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How Aging Can Affect Your Feet

As people age, their feet bear the brunt of a lifetime of activity, an accumulation of wear and tear that can lead to various problems. Women over 50 are particularly prone to foot issues as they age. These are caused by hormonal changes, decreased bone density, and the effects of wearing high heels. The soft tissues in the feet lose elasticity over time, making older adults more susceptible to conditions like Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Among the foot problems associated with aging are stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and bunions, flat feet, and osteoarthritis, which can hinder mobility and cause discomfort, are other ailments common among seniors. While simple measures like wearing supportive shoes and engaging in low-impact exercises can alleviate symptoms, persistent foot pain necessitates professional attention from a podiatrist, or a foot and ankle specialist, to prevent further complications. If you are an older adult who is experiencing foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Harris Greenberger, DPM from Fairfield County Foot Surgeons. Our podiatrist 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 Norwalk, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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