Our Wichita Podiatrist Explains Why Foot Care for Older Women is Important

Certain aspects of our health change as we age, and while this isn’t always a concern, there are some special considerations. For example, foot care for women over 65 has to address key factors, including brittle nails, reduced bone density, loss of protective fat pads on foot soles, and other issues. At Central Kansas Podiatry Associates, Dr. Weaver and our team want you to enjoy easy mobility for life. Schedule an appointment today for a full exam and our recommendations for maintaining good foot health. Here are just a few.  

What Can Go Wrong With Your Feet As You Age

Older women notice particular foot changes that may compromise their ability to stay active. Studies indicate that “20 and 45 percent of women over 65 years of age will develop one or more foot problems, which, although not specific to older women, are more common in that age group than in younger women.” These include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • Hammer toes, claw toes, and other issues
  • Skin disorders
  • Foot fungal infections
  • Foot ulcers or wounds
  • Corns and calluses
  • Flatfoot or high arches
  • Bunions
  • Fat pad loss

There are numerous reasons why these conditions develop, including loss of collagen, and reduced ligament and tendon strength. Women who smoke or who have more chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, poor circulation, neuropathy (nerve problems), obesity, and other issues are at risk for even more foot trouble.  

Changes in the foot’s appearance and sudden and chronic pain should never be ignored. At the first sign of a foot problem, women over age 65 should contact a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Weaver’s Tips for Foot Care For Women Over 65

We should all take a quick peek at our feet daily to spot anything out of the ordinary more quickly, but this routine is especially important as we get older.  

  • Check feet and toenails daily. You’re looking for wounds, the start of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, cuts in the skin that can lead to infection, blisters, and other troublesome issues. Ask someone to help you if necessary.
  • Pamper your feet. Keep them clean and dry, lotion your heels well, have a massage now and again to improve circulation, and avoid sitting for long periods with crossed legs or without getting up to stretch and move about.
  • Wear supportive, properly fitted shoes. Your old favorite pair of pumps might not be the best choice now if they cause pain or don’t have enough room in the toe box. Choose flexible footwear that provides effective shock absorption, soft uppers that form to your foot’s shape, and soles with good traction to keep you stable while on the go. 
  • Keep exercising. To maintain good circulation to the lower extremities, swim, walk frequently, dance—whatever brings you joy and keeps you moving!
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