4 reasons that your feet have just started hurting since you turned 40

As you get older, it's not that unusual to find that your feet start aching by the end of the day. There are a variety of causes for the foot pain, which you can fix in different ways:

Your feet are bigger

As you get older, your feet often grow. It can make sense to get your feet measured by a shoes sale associate if you find your feet are aching as your old size may now be slightly too small. Even a half size too small can feel extra tight by the end of the day.

Your feet also expand through the day, so it can make sense to go for your foot measurements at day end, for extra accuracy.

You're busier

As you hit your 40's is can be common to get busier as you often are balancing family, personal and work commitments. Many people also start exercising in their 40's to avoid the middle age spread, but this extra effort and time of your feet can sneak up on you. Try a wearable fitness band to track how much time you exercise each day, and plan in some rest periods and foot massage into your schedule.

You've gained some weight

If you haven't avoided the middle aged spread, the extra weight through your hips, knees and ankles can easily lead to foot pain. Choosing some more comfortable footwear and supportive inserts can be helpful in avoiding foot pain while you make some efforts to get the weight off, as well as using some stretching exercises. Losing weight in your 40's can be hard, but only gets harder as you age and your metabolism slows down so it's time to get on the issue now!

You're suffering the consequences of bad earlier choices

Corns or calluses can build-up if your footwear consistently rubs against your foot. This is particularly common in women who wear very high heels, where the shoes create a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot. Milder corns and calluses can be left to heal on their own, by wearing comfortable footwear and resting the feet as much as possible. If the corns are severe, you may need to get them removed by a podiatrist.

If none of the reasons seem to be responsible for your foot pain, it makes sense to see a podiatrist to check that there are no other serious causes for your foot pain. To learn more, contact podiatrists for more information.