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As the condition gets worse, pain can be felt everywhere and any movement can be painful.
A lack of vitamin D, calcium or phosphorus means that mineralisation doesn’t take place normally, and weak, soft bones are created. This is osteomalacia.
Leading medical research charity Arthritis Research UK is using the first day of British Summer Time to remind groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency to beat Britain’s grey skies and top up their levels of the essential ‘sunshine’ vitamin.