Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Taking Care of Your Feet for Healthy Aging
As baby boomers age, nothing is more important to them than staying healthy and active. Consequently, in an attempt to avoid the discomfort of the inevitable body changes that come with aging, such as the loss of mobility associated with foot and leg problems, many boomers are choosing a healthier lifestyle. Weakening of the lower extremities is one of the main causes of decreased activity in older adults according to Health Canada.
“Foot problems can lead to complications in the knees, hips and lower back, which in themselves compromise mobility. The human foot is seen as a mirror of health. Health problems often related to age, such as diabetes, arthritis and poor circulation are frequently detected in the feet. »
Fortunately, Boomers have many options to maintain and improve the health of their feet. Our Podiatrist offers the following advice:
Walking has many benefits for both physical and mental health. However, if your feet are sore, you may find it difficult to incorporate walking into your daily routine, no matter how beneficial it is to your overall health.
For greater comfort, choose a good quality, lightweight shoe made of permeable materials such as leather or soft nylon mesh. The heel reinforcement should be firm and, for better stability, the heel of the shoe should not be over-cushioned so that the heel of the foot is as close to the ground as possible. The front of the shoe should provide adequate support without compromising flexibility.
Store for shoes in the late afternoon since your feet swell during the day, and have both feet professionally adjusted. Put on appropriate socks and make sure that the shoe stays snug without being too tight. Your toes should move freely.
Monitor your diabetes
“The symptoms of diabetes often appear first in the feet, which can be hit hard by this chronic disease. In fact, every year, complications from diabetes are the leading cause of lower limb amputations. “By consulting a Podiatrist for your diabetes, you could reduce the risk of amputation by up to 85%. Learn to recognize the following signs that often appear on your feet: change in skin color, swelling, numbness, pain, open wounds that heal too slowly, ingrown toenails or fungal infections, bloody bodies and calluses, and cracked skin, especially around the heels.
If you have diabetes, examine your feet daily for any changes. Wear thick, soft, seamless socks that will protect your feet from blistering. Always have your new shoes professionally fitted and never walk barefoot, not even at home.
Manage your arthritis
Arthritis can affect the structure and function of your feet. Common foot symptoms include swelling, pain, tenderness, redness or warmth in the joints, limitation of movement, morning stiffness, skin changes including itching and rashes.
Podiatrists are often the first to diagnose arthritis in a patient. Several treatments exist, including physical therapy, exercise and medication. Regular check-ups are crucial to successfully controlling the disease.
General foot health
In addition to wearing well-fitting shoes, wearing socks adapted to your needs, whatever they may be, is essential. If you have corns or calluses, never cut them with a razor, penknife or other sharp instrument. Consult a Podiatrist and, if necessary, use only the prescription products he or she prescribes. Soak your feet daily in warm water with a moisturizing soap added, or use a moisturizing lotion after your bath or shower. Trim and file your nails very straight and examine your feet daily. If you notice any redness, swelling, cracking or sores, consult your Podiatrist.2021