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By Clark Podiatry Center
April 17, 2019
Category: bone health

With Spring here, physical activity will be on the rise especially for your children. With this comes the possibility of strains and injuries especially to a child’s feet. Much of this will depend on just how strong their bones are, a critical issue for foot health, but how do we ensure their bones are in the best shape?

One of the most important factors in good bone health is maintaining proper levels of Vitamin D which is created by the skin when exposed to the sun, one more reason to put down those smart phones and video game controllers and get outside.

Factors that Interfere with bone health include:

  • Testosterone or estrogen deficiency – Both help in the development of strong bones. A blood test can help determine this.
  • Proper nutrition – eating the right foods rich in Vitamin D and calcium.
  • Obesity – excessive weight will weaken and stress bones.
  • Genetics – tendencies passed on from parents or grandparents.
  • Continued exercise especially with women – this can stop the menstrual cycle and the production of much needed estrogen.
  • Some medications – see your podiatrist for this.

It is in childhood and adolescence where bones growth wider, longer and denser. Making sure your child has enough Vitamin D and calcium in their diet is very important. Maintaining good eating habits early on will also be of great help. Keeping foods rich with Vitamin D and calcium around the house will help. Most milk, infant formula and many cereals are fortified with Vitamin D while such foods as nuts, leafy greens and fish are rich in calcium, a mineral the body cannot produce but is crucial for bone growth. 

It is recommended that infants receive 400 IU or international units of Vitamin D each day and 600 IU for children and adolescents. Children with darker skin, are obese, have little exposure to sun or suffer from specific medical conditions are prone to Vitamin D deficiencies. Children low in Vitamin D and calcium may have decreased bone mass which can be determined by your podiatrist with an x-ray called a DXA scan.

If you are concerned about your child’s bone health or have any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

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!

 



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