Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” is a condition in
which bones become weak and thin due to lack of calcium. People with
osteoporosis have an increased risk of bone fractures (breaks).
Osteoporosis is often called the “silent disease” because
many people do not realize they have it. However, pain can occur when a bone
becomes so weak that it breaks.
Osteoporosis is most commonly seen in women over age 50, but
younger people and men can also have it. While the bones of the spine, hip, and
wrist are the most common bones to become fractured as a result of
osteoporosis, metatarsals and other bones in the feet can be affected. In fact,
some people first find out they have osteoporosis because of a fracture in the
Increased pain with walking, accompanied by redness and
swelling on the top of the foot, is a sign that you should see a foot and ankle
surgeon for x-rays and examination.
Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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