Osteoporosis Can Lead to Foot Health Problems

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Have you heard of osteoporosis? Literally translating to “porous bones,” osteoporosis is a disease in which your bones lose their density, making them thinner and more susceptible to fracture.  Osteoporosis often affects the spine, hips, wrists and ribs. Less notable, but also possible, are foot health issues related to bone density. For example, unexplained or frequent stress fractures or breaks of the bones in your feet may be an early sign of osteoporosis because of the weakness it creates.

Who Is at Risk of Osteoporosis?

Anyone can develop osteoporosis. Those at particular risk include:

  • postmenopausal women

  • people whose diet includes inadequate calcium

  • those with a family history of the disease 

How Can You Prevent Osteoporosis?

There are two pieces of advice commonly given to men and women of all ages who want to stay safe from osteoporosis:

  1. Eat a diet rich in calcium which helps to maintain strong bones. Foods containing calcium include green leafy vegetables, fish such as sardines or anchovies that are eaten with their bones, and dairy products (low fat is best) such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. 

  2. Engage in exercise, preferably activities in which you must bear your body weight. Walking, swimming and gentle yoga are all effective options. 

If you have experienced a stress fracture or a recent foot or ankle injury, your podiatrist may want to include a bone density scan as part of your examination. This is the best way to determine whether or not osteoporosis is a contributing factor.

Are you concerned about osteoporosis or anything else related to the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? With years of specialized training and experience, a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. To schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Pikesville office, click here or call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052.