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What is Osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia is a condition that affects bone hardening making them weaker and likely to bend and break. This condition is different from osteoporosis. Both conditions affect the strength of bones but osteoporosis weakens bones whereas osteomalacia makes your bones softer.

Women are more likely to experience osteomalacia, especially during pregnancy. Osteomalacia only affects adults, if this is diagnosed in children then it’s called rickets.


Osteomalacia is commonly caused by defects in the bone-maturing process. This can occur if there is a deficiency in minerals like calcium and phosphate or if the body struggles to absorb these minerals. As the bones lack these vitamins, they might get weaker and softer as these vitamins are responsible for keeping bones strong and healthy.

It can also be caused due to vitamin D deficiency too. This vitamin can be obtained from exposure to sunlight and dairy products.

The dull, aching pain associated with osteomalacia most commonly affects the lower back, pelvis, hips, legs, and ribs. The pain might be worse at night or when you put pressure on the bones. The pain is rarely relieved completely by rest.

Aside from that, osteomalacia can also be caused by certain medical conditions.


  • Easily broken bones
  • Feeling tired
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
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