As we get older, keeping our feet happy and healthy can be a struggle. However, when you consider the fact that the average person will have walked the equivalent of four times around the globe by the age of 70, it’s hardly surprising that one quarter of pensioners suffer from foot pain. This infographic from Walsh Brothers Shoes lays out some of the best ways to look after your feet in older age.
Of the 300+ known foot ailments, there are a select few that are commonly experienced by those aged over 65. Some examples of these include heel pain, fallen arches, and bunions. Fortunately, it is possible to lower the risk of such health issues by wearing the right shoes, practicing good foot hygiene, and by being vigilant in noticing changes.
Did you know that hygiene is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining good foot health? Good foot hygiene involves more than simply washing your feet when you take a bath or shower. Try to wash your feet frequently with warm water and mild soap. To prevent dryness, avoid soaking for in excess of ten minutes, dry thoroughly (especially between the toes), and apply moisturiser. When dressing, always ensure that your socks are clean and dry.
Your feet can also serve as an indicator of overall health, so make time at least once a week to examine your feet for any changes and irregularities. Get in touch with a doctor or a foot expert if you spot anything out of the blue such as colour changes, reduced sensitivity to temperature, unusual coldness, cramps, numbness, tingling or discomfort.
To learn more about foot care for people aged 65+, take a look at the infographic guide below: