Did you know that the foot contains 26 small bones, 30 joints, and a system of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments working together in concert? That’s one complex structure!
Most people take an average of around 6,000 steps per day, which translates to over 2 million steps per year! With each step, you may be placing 1 – 1.5 times your body weight on your feet.
Normal foot aging impacts our health
Our feet work hard and the constant stress can result in foot changes as we age:
- The arch becomes less pronounced and the foot flattens under pressure.
- The foot lengthens and becomes wider.
- The heel pad begins to thin out, reducing shock absorption.
- The ankle and foot lose range of motion.
You may experience these naturally-occurring changes along with other more serious foot conditions as you age, but there is some good news in all of this. With the right foot care, you can keep your feet healthy and continue to be active for years to come.
Foot problems can have a domino effect, leading to knee, hip, and lower back issues. This is why it’s important to take your foot health seriously and practice preventive measures. After all, you want to make sure your feet can continue to take you where you need to go!
How can I take care of my feet?
Proper foot care can help ensure everyday comfort and reduce your risk of developing foot conditions. In order to protect your feet, make sure you:
1.) Choose shoes that fit well and provide comfort:
Your shoes (with or without insoles) should provide enough cushioning and support for your everyday activities. They should also fit the length, width and shape of your foot.
2.) Shop for shoes later in the day:
Our feet tend to swell during the course of the day. Try on shoes at the end of the day to ensure a good fit from morning to night.
3.) Practice good foot hygiene:
Wash your feet regularly with warm water and soap, rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a towel. Follow with a rich moisturizer. Cut your toenails straight across, taking care not cut them too short.
4.) Check your feet regularly:
Look for redness, blisters, cuts and sores. Be sure to see a healthcare provider if there are any unusual sores that aren’t healing.