In the past, people thought pain was normal.  In fact, they figured aches and pains were part of getting "old".  The truth is far from this thinking:  Pain is NEVER normal.

As you get older, you can develop conditions such as arthritis from wearing down of the joints.  You can get injuries that didn't occur at younger ages because of loss of the elasticity of the tissues (such as tendons or ligaments).  You can also get associated pain from change in metabolism that leads to increased weight on the feet.  Whatever the condition, age doesn't cause the pain but can influence its presentation. 

That being said, in most cases things can be done to minimize the pain (or even resolve it) and allow you to continue to be active.  Don't let pain stop you.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute