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How Age Affects Your Foot Health

How Age Affects Your Foot Health

Ambulating is a huge part of your life. And, as you age, your feet (your natural propulsion appendages) undergo changes. But, not all those changes are good. Some affect your foot health and this is particularly true as you get older. In fact, age affects the health of your feet in more ways than you likely suppose.

How Age Affects Your Foot Health

Your foot health is more important than you probably think. These are your primary mode of transportation, so they should be at the top of your self care list. Here are some strange but very real ways age affects your foot health:

  • ● Fat thins out. We all know that as a person ages, they have less fat reserves. And, that’s particularly hard on your feet. Because fat is a natural insole, less of it means less padding. Which gives the experience of notable pain in the afternoon and evening after a day on your feet.
  • ● Arthritis onsets. There are more than 30 joints in your feet. And, this degrade as the years go by. Like the result of less fat, you’ll probably feel a bit more discomfort at the end of the day. But, stiffness will also be present at the first part of the day until you get moving.
  • ● Toes start curling up. Women are especially prone to a condition known as hammertoe, an upward curl of the toes resulting from wearing high heels. So, wear stilettos less and go with shoes that don’t have high heels. Both genders greatly benefit from wearing well padded, big toe box shoes and these should be the default wear of choice.
  • ● Blood circulation slows. As you age, blood circulation slows and that’s not good for your toes. (Or, your feet and ankles for that matter.) This means every cut, bump, and bruise are potential problems.
  • ● Tendons begin tightening. Water levels in your tendons fall as you age, which means a stiffening of those internal connection cords. Staying active is key to counteract these effects. Although this phenomenon is not completely unavoidable, you can ward off its extent by exercising regularly.
  • ● Ligaments start elongating. Conversely from tightening tendons are elongating ligaments. But, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. That’s because longer ligaments are essentially a flattening of your feet.

Lastly, your skin really begins drying out. Collagen does more than provide cushion to the bottom of your feet. It also benefits your skin by providing some much needed moisture. When it’s in short supply, the skin on your feet dries out.