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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!

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and bone health is directly related to good foot health. The bones in your feet carry your entire body. In patients with osteoporosis the body either doesn’t produce enough bone, loses too much bone or a combination of the two.  For your feet, this means an increased risk of stress fractures due to repetitive activities such as walking and also greater chance that a fall or sprain will also result in a bone fracture. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be happy to discuss your personal risk factors for this bone weakening disease at your next appointment. One thing all patients can do to help improve bone health is to pay attention to diet. Below are ways that you can increase bone strength through what you eat (or don’t eat):

  1. Increase dairy—Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products contain high amounts of calcium—the most important nutrient for building stronger bones.

  2. Add a green veggie to your plate—many greens are excellent sources of calcium including: broccoli, kale, okra, collard greens, turnip greens, broccoli rabe, bok choy and mustard greens.

  3. Choose cereals and juices that are fortified—check the labels and you’ll find that many brands of cold cereal, oatmeal and orange juice all have calcium and vitamin D (which helps the body absorb calcium) added to them.

  4. Go fish—fish oil and fish high in omega-3, such as salmon can also play a part in making bones stronger. In addition, certain fish are also good sources of calcium. These include: rainbow trout, sardines and perch.

  5. Cut back on caffeine—studies show that caffeine can impede the absorption of calcium and cause bone loss. Limit coffee, tea and sodas with caffeine to 2-3 servings a day.

  6. Add a supplement—there are other vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy bones. Consider a vitamin supplement to help ensure you get enough of the following: vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin C.

If you have more questions about bone health and your feet make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
December 09, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Osteoporosis  
Broken LegWhen people think of osteoporosis we may think of it in relation to the spine and hips—quite possibly the wrists and ribs, as well.  However, osteoporosis can also affect your feet.  In fact, seemingly unexplained foot fractures may be an early indication that you have osteoporosis.  
 
Osteoporosis means, “porous bones,” or that they are losing their density—making your bones thinner and easily breakable.  Foot fractures from osteoporosis can come in the form of stress fractures, which are tiny fractures that cause small cracks in your feet. 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.  These fractures can occur anywhere, but most commonly occur in the neck, low back, hip, wrists and feet.  For the feet, these fractures often occur with repetitive small trauma due to wearing a unsupportive shoes, such as flip-flops.  With the loss of structure comes the collapse of joints in the feet, which can cause arthritis and pain.  Fractures in the feet from osteoporosis can range from small stresses in the bone to large displaced breaks that require surgery. However, surgery for osteoporotic patients can be a challenge.  
 
The sooner you deal with stress fractures the better.  If you have pain in your feet that seems beyond any normal kind of soreness, you should visit your podiatrist in Pooler for further diagnosis and treatment.  


What do I do?


The general advice for aging people is to make sure you have enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet.  Exercise is also vital for increasing bone strength and to protect you against these painful fractures.  Any type of activities in which you move is good—walking, running, swimming, dancing and even bowling can be just what you need to strengthen your bones.  If you have foot issues and are unsure of how much your feet can take, talk to your podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.  
 
Be sure to choose shoes that offer proper support to your feet and ankles, as well.  Your podiatrist in Pooler might recommend orthotics to give you that extra support to your arches.  Even if your bones are not affected by osteoporosis, orthotics can still help you by providing extra stability that may save you from a fall that could break other bones.  
 
Your feet play an important role in making aging easy and less painful.  Avoid dangers of osteoporosis by taking care of your overall health and paying attention to your feet! If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. for proper diagnosis and treatment. 









 

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