Could Your Foot Fracture be an Early Sign of Osteoporosis?
An unexplained foot fracture may be an early warning sign of osteoporosis, also referred to as the “silent crippler.” Osteoporosis is a bone thinning disease that often progresses without any symptoms. Because of this, osteoporosis is often not diagnosed until a person experiences pain from a fracture.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is most common in women over age 50, but the degenerative bone disease also affects younger people and men. Symptoms include:
• Increased pain with walking
• Swelling on the top of the foot
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with We Treat Feet as soon as possible. And, most importantly, Don’t Ignore Foot Pain! Early intervention can make all the difference in your treatment and recovery. So contact the podiatric specialists at We Treat Feet when the first symptom arises.
Osteoporosis currently affects over 28 million Americans and accounts for 1.5 million bone fractures a year.
Are you at risk? We Treat Feet can help you find out.
Testing for Osteoporosis
Our foot and ankle surgeons are able to diagnose osteoporosis through bone densitometry tests, which measure calcium and mineral levels in the bones through low-dose radiation x-ray, or possibly through a routine x-ray.
Treatment for Osteoporosis
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, it’s important to protect your feet from stress fractures. Wear shoes that provide support and cushioning, such as athletic running shoes, to provide extra shock absorption and protection. Custom orthotics may also be recommended to protect the foot from pressure and provide shock absorption, particularly during exercise.
If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!
We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.
From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.
Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!