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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 17, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
Tags: Fractures   osteoporosis  

May is National Osteoporosis month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM believe educating our patients about this disease that affects bones is extremely important because 25% of your body’s bones are in your feet! Osteoporosis is a disease where the body doesn’t produce enough bone or gets rid of too much bone or both. The end result is bone that is weak and brittle and fractures easily. The bones in your feet have the added stress of carrying the weight of your whole body. Below are some important facts about osteoporosis and how to help prevent it:

  • Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 50% of all women and 25% of men 50 and older will break a bone as a result of this disease.
  • Women lose up to 20% of their bone density in the first 5-7 years after menopause.
  • Osteoporosis does not have obvious symptoms—i.e., you can’t “feel” you bones getting weaker. For many patients breaking a bone is the way that osteoporosis is first diagnosed.
  • Factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis include: smoking, family history of the disease or broken bones over the age of 50, having a small, thin body type.
  • Certain medications and vitamins and also certain diseases can also cause osteoporosis.
  • You can take action to prevent osteoporosis: increasing calcium and vitamin D intake, getting regular exercise—both the weight bearing and the muscle strengthening types, maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding dramatic weight loss programs and limiting alcohol intake.

You’re never too young or too old to take steps to strengthen your bones. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help you assess your personal risk for osteoporosis. He can tell you the amount of calcium required for your sex and age and also recommend tests, such as bone density if appropriate. To learn more, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling:  (724) 225- 7410.

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