Why your feet could be the secret to healthy ageing

Podiatry healthy ageing foot health

Forget the fancy face creams – the secret to healthy ageing may be stuffed inside your shoes.

As our feet grow older, they naturally develop more problems. Approximately 1 in 5 Australians will suffer from foot pain, with problems becoming more prevalent with age. If left unchecked, these problems can lead to significant discomfort and even loss of mobility.

Fortunately, painful feet are not something you have to put up with. A lot can be done to improve comfort, relieve pain and keep you on your feet for life.

5 simple ways to take care of your feet

1. Maintain good foot hygiene

  • thoroughly wash and dry between your toes
  • cut nails straight across – never cut into the corner as this can cause ingrown toenails
  • keep your skin healthy by using foot cream every day.

2. Be aware of the warning signs
The condition of our feet often provides early indications of conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or circulatory disease. Inspect your feet regularly. If you notice dry skin, brittle nails, burning and tingling sensations, feelings of cold, numbness and/or discoloration, see a podiatrist.

3. Wear well-fitted shoes
The wrong shoes can cause serious problems. Have your feet measured and avoid loose fitting shoes/slippers and thongs.

4. Walking is the best medicine
If you’re experiencing discomfort, you may be tempted to stay off your feet. But walking is your feet’s best friend. Walking not only improves balance, coordination, and physical and mental health, it also strengthens bones and muscles and improves heart health and circulation.

5. Have regular check-ups with your podiatrist
A podiatrist can keep your feet healthy, prevent, diagnose and treat medical conditions, and help you stay active, especially as you get older. Find out about Connect Health & Community's podiatry services here.

You may also like

  • Mental Health Royal Commission Submission

    Connect Health & Community has submitted a response to the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into the Victoria’s Mental Health System. Our input was made possible thanks to invaluable input from our community and staff.

    Read More
  • Neighbour Day - a great way to connect with your community

    Connect Health & Community is encouraging members of our community to participate in this year’s ‘Neighbour Day’ on 31 March - Australia’s annual celebration of community that encourages us to connect with those who live nearby.

    Read More
  • New community network to help prevent suicide

    Australian of the Year and renowned youth mental health advocate, Professor Patrick McGorry, has lent his support to a new Suicide Prevention Network, created by Connect Health & Community, Wesley LifeForce and HeadSpace. The network will be launched on Wednesday, 3 April.

    Read More
Speech Pathology for Kids

Speech Pathology for Kids

Speech pathologists provide assessment and management of communication, swallowing and feeding difficulties.

Read More
Community Transport

Community Transport

We have been offering safe and quality door-to-door transport options to our community since 1975.

Read More
Occupational Therapy Week 21-27 October

Occupational Therapy Week 21-27 October

We provide Occupational Therapy to help children, adults and those experiencing mental health issues, to achieve their full potential.

Read More