One of the benefits and important parts of retirement is the ability to pick up hobbies. Once you’re no longer working, you should have something to engage your mind and invest your energy in. This is important for so many facets of your health, which already changes a lot as you get older. You see changes in so many areas, including your foot health—and since you need your feet in good shape to stay active and enjoy many hobbies, you really shouldn’t skimp on their care. This is especially true since there are a number of common senior foot conditions that only get more frequent as you age.
People need healthy feet and good foot care at every age, but as you get older, it only grow more important. A lifetime of wear-and-tear, overuse, small injuries, poor shoes, and many other issues do eventually take their toll. This can lead to painful problems that make maintaining your mobility and healthy life a little more challenging. Here are just a few of those common senior foot conditions you should be watching for as you get older:
- Fungal infections – Athlete’s foot and fungal toenails become far more common as you get older. Watch your skin and nails for discoloration and burning or itching sensations.
- Dry and thin skin – Skin thins out as you age, and may dry out more easily. This can lead to uncomfortable cracking. Watch out for itching, peeling, and cracked skin.
- Corns and calluses – Friction on the skin can increase corns and calluses. Beware of dry, thick, waxy patches of skin that may feel uncomfortable.
- Heel pain – Many different issues can create pain in your heels. This tends to be a progressive problem, so don’t wait to get help.
The key is to recognize that no foot pain is normal, and it can be managed. The sooner you address the condition, too, the easier it will be to treat it. Our staff at Family Foot Care & Surgery LLC are experts at caring for feet through all of life’s stages, including the “Golden Years.” Make an appointment at one of our Connecticut offices if you’re concerned any foot problems as you age. Use our website or call: (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office, or (203) 876-7736 for our Milford location.