Consultant foot and ankle surgeon at BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital, Mr Htwe Zaw gives advice on how runners can best protect their joints, and Robert Waite, physiotherapy manager at BMI The Somerfield Hospital in Kent, discusses the importance of stretching before and after training.
MailOnline Article by Diana Pilkington, Published: 00:12, 14 January 2014
Updated: 00:14, 14 January 2014
We worry a lot about how ageing affects the face – but maybe we should worry more about the other end of the body, as about 80 per cent of people over 60 have a foot problem.
With the help of leading specialists, DIANA PILKINGTON looks at some of the main problems that affect our feet as we age – and what we can do about them…
As we get older, our feet tend to elongate and widen – sometimes by as much one size every ten years from our 40s onwards – partly because of the arches of the feet lowering.
This can be the result of tibialis posterior tendinopathy, a condition where the tendon (fibrous tissue) that helps to support the arch degenerates.
With increasing age the tendon tends to become stretched and the arch starts to flatten, usually from your 50s and 60s, explains Htwe Zaw, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at BMI Healthcare.