Doctors see increase in patients with osteoporosis symptoms in feet
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, osteoporosis is frequently referred to as the "silent crippler" since it often progresses without any symptoms or is not diagnosed until a person experiences pain from a bone fracture. The college recently reported that unexplained foot fractures may be the first sign of osteoporosis.
While the condition is most commonly seen in women over age 50, younger people and men are also affected. Early symptoms can include increased pain with walking accompanied by redness and swelling on the top of the foot.
Georgeanne Botek, a Cleveland foot and ankle surgeon, said that the porous nature of bones in people with osteoporosis makes them more susceptible to bone fractures, especially in the feet.
"Oftentimes patients don't seek treatment for their symptoms for weeks or even months, thinking the pain will pass," said Dr Botek. "The best advice is, don't ignore foot pain of any type. Early intervention can make all the difference in your treatment and recovery."
Foot and ankle surgeons are able to diagnose osteoporosis through bone densitometry tests, which measure calcium and mineral levels in the bones through low-dose radiation x-ray, or possibly through a routine x-ray.