If you have fractured your foot, you may not think anything of it. But if you can’t pinpoint the reasoning behind the fracture, this may be an early sign of osteoporosis. This is a bone-thinning disease that affects over 28 million Americans annually. It accounts for 1.5 million bone fractures every year!
Unfortunately, osteoporosis many times progresses without showing symptoms until a person fractures a bone without experiencing a specific injury. Because those with osteoporosis have more porous bones, it makes them more susceptible to bone fractures. Even simple movements like walking may cause a fracture.
If the osteoporosis shows any symptoms, they are subtle enough to ignore. Symptoms include pain while walking or redness or swelling at the top of the foot. If you notice these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with our team as soon as possible!
Bone Densitometry Tests
To determine if you are suffering from osteoporosis, our podiatrists can perform a bone densitometry test to measure the calcium and mineral levels in your bones. The process occurs through a low-dose radiation x-ray. Women over the age of 50 are especially susceptible to developing osteoporosis, so if you fall into this category, make sure to get checked occasionally.
Protecting Your Feet
If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you’ll want to ensure your feet are protected from stress fractures. It is important to wear shoes that provide the right amount of support to help protect your feet. We can also help make custom orthotics for your feet to provide shock absorption.
Let us help determine if you are suffering from osteoporosis. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!