Many people dread the thought of getting older—but the “Golden Years” are a time worth celebrating. Gorgeous Grandma Day on July 23, 2015, is your next opportunity to do just that. Like Mother’s Day, this is a day to honor and thank the grandmothers in your life for all they do, and to recognize that age in life as a time worth celebrating. As part of celebrating seniors in general, all of us at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona want to help people prepare to age as healthily as possible. This includes understanding what to expect from your feet as you get older.
Feet are designed to last a lifetime, and they certainly can with the right care. At the same time, a lifetime’s worth of use can definitely take its toll on the lower limbs. This can lead to a variety of foot symptoms, from the painful to the inconvenient. Here are things to watch for to help keep your lower limbs healthy:
- Effects from slowed circulation – Your blood flow weakens as you get older, and you definitely see this in the feet. Lower limbs are more likely to feel cold, be prone to infections, and have trouble healing injuries.
- Dry skin – The feet may dry out more easily and so be prone to itching, burning, and cracking skin.
- Less padding – The natural fatty pads that protect your soles squish and flatten as you age, making you more prone to soreness and pain.
- Trouble cutting toenails – Some people have a much harder time reaching their toenails as they get older, which can make it difficult to care for them and increase your risk for ingrown nails.
- Stiffness and weakness – Many people develop stiffness in their joints as they age, which can make normal movement more challenging. At the same time, muscles weaken and can have trouble supporting you.