Changes to feet as getting old

Does the ground feel firmer and less forgiving than it used to?

Do you struggle to find comfortable shoes – or ones that are wide enough for your feet?

Do your feet often swell and you’re not sure why?

All these changes, alongside many others, can be explained by the natural changes our feet go through as we get older. Thankfully, these changes don’t have to mean putting up with aches and pains in our everyday lives – especially if these symptoms are affecting our ability to move, stay independent, and do the things we love. Our podiatry team helps older adults stay active and pain-free on their feet every day – and today we’ve shared seven common changes to your feet that you may experience as you age.

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young woman in the street feeling pain in her ankle

young woman in the street feeling pain in her ankleFoot pain can be excruciating. When it affects your performance at work, it can be even worse. Our jobs can take a large toll on our bodies, which isn’t surprising given how active many of us are throughout our workday. An Australian study looking at steps taken per day over different occupations found that on average [1]:

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Foot Bunions

As women, we expect great things from our feet. They need to fit into tight shoes, keep us comfortable in heels, take us from work to the gym to the park with the kids – all while looking good, feeling great and staying healthy. With any expectations, come the fears of what may go wrong with our feet.

 

As podiatrists, we regularly discuss these otherwise unspoken foot fears with women looking for solutions and prevention strategies. Today, we thought we’d share the top four fears we hear, as well as share the advice we give to help prevent these fears from coming to life.

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