Painful soles of feet

My mother is over 95, has been active all her life. Her mobility is reducing, but we are all trying to keep her walking as much as possible. When she has been walking for a short time, the soles of her feet become very painful – they feel raw right across from her toes, the ball of her feet through to her heel – the entire soles of her feet. There is no visible skin irritation, her feet get attention every 6 weeks (attending to nails). The structure of the foot seems to be ok. The skin feels as if it is blistered, but there are no blisters. She has worn sensible shoes all her life. Is there any way to thicken the skin on the soles of the feet, s that they are not so sensitive?
Many thanks

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question.

    Unfortunately it sounds like your mother is experiencing fat pad atrophy and thinning of the plantar skin, both of which are very common at her age. The best thing that you can do is focus on using an accommodative and forgiving insert such as Aetrex’s Memory Foam Lynco inserts –

    There is no real way to thicken the skin or the fat pad and therefore I’d focus on the inserts and footwear.

    I hope this helps.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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