How Your Feet Change Over Time
From the day we start walking, our feet are subject to extreme conditions.
Over time, your body changes. From top to bottom from inside to outside. All cells experience changes with aging. Natural changes in metabolism, genetics and cell structure in your body effect the structure and function of your lower extremities as well as your ankles and feet. As in other parts of the body the most visible signs of aging involve the integumentary system with noticeable changes in the skin, loss of hair and changes in the nails. Muscle mass and soft tissue atrophy can cause decreased function and susceptibility to foot injury. Bones can become become contracted, prolapsed or displaced. Hereditary problems if not addressed early can cause permanent deformity and pain.
For women an increase in body mass and hormone levels during pregnancy can contribute to structural changes that may have long-term consequences and a loss of estrogen after menopause can lead to lower bone density in the feet and consequently a higher risk of stress fractures.
Vascular, neuropathic or metabolic systematic diseases affect foot health and in turn mobility, balance, gait and posture and create an environment for underlying foot pathology such as infections and ulcerations. Mechanical and degenerative changes cause inflammation and pain.
Making foot care a priority at every stage of your life is important for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. The strength, mobility and health of your feet is important to your whole body.