Heel Pain in Elderly
There is a reason everyone yearns to be young. Youth is appealing. When you are young you can move about freely, you have unlimited energy, and you rarely suffer from common medical problems that come with age. Sadly, although with age comes wisdom, age can makes functioning normally much more difficult. And it can put you at a higher risk for the development of a variety of different medical conditions – some which are very life threatening. Although heel pain may not be life threatening, it is a common problem among the elderly.
Risk Factors For Plantar Fasciitis
The New York Times published an interesting study on the condition called plantar fasciitis. This condition is largely responsible for the heel pain many elderly people suffer from. In the study, the Times indicated risk factors that would increase your chance of getting this disease. While most people would assume athletes were most at risk, interestingly, age was the biggest factor that played a role in the development of the condition.
Elderly Are Considered High Risk
Apparently, elderly people are considered very high-risk candidates for the development of foot problems including the common heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. The reason age plays such a large role in the development of this condition is because as you age, your feet actually widen and flatten, putting more stress on the fascia. During this time, the fat padding also becomes smaller. Without this padding, more stress is put on the heel bone, causing heel pain.
Other Concerns For Elderly
In addition, the elderly have other age related problems to worry about with their feet. The skin on their feet often ages and becomes dry and uncomfortable. Sometimes, they suffer with circulatory problems and they also can have trouble balancing.
Caring For Their Feet
It is important that the elderly take care of their feet. In particular, padding should be worn in their shoes to prevent future damage to the fat pad. This will also help relieve some of the heel pain they are experiencing.