Growing older can be hard on the body, but it can be even harder on the feet. When you consider all the painful conditions that could plague the human foot, it might make you want to stay off yours for the rest of your days. Fortunately, some of these conditions are avoidable and treatable. Others aren’t so easy to overcome. Read on to learn about each one and what you might do now to keep your feet as healthy as possible at every age.
17. Plantar Fasciitis
The arch-supporting ligament that runs inside your foot from toes to heel is called the plantar fascia. Years of activity and weight on our feet can eventually cause plantar fascia stiffness, irritation and pain — a condition called plantar fasciitis. Overweight individuals and those with high arches are particularly susceptible to plantar fasciitis as they age. At-home treatments for these symptoms can include icing the feet and doing daily calf muscle stretches. If the pain persists, ask your doctor if they recommend an over-the-counter medication to help easy the pain and discomfort.
16. Fat Pad Atrophy
Did you know that the bones of your feet are protected from harm by pads of fat? This important cushioning can wear away as we age. When it does, walking or standing for long periods can cause pain in the ball and heel of the foot. An easy solution is to get orthopedic padding for your shoes. Or, to get some of that padding back without the aid of padded shoes, fat filler can be injected into the feet to replace the original fat padding that has worn away.