The Failing Feet Of Our Aging Baby Boomers
As You Get Older Foot Problems Appear
Foot pain and foot disorders are common concerns for older people. Foot pain makes it harder to walk and carry out your daily functions, and can interfere with activities such as getting out of a chair or climbing stairs. You may also have trouble with your balance, and your chance of falling increases. Pain that leads to less mobility can result in weight gain, weakness, and decreased heart function. But just because you are getting older, you do not have to put up with foot pain. Being able to walk well is extremely important, since walking is one of the best ways to exercise and keep fit. http://www.healthinaging.org/aging-and-health
As baby boomers stride into their senior years, the feet that stood by them for so long, are wearing out. The baby boomer population is aging.
They danced the night away in nightclubs doing the Twist and Macarena, enduring deadly stilettos, go-go boots and platform shoes. Along with all their steps through life, baby boomers are experiencing a breakdown of their feet when they need to rely on them most. Arches that stood up to thousands of steps fail.
Suffering for fashion
- Straight toes for generations now start to curl.
- Tendons begin to tear after years of using stairs.
- We are limping into an era of bad feet. The average American and Canadian is now older and heavier than any time previously in history.
- Age and weight are hard on the joints and affect many other body parts. Our feet, being the foundation of the body, take on more stress than any other structure in the body.
- The foot is very mechanical and has a load limit.
- High stress practices, from running to wearing fashionable or uncomfortable shoes, take a toll after time.
Women who wear high heels, often wear the wrong size shoe and report the most foot pain. Most women mentioned style as their reason for wearing painful shoes. https://feetfirstarchsupports.com/shoes-say-lot/
The arch is supported by the posterior labial tendon, which runs from the calf, past the inside of the ankle. Overtime, stress can stretch the tendon until the arch begins to sag, making the foot longer and wider. This occurs as the arch drops. You need to accommodate the middle age spread by changing the shoe size that you are used to wearing. Improper fitted shoes can increase the risk of pinched nerves, hammer toes or bunions from the shoe rubbing or squeezing the foot.
If the tendon tears or stretches, the arch can collapse. This can cause flat feet, a more serious problem in which the feet ache and the ankles roll inwards.
AGE LINKED WOES
Fallen arches are just one of many age-related foot problems. Time can also twist lesser toes, says Doctor Michael Kennedy, a Health and Science University Orthopedist. Opposing muscles usually balance to hold the toes in place, says Kennedy. But over the years, the bigger outer muscle can overpower the weaker, inner muscles, causing toes to bend up at the first point (hammertoe) or last (mallet toe), or even curl into a claw toe.
Years of wearing shoes that are too tight can also worsen bunions, a flaw which makes bony bumps that misalign the big toe. Extra weight contributes to a few serious foot problems. One is plantar fasciitis, a leading cause of heel pain commonly seen in overweight people. With plantar fasciitis, a heel-to-toe of tissues called the plantar fasciitis, become inflamed, causing pain, especially in the morning.
Observance and early care are good practice for all foot woes. When caught early, many foot problems can be treated with modest measures including supportive shoes and inserts called orthotics. Simply switching to comfortable, well-fitted shoes can ease many foot ailments. Left untreated, foot problems can affect your everyday quality of life. The foot is the body’s shock absorber.
If the feet are not in balance, people change their gait and shift stress to their hips or back, causing further injury. Your feet need some care in order to heal.
So take care of your feet
Disclaimer: I am happy to share my experiences and the results of this study with the hope that some people will find it helpful. I am not a doctor and nothing written here should be taken as professional medical advice. For liability reasons, if you ask me for medical advice, then I will recommend you to consult a doctor.
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