Old age naturally brings more problems to the feet as skin tends to become thinner and lose its elasticity. Wound healing can take longer and “wear and tear” of the joints over the years can cause some degree of arthritis.
Painful and uncomfortable feet are not always a part of the natural ageing process. There are several solutions that can aid in improving comfort, relieve pain and improve mobility.
It’s never late to start caring
Follow the daily foot care routine to maintain your mobility. Have your nail cutting under control in order to be able to move comfortably. If you need help with your nails, ask for podiatry services or a friend’s help.
Keep your feet warm
Try to keep your feet as warm as possible, but don’t sit too close to fire or heat sources. Wear warm socks that help in keeping your feet cosy. Avoid anything too tight that can limit your blood circulation to the feet and cause cramps. Wearing wool-lined shoes (boots, slippers) or even a second pair of socks will keep your feet warm.
Choose the correct footwear
The older a person gets, the greater the need of supportive footwear is. Choose shoes that keep your feet firmly in place and get rid of any old, worn out shoes that can make walking unstable. Choose shoes that have a soft leather or elastic fabric upper, so that your feet can breathe. Avoid plastic uppers, as they do not allow the feet to breathe and do not have the ability to adjust to the shape of your feet. Many shoes have cushioning or shock absorbing soles that give you more comfort when walking. When you buy shoes, make sure you can put them on and take them off easily. Ensure your heel is held firmly in the shoes. Shoes with laces or Velcro straps provide more support than slip-on shoes.
Exercise can help keep your feet healthy. It tones up your muscles, strengthens your arches and stimulates blood circulation to your feet.