Looking After Your Feet
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As we get older our feet go through some natural changes due to the amount of hard work they have gone through in our lives. Our feet actually change shape as we age. Our fat pads tend to reduce, joints and bone alignments change, circulation decreases, skin becomes thin and dry, ligaments lengthen and tendons tighten. Complications can then arise that also affect our feet such as arthritis and diabetes and you are more at risk of injury.
Now I am sure you’re reading this and thinking it’s all doom and gloom but there is plenty that can be done to limit these changes and it’s all down to looking after your feet. Don’t let them be a burden.
What can be done!
Most people only ever think about their feet when something is wrong or worrying how they’re going to look in them lovely new sandals you just bought. But the best care for your feet is to get into a routine to stop problems arising in the first place.
Drink plenty of water, use appropriate foot cream recommended by a health care practitioner or pharmacist, try to limit coffee and tea intake, if you like a brew too much then make sure you make up for it with your water intake. If you are really struggling with dry skin apply cream and put on a cotton sock at night time.
Make sure your shoes are supportive and have plenty of cushioning to make up for that loss of fatty padding under your feet. If the shoes still don’t have enough support then maybe think about adding an orthotic into the shoe which will help spread the pressure across your foot and control any abnormal walking tendencies.
For those who have houses with tiled floors, it is best to avoid walking barefoot – wear a supportive pair of thongs/Birkenstocks/sandals or even a supportive pair of slippers while at home.
Supportive footwear is key.
Keep active, keep moving your feet –swimming, cycling, walking. If you don’t move it, you lose it. The less weight going through your feet the less pressure they are under.
Again keep moisturising, file down any hard skin after a bath or shower while the skin is soft. Cut your nails straight across to avoid ingrown toe nails.
If you have any problems that you believe you can’t deal and need advice on with then just make an appointment. We do a free initial assessment at Back in Motion. Call us on 3408 6608