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How Aging Changes Your Feet

Published on March 5th, 2019

It’s no secret that our bodies change as we get older, but we don’t necessarily think about the way in which aging impacts our foot health. Our feet change as we get older as well, so it is important to think about how we can go out of our way to care for our feet.

Your Feet Get Bigger

Many body parts seem to get smaller with age, but our feet get bigger due to the wear and tear of supporting our bodies. The tendons and ligaments in our feet stretch out and elongate, leading to our feet growing in size. Also, the fat pads that are located on the bottom of the feet get thinner. Less cushioning may lead to soreness or calluses.

Less Range of Motion

With age, you may notice that your feet are stiffer and less flexible than they once were. It is important to do everything in your power to maintain as much mobility and strength. Strength and balance play a key role in keeping older adults upright instead of being more prone to falls.

Increased Swelling

Older adults may experience swelling in either one or both of their feet/ankles. There are many different reasons as to why this could occur, including vein circulation problems, changes in hormones, certain medications, heart disease, or an overall reduction in activity.

Thickened Toenails

Hormonal changes are the cause behind a decrease in toenail growth. Because of this slower growth, your nails will likely become thicker and more brittle than they once were. Our podiatrists can help you establish a treatment plan.

If you are experiencing any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today!

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