Did you know that you have 52 bones between both of your feet? That’s nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body! At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we think that’s a good reason to observe National Osteoporosis Month with some tips on how to build strong bones.
On Your Plate
Your diet can play a big role in bone health. Calcium and vitamin D (which helps your body absorb the calcium) are the stars here. Increase your calcium intake by consuming more dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese and also leafy greens such as bok choy, kale and parsley. Look for cereals and juices that are fortified with calcium and vitamin D and consider a vitamin supplement if you aren’t getting enough through the food you eat.
In Your Life
Lifestyle choices that you can make that will strengthen your bones include:
· Exercise—both muscle-strengthening and weight-bearing exercises help build stronger bones
· Don’t smoke—this is known to weaken bones
· Limit alcohol
Protect your bones by preventing falls. Many people don’t find out they have osteoporosis until they fall and break a bone. You can help make your home fall-proof by making sure pathways are clear of electrical and computer cords, removing magazine racks and baskets that sit on the floor and being sure stairs have secure railings on both sides.
With Your Foot Doctor
Talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, about how to protect the health of your bones. A complete podiatric examination can reveal foot problems that may affect your balance. Oftentimes patients will put up with foot pain for far too long and actually begin to alter the way they walk to avoid pain. This increases your risk of trips and falls. Your foot doctor can also explore your personal risk factors for osteoporosis, such as family history, body type, etc.
If you want to find out more about what you need to do to protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis, contact our Somers Point office today by calling: 609-927-4894.