As we age the skin on the feet thins and slackens, and the protective fat pads under the balls of the feet and the soles, can disappear over the years making standing and walking painful.

 Most people will lose these fat pads by 65, but it can happen from age 50 onwards.

Action: Although you can’t stop fat thinning out, wear shock-absorbent shoes will help cushion feet. Silicone insoles may also help. If it’s really painful to walk as feet lack any cushion a filler can be used at the clinic to build up the fat pads The effect will last from three to six months. From £250 and available at most cosmetic clinics.

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