Want to Improve Foot Health? Try Weight-Bearing Exercise!

You have likely gotten the message about the connection between diet, exercise, and overall health by now. Combined with regular exercise, eating a well-balanced diet can help you maintain a moderate weight and avoid diabetes and cardiovascular illness. Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos wants you to know that these same steps can help you maintain good bone health in your feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Men and women of any age – but particularly women over 65 – are at risk of osteoporosis, a dangerous weakening of the bones. These porous bones are then more vulnerable to fracture. With 26 bones in each of your feet, a diagnosis of osteoporosis makes you more likely than others to experience a broken bone in this part of your body.

The good news is that you can reduce the likelihood that osteoporosis will strike.

First, be sure to consume plenty of calcium every day. You’ll find it in dairy foods (milk, yogurt, low-fat cheese), leafy green vegetables (spinach, kale, chard), and fish that you eat with their bones intact, so go ahead and enjoy those anchovies on your next pizza!

That calcium-rich diet needs to be supported through regular weight-bearing exercise. You can choose to lift light weights at the gym or at home but, if you’re looking for something different, try a gentle yoga class, do a plank while you watch tv, or even take a walk. Anything that leads you to support your own body weight counts as weight-bearing exercise.

Are you worried about poor bone density, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is ready to help you. An expert foot doctor like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM will provide a careful and thorough examination, offer a specific and accurate diagnosis of your issue, then work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and any necessary ongoing care.

Schedule a convenient appointment in My Chicago Foot Expert’s safe, modern office in Ravenswood today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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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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