Posts for tag: Osteoporosis
While many folks are under the impression that osteoporosis, or bone loss, is primarily a disease that affects women, the fact of the matter is that men are also susceptible, but usually show symptoms later in life and not as rapidly as those experienced by postmenopausal women. And despite the fact that men tend to experience fewer fractures in the feet and ankles from osteoporosis, their injuries tend to be more disabling and life threatening than for women.
Some interesting facts about men and osteoporosis include the following:
- Twenty percent of men over 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime, with many of those occurring in the feet and ankles. A stress fracture in the foot is very often an early sign of osteoporosis. Almost one third of all hip fractures actually occur in men.
- Men also experience bone loss as they age, but not as quickly as women do during menopause.
- Looking for bone loss in men can be neglected, since it has been shown that doctors often do not check on bone health for men that have been admitted for fractures from falls or accidents.
- Men who are being treated for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), celiac disease, depression, and prostate cancer should also be evaluated for the bone loss of osteoporosis.
Other risk factors for bone loss in both men and women include smoking, drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day, a genetic predisposition, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Certain medications may also increase bone loss.
If you are concerned about foot complications from bone loss or any other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing high quality diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Prolific marathon runner Bill Fornoff has announced that he will be officially retired from running starting Thanksgiving Day.
Fornoff, 70, has been running for 37 years. He is scheduled to have surgery to replace his right knee soon, and has been forced to acknowledge that he can’t do the same things he used to when he was younger.
“I understand that’s the end of running,” he said. “But it’s time to do it.” Fornoff has competed in 76 marathons and 56 ultra-marathons in his lifetime, leaving behind a legacy in the world of running.
It can be hard for seniors to adjust to new foot care habits. If you are older and want to maintain good foot health, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry . Dr. Ladah will provide an exercise regimen and help determine the severity of your foot and ankle condition.
Gerontology and Foot Care
Helping Elderly Patients Take Care of Their Feet
While people of all ages should be aware of potential foot problems, it is especially true for the aging and elderly populations. Medical conditions and physical limitations that develop slowly as we age may prevent people from being able to monitor their foot health. This can be due to poor eyesight, and not being able to see or detect developing situations. Neuropathy can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide a variety of potentially life-threatening medical conditions. Reduced flexibility may prevent proper toenail trimming and foot cleansing, and may lead to some of the following medical problems.
What Can Cause Foot Sores?
-Caused by wearing shoes that do not fit well.
-Injuries that have gone unnoticed, or sustaining open cuts and bruises.
-Pressure on the foot which can lead to sores, or standing for too long.
-Insect or pet bites that can become inflamed or infected.
Why it is important to take care of your feet
-Diabetes, poor circulation and various neurological diseases and general loss of sensitivity over the years can turn a simple cut or injury into potential cause for hospitalization.
-Feet are susceptible to infection due to contact with surfaces that are filled with bacteria
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