Friday, March 13, 2009

Health Tips for March 13

Health Tip: Exercise for Bone Health

As you age, your bones tend to lose density, become weaker and are more likely to fracture. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to help keep bones strong.

Besides recommending that you get enough bone-building vitamin D and calcium in your diet, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these exercise recommendations:

  • Walking and jogging.
  • Hiking.
  • Cross-country skiing.
  • Stair-climbing machines, or climbing stationary stairs.
  • Dancing and jumping rope.
  • Sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, field hockey and softball.

Health Tip: Helping a Broken Toe Heal

A small toe can be a big pain if it's fractured.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to help ease the pain and speed healing of a broken toe:

  • Any fracture, confirmed or suspected, should be evaluated by a physician.
  • Try not to walk on the toe, and keep your weight off the foot as much as you can.
  • Place an ice pack on the toe to minimize swelling and pain. Make sure the ice isn't directly on the skin, and that you don't leave the ice on for more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Take an over-the-counter painkiller, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Choose a wide shoe with a firm, supportive sole.
  • No exercise, sports or activities until the toe heals, especially the activity that caused the break. Swimming is a good alternative until your toe is feeling better.

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