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San Francisco, CA, United States
I have been a podiatrist for 34 years now and I am excited about sharing what I have learned on this blog. I love to exercise, especially basketball and hiking. I love to travel. I am very happily married to Patty, and have 2 wonderful sons Steve and Chris, a great daughter in law Clare, my new grandson Henry, and a grand dog Felix.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bone Injury Healing is Delayed: Think about Testing for Normal Bone Density

Normal bone density is important. Here is an example of Bone Density Screening showing good bone density in this 54 year old woman. The low back(L1-L4) and hip (Total) areas are used in the screening. I was extremely happy about this great test, since she had a problem healing an ankle injury involving the cartilage, and a low bone density would have been treatment even more complex. Even in the face of normal bone density, the recommended 1500 mg Calcium and 1000 units Vit D3 daily are important with any bone/cartilage injury.

 But what if you are low? The video below highlights that simple weight bearing exercises like toe drops and walking is crucial at improving (premenopausal) or maintaining (postmenopausal). With a gradual program, most patients can increase the stress to their weight bearing bones carefully enough to help when bone density needs improvement. Injuries to bone definitely heal slower when bone density is compromised.




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Thank you very much for leaving a comment. Due to my time restraints, some comments may not be answered.I will answer questions that I feel will help the community as a whole.. I can only answer medical questions in a general form. No specific answers can be given. Please consult a podiatrist, therapist, orthopedist, or sports medicine physician in your area for specific questions.