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Foot Pain After Age 60

As an individual gets older, they may notice foot pain has increased. Sixty-plus years of walking can take a toll on the feet. To deal with foot pain, it is important to pay attention to the signals your feet may be giving you. The feet naturally flatten and widen with aging. The natural cushion of the ball of the foot also erodes over time. Muscle cramps can become more common. Some things to consider are whether your shoes are the right size and how supportive and comfortable they are. Some older people are less attuned to how their shoes fit and feel. It is important for seniors to have their feet measured periodically, especially when they purchase new shoes. Shoes that fit well will provide more comfort, help prevent falls, and allow continued mobility and independence as the individual becomes older. Wearing shoes with heels may create hammertoes, arch pain, or bunions. Things that may help your aging feet include wearing orthotic inserts and practicing good foot care. If you are over 60 and are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Ultimate Foot Care . Our doctors 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 Smithtown, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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