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The Impact of Aging on the Feet

Aging takes a toll on the body, including the feet. Given all that the feet do for us in our lifetimes and what they endure, it is no surprise that problems occur. From general wear and tear to structural changes, several factors contribute to the impact of aging on our feet. The natural slowdown of cell turnover and collagen production can result in thinner skin, including the fatty layer that provides cushioning on the soles and heels of the feet, which can make walking and standing uncomfortable. The erosion of cartilage between joints and inflammation of the bursa and tendons increases with age, and this can cause reduced flexibility in the feet and discomfort. Various types of arthritis can affect the joints, bones, and tendons in the feet, toes, and ankles, causing pain and stiffness. Dry skin, particularly on the soles of their feet can lead to cracked heels and calluses. Hormonal changes related to aging can cause toenails to thicken and become brittle, making them harder to maintain and increasing the risk of nail-related problems. Furthermore, circulation problems become more common as we age. Edema, characterized by the accumulation of fluid in the feet and ankles, may occur due to compromised blood circulation. This can lead to discomfort, swelling, and a higher susceptibility to infections. To deal with age-related foot issues, it is suggested that seniors visit a podiatrist as part of their healthcare routine. A podiatrist can examine the feet, identify issues, and provide appropriate treatment and guidance for maintaining foot health.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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