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We’ve all heard the sayings: when we fall in love, we are “swept off our feet” or when we don’t want to do something we have “cold feet” or that a practical person has “both feet on the ground”. What about when we have ageing feet?

Well, the Greek philosopher Socrates stated “when our feet hurt, we hurt all over” and we couldn’t agree more. Having foot pain is so uncomfortable and unfortunately, feet problems are becoming increasingly prevalent as we get older.

We use them every day and they’ve had years of wear and tear. Just because they may be shoved in your shoes each day doesn’t mean they should be neglected. They are one of the most undervalued parts of our body. Unless your foot is hurting, do you pay much attention to you feet? Be proactive. Start to practice good foot care. You don’t want current problems with your feet to lead to other more serious conditions.


Here are some practical suggestions to help you deal with your ageing feet.


Wear proper shoes

As we get older, the size of your feet can change so be sure to buy the right size shoes – typically your shoe size increases by about half a size! Your feet haven’t grown, they’ve just stretched in length or width so be sure to get your feet measured again before buying a new pair of shoes. Also, this may seem obvious but make sure your shoes are comfy! Your shoes should have plenty of support and cushioning at the heel and around your toes to make up for lost padding in your ageing feet.

Exercise often 

It is also vital to keep blood circulating in your feet as much as possible. When you wear proper shoes for an activity, you will feel much more mobile and able to be on your feet. If you do sit for a long time, try to gently massage your feet or take a warm foot bath to get the blood circulating again.

Invest in orthotics

It may be worth visiting a pediatrist to get special orthotics for your feet. A detailed foot examination can help you get orthotics to help relieve your discomfort and pain associated with ageing feet.

Practice good foot hygiene

No excuses! This may seem obvious but make sure you keep your toenails trimmed and feet clean. After a bath/shower lightly massage your feet with moisturiser to prevent dry/cracking skin. Treat yourself to a pedicure every now and then if you find it difficult to bend and cut your own to toenails – this includes men too! Different eucalyptus oils can help soothe foot discomfort and promote youthful skin structure as well.

Try foot reflexology

Try foot reflexology to provide relief to different aches and pains. This is natural healing process that targets and massages certain reflex points in the feet that correspond to organs in the body. Pinpointing these pressure points helps to alleviate tension in the body and mind. Take a look at this reflexology foot map that shows the areas on the foot and corresponding part to the human body.


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Tell us, do you have problems with your feet? What have you done to help relieve and heal them? 

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  1. I have never under valued my feet. Especially now as the hyper keratosis is even more hyper. Have to see podiatrist every 2 month to have them taken off. Would every month if I could afford it.

  2. I went to a podiatrist in November last year, what a nightmare, have just come off a massive nerve and pain killers after being told there was nothing more could be done by specialists, cause my sciatic nerve to spasm,left hip to toes all out of alignment , referred to chronic pain clinic , left virtually bedridden with a walker. Not taking that there was nothing to be done and live with massive pain relief I found a cranial osteopath, could not believe it, four sessions, pain free, drug free and walking around normal again

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    • I’m a young 60 , could not have imagined my life how it was, I have always looked at alternative therapies , I will do anything to be well and happy.

  3. I have just purchased one of the Revitive Foot circulation machines the one that Dawn Fraser advertises – can totally recommend it – I bought the pink version which was the cheaper one – it doesn’t have the rocking foot pad on it – my swollen ankles and feet are so much better and buying it on line through ebay (brand new) saved me another $50

  4. I discovered a terrific orthotic which has relieved a lot of the pain in my feet. Although it has not “cured” me, I can stay on my feet for longer, without my feet feeling like its been tromped on and crushed.

  5. Just saying, to have your toenails trimmed, must be done by a podiatrist. While it would be great to have a pedicure, they are not allowed to cut your toenails.

  6. Gone to podiatrist every 8 or so weeks, and come out walking on air. so sorry you had such an awful experience Judith, but how wonderful you kept plugging away for help.

  7. I have osteoarthritis in my feet, and knees, my feet are the biggest problem, the podiatrist told me nothing could be done and that I should “get younger” I now see a naturalist once a month who has shown me how to massage the joints, it won’t cure the arthritis but does give me some relief.

  8. Thank you,Maureen Clifford Scribbly bark poetry was aware but I use it for my Physio which is more expensive than my podiatrist all in the juggle.

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