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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Arthritis   Osteoporosis  

Did you know that nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet? These, along with the 33 joints it takes to move them, are good reasons for us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC to recognize Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week, which takes place from October 12-20. Although there are conditions and diseases that can impede proper bone and joint function and cannot be prevented, there are many things that patients can do to protect joints and bones. Below are some of our top tips:

  1. Don’t ignore pain or stiffness. If you begin to notice that you are having discomfort in any of the bones or joints in your feet or ankles, don’t put off contacting our Pooler, GA office for an appointment. In many cases, particularly when dealing with joints and bones, continuing to walk and bear weight on them when in pain can increase damage and result in long term disability.
  2. Wear shoes that are appropriate for sports and fitness activities. Having shoes designed for the sport you are playing and making sure that they are fitted properly will go a long way to prevent bone and joint crippling injuries. In many cases, injured joints become sites for arthritis later in life. Be sure to replace athletic shoes when they show signs of wear.
  3. Incorporate weight bearing exercise into your daily routine. Whatever your preferred fitness activity, including weight bearing exercises will help increase bone strength.
  4. Include plenty of calcium in your diet. Another way to help build bone strength and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis is by ensuring you take in the right amount of calcium for your age and sex (your doctor can advise you on the amount you need). In addition to well-known sources, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products, you can find calcium in certain fish (sardines, salmon), leafy greens such as bok choy and broccoli and nuts.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese puts excess strain on foot joints and bones. Avoiding sugars, processed and fried foods is doubly helpful because in addition to helping with weight control, these foods are known to cause an inflammatory response which can cause pain and stiffness in the joints.

If you have any questions or concerns about your bone and joints, don’t hesitate to contact The Foot & Ankle Center, PC for a proper diagnosis by our podiatrist Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. You will receive high quality individualized treatments to help you improve your foot health!

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