Research suggests that two thirds of people over 65 have foot problems. As we get older changes can occur in our feet. Feet can change in shape and size, become drier, we may lose some of the fatty padding at the base of our feet and hard skin may develop. These changes can cause discomfort and pain.
Looking after your feet is important:
- Have a good foot regime
- Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water
- Dry thoroughly, especially between the toes
- Any minor cuts or abrasions should be covered with a clean dry dressing
- Apply moisturising cream daily
Wear the correct shoe size
Many people do not wear the correct shoe size for their feet. The reason for this may be that people stick to the size they were measured for when they were younger and fail to realise that their feet may change shape as they get older. The following are guidelines for a good shoe.
- Leather or suede upper with a cushioned sole
- Laces, buckles or Velcro straps
- Is long enough with a square toe
- Has a wide heel base with a heel no higher than 2.5cm, an expensive shoe is not necessarily a good shoe.
Check your feet for any changes in colour, pain, unusual swelling, breaks in the skin, heat and pus. If you notice any changes, check with your practice nurse, GP or your NHS or private HPC registered Podiatrist, especially if you are a diabetic.