How To Maintain Your Foot Health As You Age
Experts say that foot problems can be the first sign of a more serious medical condition, especially among older people. Many health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, circulatory disorders and nerve issues, may first manifest in the feet.
That is one reason why it is so important to pay attention to your foot health and to seek treatment when you have a problem. Foot health for senior women and for senior men is especially important because the elderly often have circulatory problems.
It is important for seniors to stay active and to keep walking and moving around every day so that circulation stays healthy and so all the systems in the legs and feet remain stretched and healthy as well.
Many foot problems in seniors can be taken care of just by wearing properly fitting shoes that are well constructed and provide cushioning with a soft, flexible upper that can conform to the shape of the foot. The soles of the shoes need to be lightweight, flexible and shock absorbing, and provide solid footing.
Here are some tips for maintaining foot health as a senior:
- Practice good foot care and hygiene. Check your feet regularly.
- Put your feet up while you are sitting or lying down, stretch if you have been sitting for a while, walk around, have a gentle foot massage, or take a warm foot bath. These things will keep blood circulating to your feet.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time and especially avoid sitting with your legs crossed for a long while.
- Try to avoid exposing your feet to cold temperatures.
- Don’t smoke. It decreases blood supply and increases the chance of circulatory problems and swelling.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Appropriately fitted shoes will prevent pressure on the feet that can lead to friction and will keep your foot structure properly aligned.
It is normal for people to experience some foot problems as they age. For example, the fat pads on the bottom of the feet tend to deteriorate during the aging process, but the goal is to keep your feet as healthy as possible and avoid as many problems as you can.
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