Aging Ain’t Fun – Your Feet Included
We welcome patients from all over Southern California. Our main medical office is in Corona but we have patients coming in from Eastvale, Norco, Riverside, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, Fontana, Chino Hills, Lake Elsinore, Temecula, San Diego, Orange County and some as far as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Aging Feet…..it really is ok!
Aging takes its toll on your feet as it does with the rest of your body. Foot pain affects 1 in 4 adults over the age of 45.[i] Foot pain can interfere with your day-to-day activity such as walking, climbing stairs, or even standing up from a seated position. It could also affect your balance and increase your likelihood of falling.
Often, foot pain is just related to the wear-and-tear associated with aging – it happens to ALL OF US!. With aging, much of the natural cushion of padding under your heel and the ball of your foot is lost. The arches get flatter and less flexible, your ankles and foot joints become stiffer, and your whole foot gets wider and longer.
However, in some cases, foot pain may be an indication of a more serious injury or condition. The real goal now is to get to the root cause of your foot pain. To do this, visit Corona Foot and Ankle where podiatrist Dr. Amin can determine or diagnose your foot problem and recommend a treatment plan that works for you.
Why We Get Foot Pain
Given the amount of stress we place on our feet over a lifetime, it’s easy to see why foot pain occurs. In addition to general wear and tear, there are physiological changes that will inevitably affect how your joints, bones, and tendons function.
These changes tend to develop gradually as cell turnover and collagen production begins to slow. As the skin starts to thin, so too will the fatty layer cushioning the soles and heels. These changes can give rise to stability problems affecting the knees, hips, and lower back. The pain associated with such changes can be exacerbated by poorly fitted shoes, high heels and sandals. Three out of four people over the age of 65 wear shoes that are too small.[ii]
It’s important to work with a podiatrist to treat and manage foot pain. If left untreated more serious symptoms can develop that can cause severe pain. One of the most common foot problems for older people is swelling. This is often associated with poor circulation, which leads to the build-up of fluid in the lower extremities. Circulation can also be affected by diabetes. Caring for your feet is especially important if you have diabetes, as diabetes can cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet making you more prone to injury. If such injuries are left untreated, they could lead to infection or more serious complications. Infection can lead to amputations!
Baby boomers should be aware of other foot ailments that become more likely with age, such as flat feet, dry skin, and a shortened Achilles tendon. Other issues like bunions, hammertoes, fungal infections, corns and calluses can occur at any age. If you are experiencing persistent foot pain or swelling, especially when accompanies by compromised mobility, make an appointment with Dr. Amin of Corona Foot and Ankle, to manage your symptoms and relieve any pain. Do not procrastinate this visit!
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