Osteoporosis Can Be a Foot Health Crisis

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How much do you know about osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia?

Osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” and it means that the bones everywhere in your body are losing their density, making them susceptible to fracture. It is most commonly seen in women over the age of 50, but anyone can get it. It’s important to remember that osteoporosis is a “silent disease.” While it is true that bone breaks in patients with osteoporosis often occur in the hip, ribs, spine, or wrist, the metatarsals and other bones of the feet can often be affected. In fact, a fracture in one of the 26 bones in each foot and ankle is often one of the first signs of osteoporosis. In some cases, osteoporosis is first diagnosed because of a fracture in the foot.

The good news is that osteoporosis is easy to prevent through careful diet and weight management. Calcium and vitamin D are critical in ensuring bone health and preventing the loss of bone density, as is an active lifestyle. Be sure to eat a diet that is rich in calcium. Include foods such as low-fat dairy products and leafy green vegetables. Fish that are eaten with their bones, such as anchovies and sardines, are another good source of calcium.

You can get vitamin D from sunshine. Head outside! Take a walk while you’re out there. Weight-bearing exercise, even just supporting your own body weight, supports bone health. If the winter weather prevents this, talk to your doctor about adding a vitamin D supplement to your daily routine.

Unexplained foot fractures may be an early indication that you have osteoporosis. If you are experiencing foot pain, the first thing you should do is see your foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM is the best-qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat your issue.  Schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.