Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tips for Happy Feet

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tips for Happy Feet

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Byline: Tracey Johnstone

IF YOU keep your feet healthy, you will be able to do so much more to stay active and have better overall health.

But when you can't easily see what is happening down there with your feet, chances are you will ignore the problems with them until the road back to good foot health is painful and expensive.

Australian Podiatry Association ambassador and podiatrist Charlotte Bodell has some top tips for seniors for better foot health, with the help of your local podiatrist.

General foot health

Be very careful when cutting your nails that you don't cut your skin and expose your feet to infection.

Recognise that as we get older our nails thicken, which makes them harder to cut. Your shoes will press on the thickened nail, which can cause the nail bed to become sore and a corn to occur under the nail bed.

The fat pad on the ball of your foot and heel wears out over time which can lead to hard calluses on the metatarsal joints on the balls of your feet. The podiatrist can remove the hard skin for you.


In the '50s and '60s men and women squeezed their toes into fashionable pointy shoes. Even footballers and boxers were squeezing their feet into tight shoes. This has led to seniors having problems with their nails, and with bunions and retracted curly toes.

"If they have a bunion, the big toe comes over (the second toe), but also sometimes the second toe overrides," Ms Bodell said.

"When this happens, a corn happens on top, so you need to make sure your shoes are deep enough."

Other causes of bunions can be hereditary or your foot's biomechanics.

The bunion can be fixed by a podiatrist if it is painful. This can be done by surgery, orthotics, wearing night splints and doing daily feet exercises, and wearing suitable orthopaedic footwear.

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