Foot pain and problems become more common as we get older. These might be any of the following:

  • Persistent foot pain
  • Corns
  • Bunions
  • Nail problems
  • Hammer or clawed toes
  • Arthritis in the foot
  • Crossed toes

iStock_22676733_XXXLARGEPersistent foot pain is one of the most serious problems and according to the latest research, it affects about 1 in 4 people over the age of 45 with another 1 in 6 having
persistent ankle pain. [1] People with foot and ankle pain due to arthritis often have arthritis affecting other joints too, particularly knees and hips. Ongoing foot pain is most common in the toes and forefoot areas. The bad news is this type of foot pain can limit your daily activities and even impair balance [2] and increase risk of falls. The good news is that regular footcare, appropriate footwear and use of foot orthoses are effective in reducing foot pain and improving mobility. [3]

We know that older people with more pronated feet can have more problems with balance and general activity.[2] It is important to ensure that you minimise your falls risk by having good, stable footwear and additional support if required, by using foot orthoses. Your balance can also be improved by improving the strength of particular muscles and improving the function of the joints within the foot and ankle. Our podiatrists can advise you about what is needed to improve your foot function to enhance your balance.

Conditions such as Diabetes and circulation problems also become more prevalent in older age groups. Keeping active as we get older, is a great way to help prevent or manage some of these health problems and at FootMotion we aim to help you do this comfortably and safely. If you have diabetes or suspect your circulation in the feet isn’t ideal you should make an appointment to have your feet thoroughly checked by our podiatrists.

Taking care of your feet can get harder as you get older. Your nails may be getting thicker and harder to cut, or you are unable to reach down or see your feet well enough to care for your feet safely. The soles of your feet may also feel less padded and you may feel corns and callouses more than you used to. For some people, corns and callouses can become quite painful.

At FootMotion we are experts at diagnosing and treating foot problems related to ageing. Whether its as simple as providing gentle assistance for care of your nails and callouses or giving you a comprehensive plan for solving foot pain, we use our extensive clinical experience and skills to give you the help you need.

For more information about how we can help you, click any of the above links or look at our Services or Conditions tabs for more specific information.

  1. Menz, H.B., et al., Foot Pain and Pronated Foot Type Are Associated with Self-Reported Mobility Limitations in Older Adults: The Framingham Foot Study. Gerontology, 2016. 62(3): p. 289-295. [2]
  2. Menz, H.B., Chronic foot pain in older people. Maturitas, 2016. 91: p. 110-114.[3]
  3. Mickle, K.J. and J.R. Steele, Obese older adults suffer foot pain and foot-related functional limitation. Gait & Posture, 2015. 42(4): p. 442-447.
  4. Thomas, M.J., et al., The population prevalence of foot and ankle pain in middle and old age: a systematic review. Pain, 2011. 152(12): p. 2870-2880. [1]
  5. Menz, H.B., E.L.M. Barr, and W.J. Brown, Predictors and persistence of foot problems in women aged 70 years and over: a prospective study. Maturitas, 2011. 68(1): p. 83-87.
  6. Dunn, J.E., et al., Prevalence of foot and ankle conditions in a multiethnic community sample of older adults. American Journal Of Epidemiology, 2004. 159(5): p. 491-498.