Prevent and Manage Osteoporosis for Good Foot Health

If you know about osteoporosis, you might already know that it’s a chronic and dangerous condition that weakens the bones and leaves people vulnerable to fractures and other injuries. You probably think of it as affecting the spine and hips, and possibly the wrists and ribs. But do you know that osteoporosis can also cause problems in the feet and ankles? With 26 bones in each foot – that’s more than a quarter of the bones in your body! – It’s no surprise to know that osteoporosis can also lead to foot health issues. In fact, seemingly unexplained fractures in the feet are often the first sign of osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia.

You can take steps to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. The most important step to take is to make sure that you include plenty of calcium-rich foods in your diet. Do you know which foods contain calcium? Here are some suggestions from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos:

Of course, you can take calcium supplements. Talk to your doctor about how much calcium is right for you, and be sure to ask about vitamin D, which aids in its absorption.

If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, it’s essential to see your podiatrist regularly for examination and treatment. Your foot doctor will have numerous options available to prevent fractures, including orthotics for cushioning and support. If a problem occurs, your foot doctor will help you heal with treatment that might include over-the-counter and prescription medications for pain and swelling, immobilization with a cast or boot, and a referral for physical therapy.

Schedule an appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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