Do our feet change in middle age?
Like the face yes our feet certainly age and change. For instance are you having to select a larger shoe size? Unable to wear certain types of shoes anymore?
As we age, feet get wider. There is a change in the elasticity – soft issues especially the ligaments becomes less tight, causing an increased width, reduction in the the arches and increased protuberances noted particularly in the bony tissues. The fatty padding starts to migrate and in some cases the shape of the foot can dramatically change.
The wear and tear taking place in other parts of the body is likewise also taking place in the feet and ankles – arthritis and pain in the foot. Our feet now need more support benefitting from changes in footwear and much more supportive footwear.
As we age, many factors can contribute to alterations in the structure and function of our feet. Here are other common changes that may occur in a middle aged foot:
- Fat pad thinning – The fat pads that cushion the soles of the feet tend to thin out with age, resulting in reduced shock absorption and potential discomfort while walking or standing.
- Stiffening joints – The joints in the feet, such as those in the toes and ankles, may become stiffer, making it harder to move the feet and potentially leading to conditions like arthritis.
- Bunions and hammertoes – These are deformities that can develop or worsen with age. Bunions occur when the big toe deviates toward the other toes, causing a bony protrusion on the side of the foot. Hammertoes involve an abnormal bending of the smaller toes, creating a hammer-like appearance.
- Circulation issues – Blood circulation may become less efficient as we age. Reduced circulation can affect the feet, leading to cold feet, numbness, or increased vulnerability to foot problems.
It’s important to note that not everyone will experience the same changes. Some individuals may be more prone to certain foot conditions due to genetic factors, lifestyle, or other influences.
Are you suffering from any foot conditions? At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000.
We hope you have a feetastic day!
-The Chelsea Clinic and Team