8 Foot Issues to Be Aware of in Aging Feet

1. Fat Pad Stagnation

While many elderly people struggle with the buildup of weight and fat, some actually experience foot padding loss. This can become unpleasant because each stride is cushioned by the pads on the ball and heel of your foot.

Wearing DrLuigi medical shoes, using orthotics, or getting filler injections to replace the pad are all examples of traditional therapeutic approaches.

2. Morton’s neuroma

A neuroma is a benign development that thickens and inflames nerve tissue rather than being a tumor. A neuroma known as Morton’s neuroma produces foot pain in the ball of the foot (usually between the third and fourth toes).

A Morton’s neuroma is sometimes compared to a large fold in your sock that you are continually walking on, the sensation of standing on a pebble in your shoe, or shooting pain. Numbness or scorching pain in your foot could also be present.

3. Scuffed heels

Healthy feet normally have thick, flexible soles that are sturdy enough to withstand the demands of walking and stepping on surfaces with different textures and temperatures. Your feet, especially your heels, might dry out and become ashy and cracked if you haven’t been particularly vigilant about maintaining their health.

Walking on cracked heels can be painful, and the skin is more likely to rip and bleed than on healthy heels. Infections can result from open wounds on your foot.

4. Plantar fasciitis and heel pain

Heel pain and plantar fasciitis are two of the most common reasons why people go to podiatrists. Even though plantar heel pain seems to be the most common in this group, posterior heel pain is a big part of heel pain syndrome and can’t be ignored.

5. Ingrown Toenail

Onychocryptosis, also known as an ingrown toenail, is a frequent discomfort caused by the nail curling down into the skin around it as it grows. It’s interesting to note that barefoot cultures don’t experience ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails, which are most common in the big toe, can be uncomfortable and show signs of infection, swelling, and redness (yellow drainage). Most ingrown toenails go away on their own, but if the problem is severe or keeps coming back, you may need to see a doctor.

6. Corns

Corn typically develops over a bone or joint on the top of the foot or the tips of the toes. The thick, dense knot that grows over the area of the corn that experiences the most compression or friction from your shoe is its core. Corns can be uncomfortable and make it more difficult to run or stroll in your shoes.

Soft corns are pliable and gentle and are typically seen on the delicate skin in the space between the toes. Corns can also be hard. They are susceptible to infection and are kept wet by sweat. Hard corns develop around the margins and knobby toe knuckles, where they are tougher and drier. Most people wear too-tight shoes, which results in corns.

7. Calluses

In response to excessive rubbing and friction, calluses form. It appears as a flat, rough coating of dull yellow skin that is typically found on the bottom of the foot. A callus is uniformly thick, unlike a corn. Sometimes calluses can hurt or make walking more challenging.

The majority of calluses develop when the foot doesn’t fit comfortably in the shoe, leaving room for the foot to move around and rub against the inside of the shoe. In rare circumstances, difficulties walking can cause a callus to develop. Your motion may alter how your foot glides through your shoe, resulting in a new point of friction where a callus may form.

8. Bunions

Where the big toe and the innermost bone of the foot meet, a bunion often presents as a bony lump on the inside edge of the foot.

The first metatarsal’s head protrudes on the inside of the foot, close to the big toe joint, causing the noticeable hump to form. A tailor’s bunion is referred to as such when it appears at the base of the little toe.

Bunions are one of the most common foot problems. Between 25% and 33% of adults have them. Although not everyone with a bunion has family members who also have them, there is a genetic component to them. Women and elderly people are more likely to get bunions.