8 Ways Your Feet Change With Age. To help prevent these problems in causing extreme situations is to make sure you’re wearing the correct footwear, and you are wearing your exact size and width./dtfootwear.com

8 Ways Your Feet Change With Age.

To help prevent these problems in causing extreme situations is to make sure you’re wearing the correct footwear, and you are wearing your exact size and width./dtfootwear.com

 

I have told this story a few times, and that is I use to wear an 8 1/2 in my shoes – how I’m wearing a 10.

I used to wear a size 30 in my paints, in high school, and now I wear ( no comment).

We change in time!   When is the last time you had your feet measure professionally?

 

Aging takes its toll on your feet as it does with the rest of your body.

Given the amount of stress we place on our feet over a lifetime, it’s easy to see why these problems occur.

In addition to general wear and tear, there are physiological changes that will inevitably affect how your joints, bones, and tendons function.

These changes tend to develop gradually as cell turnover, and collagen production begins to slow.

As the skin starts to thin, so too will the fatty layer cushioning the soles and heels. These changes can give rise to stability problems affecting the knees, hips, and lower back.

Eight ways your feet can change with age are:

  1. Arthritis

Did you know that your feet have more than 30 joints?

Like in other areas of your body, the joints in your feet can degenerate with age.

Most seniors experience arthritis in the midfoot joints or the big toe.

Pain and stiffness are the most common symptoms, which tend to worsen at night.

  1. Toenail Changes and squeezing your toe area by ill-fitting footwear can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort to your foot.

Toenails usually become thicker and more brittle as you age, making them more difficult to cut and maintain.

One reason for this is that nails tend to grow slower in tandem with the slowing of hormonal production.

The older we get, the fewer hormones we make.

Estrogen and testosterone both stimulate the production of keratin and contribute to the smooth, firm appearance of our nails.

When these hormones decline, the reduced supply (coupled with the loss of moisture) can cause our nails to discolor, crack, and form uneven ridges and layers.

While proper nail care can significantly improve the nail’s appearance, it may not entirely prevent these aging-related changes.

  1. Toe Curling (a.k.a. Hammertoes)

Hammertoes are a common problem among seniors, particularly women.

Cramming your feet into high heels puts you at a much greater risk of developing hammertoes.

This condition starts as mild pain but eventually develops into calluses and corns when your feet, now crooked, push up against your shoes.

What You Can Do About It

If you plan to wear heels, try wearing well-fitting flats or a good pair of running shoes during the day to give your feet as much support as possible before you heading out for the evening.

  1. Lack of Cushioning

Collagen and elastin create cushioning for our feet, and those cushions are stuffed with fat on the bottoms of our feet.

But as we age, collagen production decreases significantly, which gradually starts to thin out the fat on the bottoms of our feet.

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  1. Tight Tendons

Our tendons hold less water as we age, which causes stiffness in our ankles and other parts of the foot.

Lack of circulation can cause some of this conditioning and the only way to generate additional circulation when dealing with the feet, and where most of our nerve endings are located in proper inserts

When the water content of our tendons reduces, we become at greater risk for ruptures and tears, doctors say.

What You Can Do About It

One of the best ways to prevent tight tendons is to stay active.

Strengthening exercises, like a calf, raise, are a great way to keep your tendons loose and healthy.

  1. Stretched Ligaments

While our tendons tighten as we age, our ligaments stretch over time.

How does this affect your feet?

Stretched ligaments can cause our arches to ache and put us at risk of becoming flat-footed.

What You Can Do About It

Exercise is a great way to help prevent overstretching of your ligaments.

Toe raises, and ankle circles are two great exercises for strength.

  1. Dry Skin

We know that declining collagen production eventually erodes your foot’s natural cushioning.

But it also causes your skin to sag and dries out.

As a result, your feet wind up more prone to cracking and dryness.

What You Can Do About It

A straightforward solution to prevent dry skin is to stay hydrated.

Also, make sure that you’re applying a good moisturizer twice a day to keep the skin on your feet hydrated.

  1. Bunions

Yes, Bunions are one of the most common foot issues seniors experience as they age.

These, Bunions are a bony growth or a misaligned bone at either the base of the small toe or the big toe.

Over time, the toe may start bending abnormally towards your smaller toes.

What You Can Do About It

One way to avoid bunions is to maintain a healthy weight, which will put less pressure on your feet.

Obtain proper fitting footwear and make sure that the style you choose will offload that bunion or tailor the bunion area. Wiggle room in the ball joint area and toe area of the shoe.

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What can I do to reduce the effects of aging?

Pain and uncomfortable feet aren’t a natural part of growing old or something to ‘put up with.’

A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain, and maintain mobility.

Exercise

Keeping active and on the move helps to keep feet healthy – it tones up muscles, helps to strengthen arches, and stimulates blood circulation.

General foot care and protection

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

Poorly cut toenails can also become ingrown.

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Thank you,

 

Ron Heinlein | President/Founder | Cell # 909-215-1622 | heinleinron@yahoo.com

I have been in the footwear business for over 50 years and been trained by the best in the Therapeutic/Orthopedic world.

DTFootwear.com Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co.

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