The short days and long cold nights of the winter can limit your sun exposure and often leads to lower vitamin D levels in your body.
- Low levels of vitamin D can increase your risk of suffering stress fractures in your feet.
- Calcium builds strong bones, but vitamin D manages the calcium and allows the body to absorb it!
- When vitamin D levels are low, the weight-bearing bones in your feet and ankles may not be strong enough to support you.
- If you are over 50, overweight, and have limited sun exposure, you may be at a higher risk for lower vitamin d levels and foot fractures.
Vitamin D plays a very important role not only in our feet and ankles but in our entire body. To increase your vitamin D levels without increasing your sun exposure, eat fortified foods such as fish, eggs, oatmeal, orange juice, & milk to reach the recommended daily amount of 400 IUs of vitamin D.
If you have unexplained foot or ankle pain or have any other questions, please contact Dr. Kylin Kovac for an appointment!
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