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By Crofton Podiatry
October 13, 2017
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Each year, October 12th to the 20th marks a week of activities to raise awareness for musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions that affect more than half the population over the age of 18. You are part of this population if you need treatment for issues related to arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal deformities, back pain, and injuries with trauma to bones or soft tissues. Because many of these problems can have lasting effects of pain and/or deformity, it is a leading cause of physical disability and severe long-term pain.

Your feet can be affected by many musculoskeletal conditions because of the 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot. That is why it is so important to regularly check, maintain, and treat your feet and ankles. Hygiene, exercise, and healthy meals are important to taking care of your bones and joints.

To help you understand more about bone and joint health, as well as to help raise awareness, read these tips for taking care of bones and joints:

  • Be informed – If you or your family members do not have prominent musculoskeletal problems, there’s a chance you may not know much about them. Read up on the basics of common diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis to understand the importance of prevention. It will also help to know what symptoms look like for early detection and treatment.
  • Keep a solid backbone – Research shows that back pain and other spinal problems can be traced to poor posture and inactivity. Spine issues can lead to other problems in your body, including issues for your feet and ankles.
  • Protect yourself and children from injury – Your body’s flexibility, strength, and conditioning can all be improved through various exercises. Keeping fit and active can prevent injury (especially from overuse), as well as help with faster recovery. Always use the proper shoes and equipment for activities to reduce risk of injury that can have long-lasting consequences.
  • Get proper treatment for injuries – Instead of “walking it off” or ignoring pain, it’s best to treat injuries quickly. Use the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method as soon as possible and seek emergency treatment for severe injuries to prevent worsening symptoms or problems.
  • Take care of your bonesEating healthy and regular strength-building exercises are crucial for strong bones. Start early for healthy bones later in life.

If you are suffering from any of the abovementioned musculoskeletal conditions, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry in Maryland. Make an appointment by calling (410) 721-4505 to receive a thorough assessment and treatment plan. Our team is ready to assist you at our office, which also serves the surrounding areas of Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD.

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