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A Guide to Your Aging Feet

By Sara Butler

You always need to put your best foot forward, no matter how old you are. But as you get older, so do your feet. Taking care of your feet is important to help you stay pain-free and mobile, enjoying all the activities you've come to love such as gardening, shopping, or taking a walk with friends. Here are a few tips to help you care for your aging feet.

Minimize Problems

Being proactive as you get older in caring for your feet goes a long way. A lot of people don't consider the health of their feet until a problem pops up, but doing small things every day to care for your achin' bacon can help you avoid problems down the road.

The Institute for Preventative Foot Health suggests that you do these things each day:

  • Wash and dry your feet
  • Wear new, clean socks
  • Clean the outside and inside of your shoes
  • Rotate which shoes you wear, never wearing the same pair two days in a row
  • Buy shoes that fit your feet properly
  • Avoid not wearing shoes in public
  • Check your feet for blisters, painful bumps, or other issues

It's also important to trim your toenails regularly -- at least every two weeks. Trim your nails straight across so that you can avoid ingrown toenails too.

Buy the Right Shoes

You put shoes on your feet every day, so make sure they're the right kind for you! That doesn't mean you need to buy shoes like your Aunt Kate that are orthopedic (and look it!) but it does mean that putting care and attention toward the shoes you buy can make a big difference in foot health.

Many common foot problems such as overpronation and flat feet can be addressed adequately through a good pair of shoes. In fact, buying properly fitting shoes can also improve your balance to help prevent falls.

Always shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are a little larger. Also, make sure to select shoes that give you plenty of room in the heel at and the toes. Shoes should feel supportive and comfortable from the get-go if they're the right shoes for your feet.

If you need a few more tips about buying the right type of shoe, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help. They can answer all your questions and help you understand how to care for your aging feet.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sandy, Utah.

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