At Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center we want our Los Angeles County patients to understand the importance of strong bones for your feet and ankles. There are 26 bones in each of your feet and these bones have the important job of supporting and carrying the rest of your body. May is National Osteoporosis Month and a good opportunity for us to share some information on ways you can improve bone strength.
Partner with Your Podiatrist— Our podiatrists, Dr. Victoria M. Foley and Dr. Constance Ornelas, will help you assess your risk for osteoporosis. The foot doctor will want to know if you have a family history of osteoporosis or have had any fractures in the past. She will also ask questions about your lifestyle to help get a more complete picture of your risk for this disease. Together, you can formulate a plan to help prevent osteoporosis. It may include some or all of the following areas.
Ensure Enough Calcium and Vitamin D in Your Diet—These are the critical nutrient building blocks for strong bones. The best-known source of calcium is dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese. But you can also get a fair amount of calcium from leafy greens, canned sardines and salmon and certain other foods. There are also supplements as well as cereals, juices, and breads that are fortified with calcium and vitamin D.
Exercise Regularly—It’s important to have both weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise as part of your fitness routine. Consider adding some exercise designed to increase balance too as this will help prevent falls which can result in fractures. If your exercise regimen has become stale, consider trying a new activity like dancing, tennis, or hiking. Join a gym, take a class or team up with a buddy and commit to a weekly fitness plan.
Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices—Several habits impact bone strength that you may not immediately identify. Smoking, excessive use of alcohol, not eating enough fruits and vegetables and being overweight can all contribute to bone weakness.