Your body is always changing and adapting, regardless of age. Its ability to adapt to internal factors, such as health conditions and external factors, such as environment and living conditions is amazing.
Changes in the feet are often not discussed as often as changes in other parts of the body. As a person advances in years, it is worth paying more attention to one’s feet in order to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.
Common Foot Problems
Age-related foot problems may occur as you advance in age. Years of impact on the feet from walking and doing physical activities may cause the bottom surface of the feet to lose cushioning, especially in the heel pad. The skin may also become thinner and lose elasticity, which increases the risk of infections and injuries.
The ligaments and tendons in the foot and ankle may not stretch and contract normally, causing loss of elasticity. For instance, if the plantar fascia ligament, that runs through the bottom of the foot, loses elasticity, it may not be able to support the foot arch properly. This could cause the foot arch to collapse under bodyweight, which can create abnormal movements in the foot and ankle.
These abnormal movements may impact the posture from the feet up. As the foot arch collapses, it causes an internal twist of the shin bone and thigh bone which stresses the knees, hips, and the lower back. In addition, excessive foot movements while walking or doing physical activity may increase the risk of ankle sprains.
Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and obesity may also increase the risk of foot problems. Coupled with sedentary lifestyles and general lack of physical activity, these things can start to catch up as the years go on.
Managing Foot Problems
Improved understanding of how your body changes over time can allow you to manage or avoid age-related foot problems. Movement is a key preventative strategy for not only foot problems, but many other health issues. Incorporating appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises, active living and healthy eating will benefit everyone.
If you have foot problems, then visit a foot specialist for a complete examination and diagnosis. Many foot specialists today recommend foot insoles, such as MASS4D®, to support the feet in their optimal posture and remove excessive stress from the ankles, knees and hips caused by poor posture.
MASS4D® foot insoles provide adequate cushioning to the feet and control unwanted foot movements that may increase the risk of twist and fall injuries. They are completely capable of providing optimal support to your feet and help you pursue active lifestyle goals.
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