May is National Osteoporosis Month, and here at Gentle Professional Foot Care, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to offer patients some information about this disease that causes weak bones, as well as some strategies to help prevent it.
Did you know that more women are at risk for breaking a bone from osteoporosis than from having a heart attack, stroke or breast cancer combined? In addition:
- Half of all people over the age of 50 are at risk for breaking a bone.
- One in two women and one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime because of osteoporosis.
- 44 million Americans have low bone density.
- Osteoporosis is responsible for an estimated 2 million fractures every year.
Ways to Prevent Fractures
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to help reduce your chance of getting osteoporosis and breaking a bone. Here are some simple suggestions to put into play now:
- Don’t ignore foot pain, particularly in the forefoot area. Pain, swelling, redness and bruising can all be signs of a stress fracture—which is often the first time a patient becomes aware of a potential issue with bone strength. If you notice these symptoms, regardless of their severity or frequency, make an appointment at our Venice office so that our podiatrist Dr. Charles A. Suleskey can examine your foot and determine the source of the discomfort.
- Make a date to exercise. Regular exercise, both weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening, is important for protecting bone health. Too many times patients fail to make it a priority. Put specific times on your calendar and honor them like you would any other appointment to ensure that you get exercise every week.
- Try a new vegetarian recipe. Most of us know that dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are all high in calcium and vitamin D, but there are many non-dairy foods that are good sources of calcium as well. Experiment with greens such as bok choy, broccoli, kale and turnip greens.
- Fall-proof your home. In addition to strengthening your bones, you can reduce your risk of fractures by making sure pathways in the home are clear of clutter and electrical or computer cords, eliminating throw rugs and making sure all areas of the home are well-lit.
If you have additional questions about protecting the health of your foot and ankle bones, don’t hesitate to contact us at: (941) 493-7999.