Time Takes a Toll on Your Feet
Your feet change as you age. They grow in multiple dimensions - in length due to less strength in the plantar fascia, but they also spread in width. They change in other ways also. Your skin around your feet becomes thinner as you age. Therefore, shoes that you have been wearing may not provide enough cushioning to keep you comfortable. An athletic type shoe will provide a bit more comfort for an elderly patient.
As you age, your feet lose strength as well as flexibility. This is most noticeable in the plantar fascia an Achilles tendon area. The weakening of muscles and tendons results in increased pronation and most likely pain. To counteract the effects of normal aging, the average person needs a shoe that provides greater support in the arch, better heel control and a slight rise to the heel. Although there may be better choices in shoes available, this is not always enough. At some point you may need the assistance of orthotics or insoles that will help with the gait alterations that occur as you age.
What’s causes my feet to change?
- Thinning skin
- Loss of fat pads in heel and ball of foot
- Increase of fat around ankles
- Cumulative wear on tendons and ligaments
- Arthritic changes
Now is the time to see your podiatrist for a complete foot evaluation and assessment of the way you move. Motion control orthotics may be just what you need to help you regain your balance and get pain relief. Custom orthotics are molded specifically to your foot for your individual situation.
Insoles for your Soles is another fantastic treatment option offered at Dallas Podiatry Works. This treatment can restore padding to the ball of your foot so you can wear the latest styles of shoes you see when you window shop! It is an FDA approved filler and we would love to tell you more about it.
Don’t wait any longer! Drs. Brook and Northcutt are highly respected podiatrists and have the ability to offer an accurate diagnosis and solution to your problem. Whether you require insoles, custom orthotics or special shoes, they can help with that determination. Call the Dallas office at (972) 566-7474 or Plano (972) 943-3323 and let’s put an end to your foot pain!
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