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Posts for tag: breaking a bone

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
May 09, 2018
Category: Bone health
Tags: breaking a bone  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we know that building and maintaining strong bones is important for our patients no matter what age they are. After all, your feet contain nearly 25% of all the bones in your body! Osteoporosis is a disease that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. It’s estimated that half of the adults in the U.S. age 50 or older have an increased risk of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis or low bone density. Ideally, prevention should start in childhood and continue throughout your entire life. Below are some ways that you can make strong bones a family affair:

Moo…re Calcium Please—in addition to helping build strong bones, calcium is a mineral that also enables blood to clot, hearts to beat and muscles to contract. Your body loses some calcium each day. When you don’t take in the calcium your body needs it “borrows” some from your bones. Some sources of calcium are dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, certain green vegetables such as spinach, arugula, and kale, as well as fortified juices and cereals and soymilk. You can also increase your daily calcium intake by adding a few tablespoons of nonfat powdered milk to recipes.

Build Healthy Habits—eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet that helps everyone in the family avoid being overweight reduces strain on bones—especially those in your lower extremities. Be sure to also get enough vitamin D from foods (fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are excellent sources) or a multivitamin. Avoiding smoking (which is a known to weaken bones and impede circulation) and immoderate use of alcohol.

Get off the Couch—strength training and weight-bearing exercise are bone health boosters. Biking, walking, dancing, and hiking are just a few ways your family can enjoy time together and make bones stronger. If you can exercise outside in the sun, you’ll also be getting a good dose of Vitamin D.

If you are an adult over the age of 50 and suffer a foot or ankle fracture, talk to our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, about assessing your risk for osteoporosis and ways you can prevent falls. Contact our New Jersey offices in Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.