As the number of candles on the birthday cake increase each year, so can the number problems that occur with our body; our feet are not exempt from this. The podiatrists at All Podiatry & The Shoe Co. form an important part of the health care team for many of the ageing population. We have too many people come in to see us with the belief that it is normal for feet to develop aches and pains as they age, however, this is not the case. Our podiatrists will thoroughly examine your feet and work with you, and alongside any other health care specialist you may be involved with, to help keep your feet healthy.

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As the population ages and the prevalence of obesity increases, we will likely experience an increased occurrence of foot pain and problems presenting to us. Based on population projections, by 2064 there will be 9.6 million people aged 65 and over, and 1.9 million aged 85 and over [3]. To put this into perspective, in 2014 3.4 million Australians were aged 65 and over and 456,600 people were aged 85 and over [2] [1].

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Foot pain is very common in the older population, affecting approximately one in three people aged over 65 years [4]. Increased risk factors for foot pain in older people include being female (sorry ladies), obesity, and having conditions such as diabetes and osteoarthritis [5]. Foot pain in older people can be debilitating limiting daily activities and in some cases can impair balance, increasing the risk of falls.

The most common issues resulting in foot pain in older people we see are corns and callouses, nail disorders, and structural disorders such as Halux Abducto Valgus (bunions) and Hammer Toes [5]. These issues are very manageable and we have a lot of patients present to our clinics with them.

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Our experienced podiatrists will provide conservative treatment such as regular nail and callous care where indicated, footwear advice and in some cases orthotics which are extremely effective at reducing foot pain [5].  At All Podiatry & The Shoe Co we have a large shoe store attached to our clinics and an orthotic lab at each site to eliminate any running around to complete your podiatry treatment.

References:

  • [1] Sourced from Australian Government, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Accessed from http://www.aihw.gov.au/ageing/about/
    • [2] ABS 2015. Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2014. Cat. no. 3101.0. Canberra: ABS.
    • [3] ABS 2013. Population Projections, Australia, 2012 (base) to 2101. Cat. no. 3222.0 Canberra: ABS.
  • [4] Catherine L Hill, Tiffany K Gill, Hylton B Menz, Anne W Taylor 2008. Prevalence and correlates of foot pain in a population-based study: the North West Adelaide health study 2008. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2008 1:2 
  • [5] Hylton B Menz 2016. Chronic Foot Pain in Older People. Journal of Maturitas September 2016 Vol 91 Pg110-114
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