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This is not a disease of the very elder population only. It mostly effects women over the age of 50. Last time I checked, 50 does not count as elderly! It is estimated that HALF of women over the age of 50 will have a hip, wrist or spine fracture in their lifetime. Researchers estimate that 1 in 5 American women over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. Men can also have osteoporosis, but this usually occurs after 70.
What causes osteoporosis?
There are 2 minerals that are necessary for bone strength, calcium and phosphate. The imbalance between these two can cause a loss of bone density.
There are some at greater risk than others. Those who have a family history of osteoporosis, a low body weight, smoking history or excessive alcohol intake can all increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Because of the lack of structure to the bones, they become weak which can lead to fractures. In the advanced stages, fractures can happen from a simple thing like getting out of bed in the morning. It often does not take a lot of trauma, if any. These fractures can occur anywhere, but most commonly occur in the neck, low back, hip, wrists and feet. The bones are often painful and fractures of the spine cause stooping and dysfigurement.
For the feet, these fractures often occur with repetitive small trauma like wearing a pair a ballet flats while walking at the mall. With the loss of structure comes collapse of joints in the feet causing arthritis and pain. Fractures in the feet from osteoporosis can range from small stresses in the bone to large displaced breaks requiring surgery. But surgery for osteoporotic patients can be a challenge.
How do you know if you have osteoporosis?
The easiest way to find out is a bone mineral density test or DEXA scan. In some instances a regular xray can detect some changes in bone, but a DEXA scan is the gold standard. This test can be ordered by any physician, is painless and usually takes less than 15 minutes to perform.
Treatments for osteoporosis range from changing your diet and increasing your exercise to taking medications that improve bone health. What you need is all based on why you have osteoporosis and should be discussed with your health care provider.
So what do I do now?
If you have any of these risk factors, then talk to your doctor about a bone density test. Increase the calcium in your diet, but you must combine it with vitamin D which helps your body absorb calcium. Exercise is a great way to reduce fractures. Walking, dancing, weights, yoga, biking...all great forms of exercise that help maintain bone strength.
If you are concerned about pain in your feet and think it may be related to your osteoporosis, contact us to visit us now.
Foot and ankle athletic injuries are very common. We specialize in sports medicine getting you back to sports as soon as possible. The most common foot and ankle sports injuries are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis, anterior tibial tendonitis, neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ankle instability, and metatarsalgia. Gait problems can also cause ileotibial band syndrome, patella tendonitis, back pain, hip pain and piriformis syndrome. Medications, injections, splinting, orthotics and/or physical therapy are often quite helpful in treating most injuries. Our doctors will discuss your injury and prescribe a course of treatment that will return you to sport stronger than when you came into the office.
Fall down, go boom? Foot and ankle trauma is extremely common no matter how young or old you are. Fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, sprain and strains, puncture wounds and toenail trauma occurs every day. Our physicians can help put you back together so that you can recover from your accident as fast as possible. Don't wait too long to seek medical advice after your accident or injury. Delaying treatment often only worsens the problem!
Foot pain related to congenital and acquired foot and ankle deformities is extremely prevalent in our society. Pain can be from flat feet or a high arched foot and associated gait problems; or be from a progressive deformity like a bunion or a hammertoe. Our doctors are extensively trained to diagnose and treat the underlying deformity to help you function at your best. We want to prevent your problems from getting worse, no matter what you inherited from your family! God may have had a sense of humor when he created your feet, but we will work with you to optimize your biomechanical function and aesthetics! No one should suffer from ugly, painful feet!
Neurological foot and ankle issues can be a burning or shooting pain, numbness, weakness or just a "pins and needles" sensation. Nerve can be affected by compression at the spine level, knee level, ankle level or in your foot. Neuropathy can be a subtle nerve degeneration from aging, diabetes, and a myriad of other causes. Do not assume your nerve issues will go away or that nothing can be done. A proper diagnosis can lead to alleviation of your nerve troubles.
Healthy Steps Shoe Store and Spa welcomes patients and their families as well as the surrounding communities of Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville and beyond to help them with their therapeutic shoe gear needs. A certified pedorthotist is always available by appointment for consultation, and safe pedicures by a licensed medical nail technician highlight your spa experience. An extensive array of prefabricated and custom orthotics as well as many foot care essentials are also readily available to compliment your shoe and sandal purchases. We carry a wide variety of comfort shoe gear that are as pretty as they are comfortable.