WIDE­SPREAD CHANGES How your feet can get big­ger as you age

Runner's World (UK) - - Spring / Summer Shoe Guide 2017 -

If you’re over 40 and feel your run­ning shoes don’t fit like they used do, it’s not your mind play­ing tricks – they don’t. Your feet widen with age, says Dr Steven Pribut, a po­di­a­trist at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, US, who es­ti­mates that ‘peo­ple over the age of 40 can gain as much as half a shoe size ev­ery 10 years’. That means some run­ners will need shoes two sizes big­ger at 60 than they did at 40. Doc­tor Jim Christina of the Amer­i­can Po­di­atric Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion gives more de­tail: ‘The feet’s ten­dons and lig­a­ments lose elas­tic­ity over time, flat­ten­ing the feet, low­er­ing the arch and caus­ing swelling,’ he says. ‘The fat pads un­der­foot also be­come thin­ner, caus­ing them to ab­sorb less shock.’ To make up for this, make sure your shoes are ad­e­quately cush­ioned, get your feet mea­sured ev­ery 18 months and con­sider buy­ing your shoes in a wider width.

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