Topic Overview

Normal changes occur in your feet as you age.

  • Feet tend to spread, possibly causing shoe size
    to change. Have your feet measured each time you buy shoes. Do not assume that
    your shoe size has not changed.
  • The bottoms of the feet lose the
    fatty pads (especially the heel pad) that cushion the feet.
  • Skin
    becomes thinner and less elastic and may get injured or infected more
  • Ligaments and
    tendons lose their ability to stretch normally
  • Nails tend to get thick and brittle.

Medical conditions such as
diabetes, and poor circulation (in either the veins or
arteries of the legs) may increase the risk of foot problems.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O’Connor, MD – Emergency Medicine
Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM – Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery

Current as ofMarch 21, 2017