After celebrating enough birthdays, it’s no surprise to encounter changes to your body, such as wrinkles, a little more to love around the middle section, a few more aches and pains. As you get older, your feet can change too, but no matter how many candles are on your birthday cake, you shouldn’t have foot pain.
Posted by: Everyday Health
Feet Should Support You for Life
It's not surprising that decades of walking, jogging, and standing can also leave their mark on your feet. Aging brings many changes to your feet, which can leave them more likely to hurt, says James Mahoney, DPM, an associate professor of podiatry at Des Moines University in Iowa. "Many patients say, 'I thought it was part of being old,’ but pain in your feet is not normal, regardless of your age."
Foot Pain and Aging: Problems You Could Encounter
As you start putting more miles on your feet, you may notice that:
Your feet may change shape. In many people, the arch under the foot begins to collapse as ligaments become more lax, Dr. Mahoney says. This often leads to pain in the arch and heel. You may need to buy longer shoes to accommodate your changing feet. If you keep buying the same size shoes that you wore when you were 35, your feet may hurt more because of being stuck in too-small shoes.
You may lose cushioning in your feet. The natural fat padding in your feet that helps cushion your weight tends to dwindle with age. This can leave the bones in the balls of your feet with less protection, causing pain.
Your skin changes. Blood circulation to your feet decreases as you get older. Not only does this lead to the loss of fat padding, it also causes your skin to become thinner and drier. Your feet are more likely to develop cracks and other superficial injuries, and with the decreased circulation they'll heal more slowly than in years past.
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At Adler Footcare, we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. That’s why we offer the latest advancements to treat foot pain caused by a variety of common problems such as:
- Fallen arches
- Heel pain
- Misaligned feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Toenail fungus
The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare will assess your feet and begin managing your pain right away before recommending the proper treatment, such as:
- Minimally invasive foot surgery
- HyProCure® stent
- Foot arthroscopy
- Stem cell therapy
- Toenail fungus laser treatment
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, consider scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare where you’ll experience convenience, kindness, and the best possible care for the problems causing your foot pain.
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