podiatrist evaluating patients who are dealing with painful buni ons
in Joliet may want to learn whether deficiency
in vitamin D is a problem. This can be important before scheduling
surgery since insufficient vitamin D levels in the body might delay
Bone Mineral Density
indicates that about half of the U.S. population has insufficient
levels of vitamin D. This can lead to inadequate absorption of
calcium. That, in turn, can result in low bone mineral density.
Medically known as osteopenia, low bone density is not considered a
disease and is not as serious as osteoporosis. Nevertheless, it is
still a risk factor for fractures.
surgery to remove bunions in Joliet, a patient with osteopenia and
low vitamin D may be expected to resolve these problems. Taking
high-quality supplements boosts levels of that essential nutrient.
The patient may be advised to take calcium supplements as well.
addition, weight-bearing exercise builds bone density and strength.
Taking daily walks may be all that’s necessary. Unfortunately, this
may be difficult for people with painful bunions. A podiatrist can
provide tips on how to minimize the pain so that long walks are
possible. A course of physical therapy may be advisable to increase
muscle strength in the foot and improve the function of the big toe,
which is the bone where bunions develop.
having trouble with a painful bunion may contact Suburban
Foot & Ankle Associates to schedule
an appointment, using the information provided at our
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