At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know there’s been a lot of discussion regarding the secondary health effects from the self-quarantining measures implemented in Macomb County and across our country to help protect patients from COVID 19. The disruption to our regular fitness routines and our ability to procure healthy foods whenever we wish has led to a decrease in good habits that help prevent other diseases—one of these is osteoporosis. May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when your body makes too little new bone or loses too much existing bone, or both. The end result is bones that break easily. The bones in your feet are particularly vulnerable since they have the extra pressure of carrying the weight of your entire body. Below are some facts about this condition and what you can do to prevent it.
FACT: One in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
FACT: Patients with osteoporosis cannot feel their bones getting weaker. In fact, many people don’t know they have the disease until they break a bone.
FACT: Bone fractures can have serious and enduring consequences. For example, of the approximately 300,000 hip fractures that occur annually, about 25% of patients end up in a nursing home, and 50% never regain the function they had before the break.
FACT: Osteoporosis can be treated and even prevented.
FACT: A healthy diet high in calcium-rich foods and other nutrients along with regular exercise can decrease the rate of bone mass loss or even halt it altogether.
FACT: Quitting smoking and limiting your consumption of alcohol can also reduce the risk of bone fractures.
FACT: A family history of osteoporosis or a tendency to seemingly fracture bones easily in parent or grandparents can indicate an increased risk for you.
FACT: A simple and painless test called a Bone Mineral Density Test (BMD) can reveal if you have bone weakness.
If you’ve suffered a broken foot or ankle bone and are 50 years of age or older, talk to our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip M. Watkins about your risk factors for osteoporosis. You can contact our St. Clair Shores (586-779-6140) office to schedule a consultation.