You're more prone to foot problems like corns, blisters and foot infections in later life as the skin becomes thinner and less elastic. But painful or uncomfortable feet aren't a natural part of ageing, and can be alleviated.
If you’re having trouble looking after your feet, you're not alone. Age UK reports that nearly one in three older people can’t cut their own toenails.
Foot care problems tend to happen if you're less mobile than you used to be, particularly if you have difficulty bending down. Poor eyesight, can also make it harder for you to look after your feet.
How to look after your feet
Your feet will remain in better condition if you have a regular foot routine. This includes:
cutting and filing toenails and keeping them at a comfortable length
smoothing and moisturising dry and rough skin
checking for cracks and breaks in the skin and inflammation such as blisters
looking for signs of infection like nail fungus or other obvious early problems, and seeking professional advice
wearing suitable socks and footwear
keeping your feet clean, dry, mobile, comfortable and warm. Bedsocks are a good idea