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Ageing Feet

Older feet naturally develop more problems because the skin tends to thin and lose it's elasticity. Healing can take longer and wear and tear to the joints over the years may have caused some degree of arthritis.

But painful and uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of growing old and a lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and maintain mobility. As in all aspects of foot care, prevention is the key. You can help maintain healthy feet by following these simple rules:

Keep Warm
Feet are more prone to feeling the cold with age, as reduced physical activity and poor blood circulation can lead to numb, cold feet.

Warm stockings or socks can help but avoid anything too tight which can restrict your circulation or cramp your toes. Wearing thicker socks, double socks, lined shoes or boots will also keep you warm but do make sure your shoes aren't tight as a result. Bed socks are also a good idea and will help keep the chill away at night.

Exercise
Exercise is a must - the most natural workout in the world is walking  Exercise can help to keep feet healthy – it tones up muscles, helps to maintain the mobility of your feet and stimulates blood circulation .

Footwear
The older you get, the more you need a shoe which holds your foot firmly in place to give adequate support.
When buying shoes, make sure you have your feet measured - don’t assume your feet will stay the same size as you get older. Shoes with laces, buckle or Velcro fastenings,  will allow for adjustments should your feet or ankles swell. Look for shoes with uppers made of soft leather or a stretchy man-made fabric which is also breathable. Avoid plastic upper as they don’t allow your feet to breathe and will not stretch to accommodate your foot shape.

Many shoes have cushioning or shock absorbing soles to give you extra comfort while walking. When buying shoes, ensure that you can put them on and take them off easily. They should be roomy enough, particularly, if you intend to wear them everyday. If you suffer with swollen feet, it's a good idea to put your shoes on as soon as you wake up, before your feet have had a chance to swell.

Basic footcare and nail cutting may be all that's needed to keep your feet in good condition, but if you find you are unable to manage them yourself, then a chiropodist/podiatrist will be able to help and advise you.