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.

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