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How Aging Affects the Feet

Aging affects various aspects of our bodies, including changes to the feet. Common problems that develop with aging affect the toenails, skin, and structure of the feet. Toenails often become thicker, more brittle, and susceptible to fungal infections due to diminished circulation. To counteract these effects, prioritize wearing comfortable shoes with wide-toe boxes to prevent crowding and promote airflow. Aging also impacts skin cell regeneration, leading to thinning, dryness, and skin lesions. This can result in cracked heels, corns, and calluses. Protecting the feet from the elements and opting for supportive, comfortable footwear will contribute to healthier skin as you age. The structure of the feet undergoes significant changes as you age, affecting tendons, ligaments, and arch support. Over time, tendons and ligaments lose elasticity and strength, leading to flattened arches and lengthened feet. The fat pads that cushion your heels also diminish, increasing the risk of heel pain, tendon tears, and muscle strains. One of the main ways of staving off the effects of aging on the feet is to invest in properly fitting footwear. Seek out shoes that offer proper support and cushioning. For help with foot problems as you age, it is suggested that you make a podiatrist a regular member of your healthcare team.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor 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 office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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