As you get older the bones and joints in your feet change their shape, feet tend to spread and loose the fatty, shock absorbent cushion underneath and the skin becomes drier and thinner. There are simple things you can do to help manage this.
Wear footwear that is correctly fitted to reflect your changing foot shape. This will help reduce foot problems and improve your balance and stability.
Avoid plastic shoes so that your feet can breathe properly to help avoid fungal infections.
Keeping your feet clean
Wash your feet daily in warm soapy water, rinse and dry well. You may need to apply a foot cream. Trim your toenails regularly, cutting straight across and making sure you do not cut too short.
Exercise your feet regularly to tone muscles, strengthen arches and improve blood circulation. If you have diabetes it is even more important to take care of your feet.
There is information and tips on keeping feet healthy as you get older on the Age.UK website.
Podiatrists and chiropodists can provide advice and treatment if you have painful feet, or any other foot-related problem. Some people may qualify for NHS podiatry treatment. To find out more speak to your doctor.
You can find information about foot problems and the podiatrist and find a local podiatrist service on the NHS Choices website. There is also information about looking after your feet if you have diabetes.
Age UK Somerset also has a toenail cutting service. If you are over 60 you can be referred to this service by the NHS – phone 0845 643 4705 for more information.