With ageing feet the skin loses it's elasticity which causes dry skin and thin skin on the feet. Also due to the partial wasting of fatty tissue on the feet, the bones become prominent and are subjected to abnormal pressure and irritation especially on weight bearing sites. This can cause considerable foot pain and heel pain.
The development of arthritis can also make walking very uncomfortable as the enlarged joints attract excess pressure and friction. This exacerbates the formation of corns and foot calluses which make walking very difficult. If this goes untreated it may even lead to the development of foot ulcers.
Some elderly people also experience circulatory problems which can also complicate matters and therefore healing is impaired and recovery may take even longer.
Importantly people who neglect care of their feet can develop infections and athletes foot.
Wearing the right footwear is vital along with maintaining good foot hygiene.