Ensure Healthy Bones for Life
At our core, what are we but a bunch of bones? They’re so important that they’re the base of many of our expressions. If you’re toiling away, you’re “working your fingers to the bone.” If you’re freezing cold or incredibly frightened, you’re “chilled to the bone.” If you know something is absolutely true, you “feel it in your bones.” Bones are the foundations of these phrases and the foundations of our bodies.
And, of course, just like any other incredibly important part of our body, something can inevitably go wrong with it! One thing that can greatly affect your bones is a disease called osteoporosis, a disease that causes bone mass to break down, making your bones weak, brittle, and easily broken.
How our bones change with age
Until our mid-20s, our bones are growing quickly and becoming stronger, carrying us to adulthood. By age 25, our bones are at their peak density, or “peak bone mass.” After that point, you start to lose more bone mass than your body is able to replace. Menopause in women causes an even greater bone mass loss and the natural dropping of testosterone as men age puts them at risk as well.
Can you avoid osteoporosis?
So if your body is losing bone mass right after your mid-20s, does that mean you’ll definitely get osteoporosis eventually? Thankfully, the answer to that is no.
Maintaining healthy bones throughout your life is a great way to avoid osteoporosis. One way to do that is through weight-bearing exercises such as:
- Weight training
- Balance training
- Walking (especially with light weights)
Other ways to slow down the bone loss process include:
- Consuming the recommended daily allowance of calcium and vitamin D. This could be through diet, or supplements.
- Quitting smoking
- Testing your bone density and staying on top of it
How osteoporosis can affect your feet
Often an unexplained foot or ankle fracture is a solid first sign of osteoporosis. Discomfort, pain, or soreness in your foot or ankle that increases when you apply pressure or walk and lasts longer than three days or prevents you from doing normal activities is a sign you need to come into our office. Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas at Bay Podiatry Associates, treats any and all foot and ankle issues and stays ahead of the curve of podiatric procedures. To schedule an appointment, call our convenient Brooklyn office at 718-266-1986.