Jane Fonda rests her broken foot on setJane Fonda was recently seen wearing a walking boot and elevating her broken foot while on the set of her new Netflix show, Grace and Frankie. Unfortunately the actress, who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis at the age of  65, and who also suffered from bulimia and breast cancer in the past, is no stranger to broken bones; she’s admitted to the Daily Mail that, “My bones are fragile…I’ve broken one foot four times and the other foot once and I’ve broken a lot of other bones too.”

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time; as a result, the condition obviously grows worse as you grow older.  When you combine this condition with other bone-weakening factors like Jane has, it is no surprise that she has suffered multiple fractures.

Just because you are pre-disposed to breaking bones doesn’t mean you can’t take preventative measures to protect yourself. Did you know that you can actually strengthen your bones through exercise? Engaging in regular, moderate exercise for at least six months can actually help you build bone density; adding calcium and Vitamin D into your diet will help support bone strength and prevent further deterioration and injury.

Of course any such workout program must be supervised by your doctor in order to make sure your aren’t at risk of injury. If you have weak bones or have repeatedly suffered fractures in your feet, schedule an appointment with your Houston podiatrist to see how we can help protect the delicate bones in your feet while still allowing you to stay active. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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