.

Podiatrists (chiropodists) can help to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility.

General foot care and protection

Keeping toenails cut and under control is key as nails that become too long can press against the end of the shoe and the constant pressure can cause soreness, infection and ulceration.

Additionally, checking your feet daily is necessary. Washing and drying, then moisturising (not between the toes) will help them keep supple. We also start to lose the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet, causing corns and callouses.

When should I see a podiatrist about it?

As we get older, diabetes or circulatory problems can affect the feet. Regular podiatric consultations are necessary to assess the feet and treat common problems like corns, cracked skin and ingrown and difficult-to-cut toenails.

— Eva Mackenzie, podiatrist.

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