Age-Related Foot Changes

Age-Related Foot Changes

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Age-Related Foot Changes

Topic Overview

Normal changes occur in your feet as you age.

  • Feet tend to spread, possibly causing shoe size to change. Have your feet measured each time you buy shoes. Do not assume that your shoe size has not changed.
  • The bottoms of the feet lose the fatty pads (especially the heel pad) that cushion the feet.
  • Skin becomes thinner and less elastic and may get injured or infected more easily.
  • Ligaments and tendons lose their ability to stretch normally (elasticity).
  • Nails tend to get thick and brittle.

Medical conditions such as obesity , arthritis , diabetes , and poor circulation (in either the veins or arteries of the legs) may increase the risk of foot problems.

Credits

Current as of: June 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine

Gavin W.G. Chalmers DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery