As we get older our skin tends to get thinner and lose its elasticity. You may find that minor wounds take longer to heal and wear and tear to the joints over the years may have caused some degree of arthritis. However, painful 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.

You may find that your feet get drier as you get older as the outer layer of skin (the epidermis) loses lipids the fatty substances that keep the skin moisturised. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated – read more  • here •

You may also find your nails change with age, read more about how your toenails can change  • here •

The older you get, the more you need a shoe which holds your foot firmly in place to give you adequate support. Shoes that have cushioning or shock absorbing soles will give you extra comfort while walking.

Exercise can also help to keep your feet healthy – it tones up muscles, helps to strengthen arches and stimulates blood circulation.

If you have any concerns about your foot health please see a podiatrist who will be able to examine your feet and give you advice.


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