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Back when baby boomers were younger, they were stylin' pointy toe shoes, stilettos, and much more. Today, baby boomers are wearing everything from flip-flops, heels, running shoes, and hiking boots. Footwear isn't dictated by age anymore, but activity and fashion sense of the wearer.
But like with everything, our feet change with age. Because of this, the steps baby boomers take should be with our foot health in mind.
Joseph Caporusso, DPM, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association, says, "While staying active is a great way to preserve overall health and can positively impact foot health, aging can naturally increase the risk of certain foot ailments. It's important to know the symptoms of age-related foot ailments and take steps to minimize their impact on your overall health."
Those over the age of 50 are most prone to develop arthritis. The feet are susceptible to this painful inflammation of the joints and cartilage because each foot has 33 joints, all of which bear the full weight of the body each day. Arthritic feet can lead to a loss of mobility if the condition is not treated. Causes of arthritis range from heredity to injuries to bacterial or viral infections that affect the joints. If you experience the following symptoms, it's time to make an appointment with a podiatrist:
- Swelling in one or more joints.
- Recurring pain or tenderness in the joint.
- Redness or heat in the joint.
- Loss of mobility in a joint.
- Stiffness in the early morning.
- Skin changes, like rashes or growths.
More than 26 million Americans have diabetes and foot complications are common. Proper diet, exercise, medical care, and careful home management can help those with diabetes avoid serious foot complications, like wounds, ulcers, and even worse, amputations. Those with diabetes should follow these tips to avoid complications:
- Inspecting their feet daily.
- Exercising daily.
- Wear thick, soft socks without seams that rub or cause blisters.
- Having new shoes properly measured and fitted.
- Avoiding going barefoot.
- Having regular appointments for treatment of calluses, corns or warts, rather than treating these conditions by yourself.
High Blood Pressure
Hypertension can be related to a buildup of plaque in blood vessels, which can lead to decreased circulation in the legs and feet. Poor circulation can develop into open wounds on the skin of the feet. Symptoms of poor circulation in the feet include: cramping, sores that take a long time to heal, changes in the color or temperature of the feet, and loss of hair on the feet and legs.
Heel pain can be caused by walking gait abnormalities, an injury, wearing poorly constructed footwear, or being overweight. Heel pain is easily treated by podiatrists, who will examine the heel, and may take X-rays to rule out bone problems as the source of pain. Treatment will include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, shoe modifications, orthotics, taping, and stretching.To reduce your risk of developing heel pain, wear shoes that fit well and have shock absorbent soles, rigid shanks, and supportive heel counters. Wear the right shoe for the right activity and warm-up before participating in any sports activity.
"Foot pain does not need to be an inevitable part of growing older. Wearing the right type of footwear for your needs, and paying attention to foot health can help keep boomers moving into their senior years," says Caporusso.
If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.
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Remember the days when you could walk out of the house, strutting your stuff, in pointy toe shoes or sky high stilettos? Now you're looking at shoe options that remind you of something your grandmother would have worn. Are these really the only options you have for footwear?
Just because your feet have aged doesn't mean that you stopped loving shoes. Baby boomers are getting to the point in their lives where they can't stand the pain some types of shoes bring, but still want some bling and pizzazz on their lower extremities. Kenneth Cole recently told Elle magazine "When a woman puts on a pair of shoes in the morning, she is making a commitment that's going to last all day."
Therefore, there is a huge opportunity for shoe designers and makers to create shoes that are not only comfortable but pretty as well for the Baby Boomer. The ideal shoe for the aging foot has a wide toe box and a narrow heel. But have you seen that type of shoe on the market? Most of them are ugly.
When we purchase shoes that are too tight in the toes but fit the heel, we squish our toes and create foot deformities. On the other hand, if we purchase shoes that fit the toes but are too big in the heel, they slide off our feet and set us up to trip and fall. Meryl Streep lost her Jimmy Choo heel as she climbed the stairs at the British Academy of Film and Television to receive her award. New York City police are even investigating the death of a young woman who died after falling down a flight of stairs in very high heels.
At every price point you can find shoes that are comfortable and affordable. Wedges, platforms, and low chunky heels give you the height of a stiletto without the pain. Taryn Rose, a shoe label created by a podiatrist turned designer has high-end, comfortable high fashion shoes. Ferragamo has also ventured into comfortable shoes, but neither company has that as a selling point. Both companies gave less than satisfactory responses when asked about their plans to design shoes with more comfort in mind. Taryn Rose did not respond and Trisha Gregory, director of public relations for Salvatore Ferragamo said "If the nature of your piece is based on comfort and shoes for professionals in the baby boomer sector, we must decline."
Remember when going shoe shopping, go in the late afternoon or evening, as your feet have swollen throughout the day, sometimes up to a half size. Fit your shoes to the larger foot of the two.
And remember too- just because you're in your "golden days" doesn't mean your shoe selection has to be golden too. If you are a baby boomer experiencing a foot problem, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Podiatrists in CT