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How Aging Can Affect Your Feet

Aging gracefully is a journey that encompasses various changes throughout the body, and the feet are no exception. The intricate network of bones, muscles, and joints in the foot makes it particularly susceptible to the effects of aging. Certain conditions may arise, including plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and osteoarthritis. Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the ligament, called the plantar fascia, on the bottom of the foot. This condition often results from participating in high-impact exercises or wearing ill-fitting shoes. The telltale sign is sharp heel pain, especially pronounced in the morning. Flat feet, a consequence of aging and genetic predisposition, can lead to tired feet, painful arches, and swelling on the inner sides. This condition occurs when the supporting tendons and ligaments lose elasticity, a common side effect of aging, and causes the arches to weaken. Osteoarthritis, a prevalent concern for adults over 65, can affect the feet due to the intricate structure of bones and joints. While age increases the risk, repeated ankle sprains may also contribute to arthritis. If you are experiencing any of these foot problems, it is suggested that you schedule 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 Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. 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 one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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