Why do older people have more foot problems?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Jan 04, 2018
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Foot Orthotics, The Foot Lab, Edmonton

What are the two most common ones?

Great question! As we age we lose elasticity in tendons and ligaments, we lose muscle mass and also the number of fibers in the muscle, and we lose bone mass too.

All these factors affect the health of our feet, the most common foot problems in the elderly population are:

Metatarsalgia: Pain under the ball of the foot especially when walking in hard surfaces.

Bunions: is a bump that protrudes out on the joint at the base of your big toe. It starts to form when your big toe pushes against your second toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out.

Hammer toes: is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward.  This can be caused by arthritis or wearing tight fitting shoes.

The very best way to keep your feet healthy as long as possible is to stay active, have a positive attitude, and eat a healthy diet. These 3 things will keep your feet going much longer and your health will benefit overall 

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website http://www.footlab.ca/ 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.