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How Nature Helps Your Bones Heal More Quickly

Dr. Gibson’s Story: “In the summer several years ago, I fractured my foot while playing soccer. As with most people, I am not patient when I can’t run or participate in sports. I therefore looked into possible supplements or other thins that could be utilized to heal bone more quickly. I found that improved nutrition, using care to protect the area and supplementation helped me get the desired healing.”

Poor Healing Potential: Poor nutrition, protein deficiency, smoking and even alcohol have been shown to interfere with healing of bone. Smoking, for example, decreases blood flow to bone healing especially in feet and ankles). Alcohol in excess has also lead to fractures. Using care to limit these factors will increase your chances of healing.

Nutrition: Fracture healing causes increased need for the intake of quality calories. Increased caloric intake is often necessary to speed healing—a two to three times in calorie count may be required to match the energy needs of fracture healing (especially with multiple fractures). The increased calorie count should be from healthy alternatives (not cookies, cakes, cheese burgers, etc.)

Protein Intake: Protein is a key to bone healing, both because roughly half of bone volume is protein and many of the building blocks and enzymes in the body utilizes in the healing process are formed from proteins. Protein malnutrition or limitations may lead to a less rigid or “rubbery” callus. Proper bone healing requires high protein levels to produce a rigid bony callus. (Remember protein doesn’t need to come from meats, but protein needs to come.)

Increased Vitamin Intake: Vitamins play a key role in healing by stimulating the biochemical reactions that build the bone with proteins and minerals. In fracture healing, some principle vitamins are important.

 

Vitamins Bone Healing Range/Day Healing Potential
Vitamin D   800-5000 IU     Important regulator of calcium absorption.
Vitamin C   500-3000 mg     Important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient.  Also essential in bone collagen formation.
Vitamin K

  K1: 250-1000   mcg

  K2: 45-180    mcg

   Essential part of the biochemical process that binds    calcium to bone.
Vitamin B6   25-50 mg    Linked to bone healing.
Folic Acid   400-1000  mcg    Linked to collagen formation.
Vitamin B12  150-1000 mcg    Linked to bone healing.

 

Increased Mineral Intake: Many individuals add calcium to their diet for bone healing, but this is insufficient to get necessary healing. 70% of bone weight is from minerals. Fracture healing requires the necessary minerals.

Minerals Bone Healing Range/Day Healing Potential
Calcium 800-1200 mg     Main mineral of bone (Dependant on vitamin D for      absorption)
Phosphorus  800-1200  mg     Main mineral of bone
Magnesium  400-800 mg  
Chromium  200-1000  mcg  
Silica (Silicon)  5-20 mg  Important role in bone collagen formation. Enhances   effects of calcium and vitamin D on new bone formation.
Zinc  12-30 mg      Aids in callus formation, enhances bone protein    production, and facilitates bone healing.
Maganese  2-10 mg  
Copper  1-3 mg      Aids in formation of bone collagen.
Boron  3-5 mg  
Potassium  4000-6000  mg  

Other: There are also multiple herbal remedies and supplements and alternative processes have been found to assist bone healing. Dr. Gibson can assist in some of the other methods.

Our recommendations (and what Dr. Gibson did) is take a combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs along with a balanced, nutritious diet to speed bone healing.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute