Foot problems are especially common in older people for multiple reasons.
Nails can become thickened and brittle making them difficult to cut.
Feet lose their fat and cushioning ability which can be one of the factors causing callouses and corns to develop.
Muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot can lose their elasticity causing the arches to collapse causing pressure areas and overuse of soft tissues causing inflammation and pain.
Circulation can become impaired due to ageing of the heart and the vascular system (your arteries and veins) causing less blood flow to the feet. This can delay cuts and wounds to heal.
Therefore it is of great importance that feet are looked after, checked regularly and possibly put some form of arch support or orthotic into everyday shoes to keep the foot aligned and functioning well.
Correct foot alignment can reduce:
- the severity of osteoarthritis from developing,
- reduce the risk of inflammation
- reduce pressure areas where ulcers can develop
- reduce inflammation of joints and soft tissues
We recommend that you see one of our highly trained Podiatrists who can discuss with you how we can look after your feet, keeping your feet healthy and keeping you active for longer. To make an appointment call Kew Foot Clinic on 03 9853 6877.