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WheelchairMany film and music stars were born in Canada. While you may often think of younger celebrities such as Rachel McAdams, Ellen Page, Justin Bieber, and Ryan Gosling—older Canadian actors and singers have graced the screen and paved the way for these women and men.

With age comes experience, wisdom, and an increased risk of heel pain. Living an active lifestyle keeps people young at heart, but it also impacts the feet—literally! During the aging process, we often find that we have more padding around the middle and less on the feet. The layer of fat that cushions the heel gradually diminishes, leading to heel pain in the elderly. Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are common heel conditions that can make each step painful.

Along with the natural pad on the heel, the muscles of the feet also become weaker over time. This loss of strength can change a person’s natural gait and lead to uneven weight distribution across the foot. You may notice pain in the morning when you get up or after times of rest.

The lower extremities are at a disadvantage for efficient blood circulation, since they are located the farthest from the heart. During the aging process, other factors can decrease blood flow and slow the natural process that brings healing to the feet, including the heels.

Heel pain in the elderly can result in decreased activity and increased discomfort. Spend your golden years enjoying the activities you love—pain-free. Call Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic today at (705) 444-9929, or schedule an appointment online.

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