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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 24, 2016
Category: Foot Health

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month

 Are you wondering why we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM are writing about Osteoporosis? This disease causes bones to weaken. In your foot are 26 bones. Between both your feet nearly a quarter of all your body’s bones are found there. Now that we have your attention, let’s see what else you know about how to strengthen these all important bones that support the rest of your body and prevent Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis only happens to old people.

False:  That is, unless you consider 50 old. It’s true that the risk of osteoporosis increases as you age but currently it’s estimated that one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

If you’re not a kid anymore, getting extra calcium won’t help protect your bones.

False: Adding calcium to your diet is valuable at any stage of life. Increasing your intake of yogurt, cheese, milk and other dairy products as well as leafy greens such as kale, bok choy and broccoli will all help strengthen your bones.  Calcium supplements may also be useful in cranking up the calcium levels. Check with your doctor to find out the amount of calcium you should be getting on a daily basis.

Exercise can help prevent Osteoporosis

True: Weight-bearing exercise such as walking, running, and most sports can help make your bones stronger. Adding muscle-strengthening exercise to your routine will make the muscles that support the bones stronger and that provides additional protection against bone breakage.

Your feet can be an early warning system for this disease

True: Many times unexplained stress fractures in the feet can be a sign of osteoporosis beginning in the body. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will be on the lookout for possible fractures if you come in to our Washington office complaining of unexplained pain in your foot.

Be proactive about your foot health. If you have questions or concerns about Osteoporosis or other disorders that may impact your feet, contact our office by calling: (724) 225- 7410. 

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