Once the sandal season is here, people start to care about how their feet look. However, apart from it, there is not much TLC given to the feet throughout the year. Although we pound our feet to pavements, put extra weight on them while jogging, and imprison them inside tight-fitting shoes, when it comes to tending to them we lack. From precarious heels to no-support flip flops our feet endure all forms of torcher from us.
Given all this injustice, stress, and strain, it is almost a miracle that our feet with 26 bones, muscles, tendons, a complex matrix of ligaments, and 33 joints don’t rebel against us. Because if they do, we would be in serious trouble.
Sometimes our feet do rebel as they get older. As we age, the tendons and muscles start to lose elasticity, and it can contribute to foot pain. This is why it is essential to care about feet health from a young age. Taking good care of our feet becomes absolutely imperative as we get older. We should never take our base of support for granted.
Here we will be discussing some important things that most people tend to ignore about aging feet but you shouldn’t.
Obesity And The Risk Of Foot Pain
Obesity is not ideal for our overall health, and it has adverse effects on the feet as well. It can create a vicious cycle of increasing the risk of foot pain and thereby, making people less likely to engage in physical activities. When physical activities have restricted the chances of gaining more weight increase and the cycle continues.
If you begin to gain weight rapidly, you need to watch out for your diet and consult a doctor. Overeating is not always a reason behind weight gain; there might be some complications or hormonal imbalances that need to be ruled out. Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to stay healthy. Your diet should contain all the essential nutrients and remember, starving yourself is not the solution even if you are overweight.
There are proper ways that include diet plans and working out to manage a healthy weight. You should consult a professional nutritionist and a doctor who will guide you on how to reach the weight you are aiming for.
Fat Loss In Feet And Foot Pain
Every person is born with a certain amount of under the feet. This fat under the balls of the feet and the heel allows shock absorption. When a person starts to age this fat can atrophy. It varies from person to person, some may experience thinning of fat more rapidly than the others.
Getting the injections to reduce swelling and pain or overtraining can also cause this fat to lose. When you lose this fat, you may feel like walking on hard rocks or marbles. Understandably, this leads to foot pain and flattening of feet. It also increases the risks of stress fractures, balance problems, and bruised bones as you age.
The only thing that can be done in case of feet flattening is providing external cushioning like silicon. Gel pads and insoles are also available to put inside the shoes. It can restrict the pain from getting worse.
Quality Of Blood Flow And Foot Pain
Compromised blood flow is a problem that worsens with age. Various factors lead to poor quality of blood flow to the feet. These factors may include blood clots, smoking, peripheral neuropathy, and diabetes.
When the blood flow to the feet is compromised, wounds and tissue healing also slows down. Any numbness or a tingling sensation in the feet should not be ignored or taken lightly. You should discuss it with your doctor if you have noticed anything out of the ordinary happening to your feet.
Tending To Your Feet Regularly Is A Must
This should be a habit despite your age so you will have no problem continuing it when you get older. If an elderly person is unable to tend to their feet, then a caretaker needs to do this for them.
The feet must remain clean. Don’t forget to dry the feet after washing them. Apply a moisturizer to prevent any skin cracking. When you tend to the feet regularly, it helps to keep the infections at bay.