What is osteomalacia?
Osteomalacia often develops because of a lack of vitamin D. It can cause bone pain and muscle weakness. In children it used to be called rickets, but nowadays it more often affects adults. Read more
What are the symptoms of osteomalacia?
Symptoms of osteomalacia can include bone pain and fractures, as well as muscle weakness. Read more
Who gets osteomalacia?
People most at risk od osteomalacia are those unable to produce enough vitamin D through exposure to sunlight and people whose diet is lacking in vitamin D and/or calcium. Read more
What causes osteomalacia?
Osteomalacia is caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium or phosphorus. If not enough of these minerals is available the process of bone renewal is affected resulting in weaker, softer bones. Read more
What is the outlook for osteomalacia?
Most people with osteomalacia will get better with appropriate treatment although this may take some months. Read more
How is osteomalacia diagnosed?
To diagnose osteomalacia, your doctor may ask about your diet and any family history of bone disorders. They may also suggest you have some tests. Read more
What treatments are there for osteomalacia?
Treatment including vitamin D and calcium supplements will cure osteomalacia in most cases, but pain relief will also be needed while fractures heal. Read more
Self-help and daily living for osteomalacia
Regular exercise and a diet that includes vitamin D and calcium can help reduce the risk of developing osteomalacia. Read more
Research and new developments in osteomalacia
There are different forms of vitamin D and research is investigating whether one form is better than another for bone and joint health. Read more