Foot & Ankle Problems That Occur With Age

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The average pair of feet takes a serious beating over the course of a lifetime with the average person taking enough steps to walk around the earth five times! All of this wear and tear takes a toll on your poor feet as you get older, which is why you should make regular yearly visits with your foot doctor a priority.

Some largely unavoidable effects of aging on your feet include the following:

●     An increase in skin and toenail problems - Your skin becomes dryer and less pliable as you get older often resulting in heel calluses and corns. Warts, blisters, and lesions may also develop and should always be evaluated to rule out malignant melanoma.  Your toenails become more brittle and much thicker making them harder to trim correctly. A major cause of ingrown toenails and fungal or bacterial infections is improperly cut toenails.

●     A general weakening of tendons, ligaments, and muscles - As these components lose their strength and resilience, many different ailments can arise including tendonitis, arch problems, and ankle sprains or strains.

●     Arthritic conditions - Various types of arthritis and gout become more common as you get older with the big toe and ankle joint often severely affected. Arthritis also exacerbates other foot conditions including bunions and hammertoes.

●     Peripheral swelling – Age-related changes to hormone levels, circulatory issues such as peripheral artery disease, and the side effects of some medications can increase edema (fluid retention) in the feet and ankles.

If you would like to get your age-related foot and ankle problems under control, see your podiatrist. At Monroe Foot & Ankle, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, flat feet and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.