It's normal for people to experience some foot problems as they get older. But problems with feet can also indicate more serious medical conditions, particularly among older adults. Health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, and circulatory disorders, may first show themselves by affecting the feet, so it’s important to check them regularly, and seek medical attention if you notice a problem.
Foot care tips for seniors:
- Check your feet regularly or have a member of your family check them for you.
- Encourage good circulation by putting your feet up when sitting or lying down, and stretching if you've had to sit for long periods. A massage or warm foot bath can also be very good for circulation.
- Avoid smoking, which decreases blood supply and increases the chance of other circulatory problems.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit well.
- Avoid exposing the feet to cold temperatures.