Maintain Foot Health by Improving Bone Health

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Foot and ankle injuries, particularly bone fractures, are common reasons that patients of all age visit the podiatrist. Older men and women, who tend to fall more than younger people do, are at increased risk, as is anyone who engages in regular athletic activity. The good news is that you can take steps to improve bone health, reducing the likelihood that you will experience a bone break if you stumble. Here are some tips from Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova to help:

  • Establish a safe home environment. Keep floors free from clutter. Get rid of area rugs that might move when you step on them. Put a rubber mat in the bath or shower, and install grab bars in case you slip.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. You know that means be careful about becoming obese, but it also means don’t allow your weight to get too low, either. People who are underweight are also at increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in calcium. Good sources include fish that are eaten with their bones, green leafy vegetables, soy-based products such as tofu, and low-fat dairy foods.

  •  Engage in regular, gentle weight-bearing exercise such as walking, yoga, or lifting light hand weights.

  • Take calcium supplements. Check with your doctor about how much is right for you.

If you are worried about how your bone health is affecting your feet, or if you have any other concern about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the first step is to schedule a visit with your podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified foot doctor like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Make a convenient appointment in Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s comfortable Pikesville office today. Call our friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started.