What are the symptoms of osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia causes softened bones and may result in a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.

Common symptoms of osteomalacia

You may experience osteomalacia symptoms daily or just once in a while. At times any of these common symptoms can be severe:

  • Bowed legs
  • Difficulty walking
  • Muscle cramps
  • Painful bones, particularly the hip bones
  • Very easily fractured bones
  • Weakness (loss of strength) of muscles

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, osteomalacia can result in broken bones, a serious condition that may cause complications. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these serious symptoms including:

  • Extensive swelling
  • Inability to move a body part
  • Numbness or coldness in the area of the fracture
  • Severe discomfort or pain
  • Visible deformity of the affected bone or joint


What is osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia is a disease that causes an adult’s bones to soften, resulting in muscle weakness and bone pain. The most common cause of osteomalacia is a lack of vitamin D.... Read more about osteomalaciaintroduction


What causes osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia is caused by a dysfunction in the bone-building process. Because vitamin D is needed to build strong bones, any disorder that affects vitamin D levels in your body will affect bone strength and development. The environment can play a role in vitamin D deficiency, since sunlight is responsible for the production of vitamin D in the body. Not consuming enough milk and dairy products,... Read more about osteomalaciacauses


How is osteomalacia treated?

Treatment for osteomalacia begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine whether you have osteomalacia, your health care provider will ask you questions, request a blood sample, and possibly order other diagnostic testing. It is important to follow your treatment plan for osteomalacia precisely and to take all your medications as instructed.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles

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