Older Foot Health

A key to independence is the ability to move about unassisted, but for thousands of older people, foot and ankle problems may prevent pain-free mobility. In fact, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics reports that lower extremity impairments-like ailments of the feet and ankles-are ranked as the top cause of activity limitation for older adults.

Although heredity is to blame for some foot conditions, many foot ailments are the product of a lifetime of over-stressed and neglected feet. But your feet don't need to hurt, and many of the over 300 different foot ailments may be treated or even prevented. 

Make your feet a priority

Make caring for your feet part of your regular routine, and your should enjoy no limits to your activities or exercise. Here are a few simple guidelines that people of all ages will benefit from: 

  • Wash and dry your feet carefully each day, inspecting them for any changes such as redness, swelling, sores, or cracks. 
  • As we age, our toenails thicken; if you can't cut yours straight across by yourself, see a professional for help. 
  • See a professional for relief from corns and calluses, which are common among older adults. 
  • Make sure your shoes fit properly, and that you wear the correct shoes and socks for each activity.
  • Shop for new shoes in the afternoon or evening, when feet are at their largest. 
  • Stretch and be active each day to maintain proper circulation. 
  • As you age, have your foot size checked regularly, since feet spread and may even slightly change in their structure over the years. 
  • Make an appointment with your podiatric physician at least twice a year. 

Jaclyn Visbeen

Jaclyn Visbeen is a freelance marketing specialist offering website, branding, photography, copywriting, design, creative direction, campaign, eMarketing, and social media services.

Jaclyn was most recently employed by AUXILIARY Advertising & Design in Grand Rapids, MI as a copywriter. She taught academic writing and communications classes at Dorset College Dublin during the 2014-15 school year and, prior to that, spent four years as the digital marketing manager at Cornerstone University. Along with various other marketing positions, she has also has experience in TV, radio, and print journalism.

Jaclyn is currently living in Dublin, Ireland.


MSc in Digital Media, Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland

MA in Applied Linguistics, 2013, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI

BA in Broadcast Journalism, 2007, Biola University, Los Angeles, CA