Your feet really do an incredible job supporting your weight and activities as you go about your days, but unfortunately you will notice an increase in foot and ankle problems like arthritis and tendonitis as the components of your body wear out. Many of these changes occur slowly, so if you pay attention to your feet and seek assistance from your foot doctor you, can mitigate and even prevent some of the complications that could otherwise be something of a surprise.
4 changes you may notice in your feet and ankles as you age include the following:
- Your feet will expand—The components that hold your feet and ankles together, including tendons and ligaments, stretch and expand, as you get older. In fact, your feet can easily increase a half size or more due to stress, pressure, and gravity.
- Increased occurrence of bacterial and fungal infections—Since circulation problems and immune irregularities become more common with age, you may experience more bacterial and fungal infections on your feet including fungal toenails and athlete’s foot.
- Arthritis—As your joints age, stiffness and swelling caused by various types of arthritis can really take a toll on your feet and ankles.
- Fluid retention in the feet and ankles—Side effects from medications, circulation problems, and other diseases can cause fluid to build up in the feet and ankles.
Making more frequent visits to your foot doctor as you age is a great way to notice and treat problems before they worsen. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.