Caring for older feet
As we get older, it is important to implement good foot care to stay active. From around 55, feet can naturally develop problems due to years of daily wear and tear, and because skin loses its elasticity and starts to become thin.
A good foot care regime will improve foot health and help prevent common problems:
- Keep toenails short as nails that become too long can press against the end of shoes and cause soreness, and even infection and ulceration
- Check your feet regularly, daily if necessary, and moisturise (but not between the toes) to keep them supple as feet lose their natural oils as they age and nails can become brittle
- Keep feet warm by wearing warm socks or stockings. Avoid anything too tight which may restrict circulation or cramp toes
- Stay active and on the move as this tones up muscles, helps to strengthen arches and stimulates blood circulation
- Ensure you choose well-fitting, supportive footwear
Foot pain is not normal.
Throughout the month of June (2017) Basildon Chiropody, Podiatry and Footwear centre are carrying out free foot health checks and footwear assessments.