It’s been said that “Age is an issue of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland appreciate the humor in this popular quote. But we also like to point out to our senior patients that you can’t deny the passage of time. You may not mind, but it kind of does matter! Why not acknowledge the aging process, get familiar with what happens to aging feet, and take proactive steps to keep them as healthy as possible?
Acknowledge the aging process
Are you familiar with foot anatomy? Each of your feet has numerous muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints. All of these tiny structures are vulnerable to overuse and disease, especially after they’ve been supporting you for 60, 70, and 80 years or more. Chances are good that your feet will need some medical care as you age.
Get familiar with what happens to aging feet
The skin may become dry and cracked; you may begin to lose your natural arch and get flat feet; toenails can become thick and difficult to trim. You may develop foot numbness, tingling, swelling, and sores that don’t heal – and these aren’t normal parts of aging. They’re symptoms of diseases such as diabetes, gout, and heart disease.
Take proactive steps toward healthier feet
- Check your feet often for changes in shape or color.
- Replace old shoes that don’t give you any support.
- Make sure your shoes still fit. Fallen arches can mean wider feet, so you may be wearing the wrong size.
- Keep skin healthy by using moisturizer after showering.
- Clip your toenails straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Call us at (440) 903-1041 for an appointment if you notice any changes, have difficulty walking or wearing shoes, or if you have any foot or ankle pain. If you live in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, or Summit County, come see us in Solon, Ohio for expert, caring foot care. You may also make an appointment online.