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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 22, 2020
Category: bone health
Tags: osteoporosis   vitamin D   strong bones  

Your New Year’s Resolutions list may be longer than you’d like, but here’s one more goal: strengthen your bones. That’s right — just like you want to strengthen your muscles. Stronger bones help with coordination and balance. They also help to reduce injuries, like a fracture, after a fall or a trip. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center is here to help you take more steps in 2020. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Take it easy

If you’re ready to exercise, consult a doctor, choose the right exercise, and ease into your new lifestyle. It’s best to choose two types of exercises: weight-bearing and resistance. For weight-bearing exercises, it’s important to know your limits and have supervision. For resistance exercises, such as walking, jogging, or dancing, make sure that you’re wearing the proper footwear.

Bring out the calcium — and sunshine

Calcium is an important mineral that should be a part of your regular diet. If you don’t have calcium in your meal plan, start today. Most dairy items, including milk, yogurt, and cheese, have calcium. If you’re unable to tolerate dairy, there are many other non-dairy items that provide this source of nutrition. Consider almonds and beans, for example. Next, spend some time outside to get some Vitamin D; don’t forget sunscreen. Vitamin D supplements are helpful, too.

Know your bones

Does osteoporosis run in your family? Do you frequently suffer from sprained ankles? These are questions to consider as you evaluate ways to strengthen your bones. Talking with a podiatrist is a valuable way to determine risk factors and a game plan for proper treatment.

Avoid sprains and broken bones by strengthening your support system. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office, and he’s here to help you on our journey. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 16, 2018
Category: bone health
Tags: Fractures   osteoporosis   vitamin D   calcium  

For Bone and Joint Action Week (Oct. 12th-20th) we thought it might be a good time to talk about how osteoporosis can affect your feet and ankles. After all, your feet have 26 bones each!

As you get older, your bones begin to absorb calcium at a slower rate. For those who experience calcium loss at a faster rate than its absorption, it’s likely that osteoporosis is playing a part. This is a disease that might have many different causes and risk factors, such as genetics, hormone changes, excessive drinking, or smoking.

What can be done?

The best way to reduce the risk of suffering from osteoporosis is to get enough calcium and vitamin D, as well as to perform weight-bearing exercises when you are young. The weights increase resistance and compacts the bones to make them stronger.

However, if you already have an osteoporosis diagnosis, there are medications that could be effective in stopping or slowing the rate of calcium loss. There might be some drugs that could even help re-build bones.

When your feet suffer from osteoporosis:

  • Your foot can easily suffer from stress fractures or broken toes. (This can actually be the first sign of osteoporosis in your bones.)
  • You can experience bone pain, especially at the tops and sides of the feet.
  • You might get a fracture or broken bone from the smallest injury or high impact activity (like jumping or tripping).

Since osteoporosis can be hereditary, find out if it runs in your family. If it does, you might want to have a bone evaluation. Additionally, if you have received a diagnosis, you may need custom prescription shoes. Orthotics might be the answer for your foot support needs. Come to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy to be sure. Make an appointment today at the Clark Podiatry Center. You’ll receive the best treatments and foot care tips at our Clark, NJ office, which serves the surrounding Union County areas. We keep you walking!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
October 06, 2017
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: arthritis   osteoporosis  

If you’ve been reading our blog posts, you may remember that we have 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot (including the ankle). That’s a lot of moving parts that can be affected by musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis or osteoporosis. That’s why we are taking part in raising awareness, as part of Bone and Joint Action Week, which takes place from October 12th to the 20th.

We’ve gathered some facts and tips for our patients so that you may be well-informed about these issues. We hope they will help you take preventative measures, as well as learn the signs and symptoms related to musculoskeletal disease so that you can treat them early.

  • If you are over the age of 18, you’ve got over a 50% chance of being affected by one of the many musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions.
  • Common musculoskeletal issues include: arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal problems and back pain, as well as traumatic injury.
  • Musculoskeletal issues are a leading cause of physical disability and severe long-term pain.
  • “Movement is Medicine – Keep moving for health and wealth!” is the theme put forth by the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade. This is to stress the importance of physical activity, not only to prevent bone and joint issues, but also to remind those with musculoskeletal disease to keep moving to feel better.
  • Keep your bones and joints healthy! Take care of them through regular lifelong activity, eating a healthy and wholesome diet, as well as healthcare maintenance with regular checkups. See your doctor at first sign of pain or discomfort in your bones, before disease progression. Developing strong bones earlier is important for bone health later, as your bones begin to deteriorate as you get older.
  • Prevention Tips: Developing your strength, endurance, flexibility, and posture are essential to maintaining good bone and joint health. Learn how your body reacts to certain activities and foods, especially if you or someone in your family has arthritis. Furthermore, take caution when engaging in certain activities, making sure to use protective gear and equipment, as well as wearing the correct types of shoes.

If you’ve got symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions affecting your bones and joints, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy for an assessment of your feet and ankles. We are here to treat your family’s needs at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.



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