Aching feet

Aching feet

Up to one-third of adults ages 65 and older regularly experience foot pain, according to a 2019 study in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

One age-related factor may be osteoarthritis, a wearing away of cartilage, often between your foot joints, says Sean Peden, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon at Yale Medicine in Stamford, Conn. “Another big one is neuropathy, which is like arthritis for your nerves,” and can lead to feet that are sensitive, achy or numb, he says.

Many people also lose some of the cushioning on the bottom of their feet as they age. “This causes you to walk on the bones of your feet, rather than on fat padding, which causes pain,” Peden says.

Ease the pain: First, invest in the right footwear. “I recommend a shoe with a relatively hard sole that’s cushioned and soft in the middle, like Birkenstocks or sturdy sneakers,” Peden says.

Stretching is a good idea, too, he says, adding that muscles tighten with age, leading to sore foot muscles and tendons. He recommends calf and sitting hamstring stretches. “When these muscles are loose,” he says, “they put less stress on the foot.”

For foot osteoarthritis, try rubbing on an OTC anti-inflammatory cream like Voltaren. For tingling, numbness or weakness, physical therapy could help by stimulating nerves. And for pain caused by the loss of fat in the pads of your feet, consider using padded shoes or shoe ­inserts, or wearing cushioned socks.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures (tiny cracks in a bone) are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Experiencing pain in your feet while walking/exercising which goes away while resting is said to be a sign.
While they are usually considered to be a sign of osteoporosis, they can also occur due to the lack of nutrients, poor footwear, certain sports, suddenly shifting from a sedentary lifestyle to intense training, and more.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

When an individual develops peripheral arterial disease (PAD), they experience a reduction in the amount of blood that flows to their legs. Sometimes, it may occur due to a build-up of fatty deposits within the walls of the arteries. 
“Signs of PAD can include decreased hair growth on the feet and ankles, purplish toes, and thin or shiny skin,” said Dr. Suzanne Fuchs, a podiatric surgeon at the North Shore University Hospital in New York.



“Many, many people with diabetes are diagnosed first because of foot problems,” said Marlene Reid, a foot specialist based in Illinois.
Experiencing pain or tingling sensations in your feet can be one of the early symptoms of diabetes. Aside from numbness, some may also complain about sores, cuts, and wounds on their feet that do not heal. This occurs due to the high levels of blood sugar which can eventually lead to nerve damage if not controlled.

Barefoot walking during Covid19

During this time of isolation many people are working from home. As a result they are either in socks or barefoot. If you are standing for more than 20 minutes on hard surfaces you should be wearing shoes. This will prevent foot discomfort and pain.

Helping the homeless

Many of the foot conditions in our homeless populations are highly preventable. We can all help by having packages of socks in our cars or briefcases to distribute to the homeless people we meet each and every day.