Posts for tag: Osteoporosis
May is Osteoporosis awareness month. This condition causes the weakening of bones due to a lack of minerals and calcium. The bones slowly become brittle and weak and are more susceptible to fractures and breaks due to their low density. This may not seem like a problem to worry about until later on in life, but the truth is that good habits at the beginning of life can make a vast difference on bone health twenty or thirty years down the line. It is never too early to start taking your bone health seriously. That goes doubly so for your children. Here are some easy tips and tricks to help promote good bone health in our children and ourselves.
Eat healthily – This may seem like a no-brainer for any parent. All parents want their children to eat nutritious foods to help them grow and develop into healthy, intelligent people later on. One vitamin that is often overlooked when feeding children is calcium. Calcium plays a key role in strong bone development and should play a dominant role in your child’s food. There are many foods that contribute to calcium levels that are healthy such as bok choy, broccoli, yogurt, cheese, milk, orange juice and more.
Think Vitamin D – Vitamin D is needed in order for the body to absorb all that calcium you have your child eat. Without it, the calcium passes through and is not used to its fullest potential. Foods high in vitamin D are milk, orange juice, cheese, salmon, tuna and more.
Get out and Exercise – having a balanced diet is very helpful for growing bones, but exercise is also important. Exercises strengthen the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the bones of the feet and help protect them. Without strong muscles, our bones would be subject to much harsher treatment.
Osteoporosis prevention can start at a young age. All it takes is extra care when choosing meals and ensuring your child has enough exercise. If you need more information regarding osteoporosis and how it can affect you or your child’s growing feet, consult a podiatrist today. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. A child’s future is dependent on their health.
The sesamoid bones are tiny bones, about the size of a jelly bean, located in different places in your body. Each of your feet happens to have a set of them. These bones are located in the tendon and are located in areas of the body where a joint and the tendon overlap. Their purpose is to make sure the tendon and the joint do not get too close to each other when the body is mobile. They also allow the tendons to snap back and not flatten out completely. This helps when walking and flexing your toes.
The sesamoid bones are not just limited to your feet. You can also find them in your wrist, knee and hand. Because your feet bear so much weight and pressure on them every day, they typically have more problems with the sesamoid bones. These tiny bones, which are in your foot, can be found right under the big toe joint.
Due to their placement in the foot, the sesamoid bones are prone to a lot of mobility, pressure, and trauma. Athletes, nurses, and anyone who uses their feet on a constant basis are more likely to have issues with their sesamoid bones. Although people who do lighter sports and less activity can have problems with their sesamoid bones, the probability drops significantly.
Other ways the sesamoid bones can be injured are due to footwear. Those who have high arches, or like to wear footwear that raises the back of the foot and adds more pressure to the forefoot such as heels, are more likely to acquire a sesamoid injury down the road.
Elderly people are also more likely to have problems with their sesamoid bones. Osteoporosis can cause a bone to alter and begin to grow near the sesamoid bones. This causes inflammation and pain that leads to sesamoiditis. Another problem that can occur is when an elderly patient has arthritis in their feet. This can upset the tissue around the sesamoid bones and cause the patient pain and suffering.
If a patient is suffering from pain in their sesamoid bones, they should consider seeing a podiatrist such as Alan J. Discont, DPM or Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC in Chandler, Arizona. They can examine your feet, take images of the bones, and determine whether or not you have an underlying problem with your sesamoid bones. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Trust us, your feet will thank you.
Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Flat feet
- High-arched feet
- Inward roll of your feet when walking
- Icing your heels
- Steroid shots
- Surgery (for severe cases)
- A bulging bump on the outside of your big or pinky toe
- Pain at the site of the bunion
- Trouble moving your big or pinky toe
- Corns and calluses from overlapping toes