Keep Your Feet Young

Houston Foot Doctor

Some changes in your feet are a natural and painless part of aging, while others can be crippling. Glenn Pfeffer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, tells how to spot what's normal and what's not—and how to stop foot problems down the road.

Normal Changes
Your feet become wider and longer According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, 90%of women wear shoes too tight for their feet, and 80% have foot problems as a result. Get both feet measured regularly, and buy shoes to fit the larger foot.
Your feet flatten due to a mild settling of the arches Try using an over-the counter orthotic only if you have pain. If your arches don't hurt, don't worry about them.
The protective fat pads on the balls and heels thin out This makes it more important than ever to wear well-cushioned shoes or insoles.
Your ankles lose some range of motion and become stiffer Several times a day, stretch your heel cord by standing on a step or curb and dropping your heel off. Also, try rotating your feet while seated to exercise the ankle joints.
You lose some balance Do balance training: Practice standing on one foot with your eyes closed for 30 to 60 seconds several times a day.

Abnormal Changes
Take action if you have any of the following:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Mallet toes
  • Overlapping toes
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Arthritis

Wear shoes made of supple leather. They should be low heeled (preferably less than 1 inch) and cushioned, with a high, wide toe box. Over-the-counter products with cushioning and support such as splints and orthotic pads can provide comfort. Orthotics can also prevent conditions such as bunions and corns from worsening. If you don't get relief within 6 to 8 weeks, consult an orthopedic surgeon. A custom-made orthotic or surgery may be necessary.

Source: prevention

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