Vitamin D is very important for bone healing. Vitamin D is obtained through sun exposure, diet (milk, dairy products, salmon, fortified cereals), and supplements. In general, I recommend taking vitamin D and calcium supplementation– specifically vitamin D3 1000-2000 IU/day (certain patients may require 5000 IU/day) and 1000 mg of calcium per day. Calcium Citrate (Citracol) is the form of Calcium that is best absorbed by the body. Both vitamin D and Calcium can be purchased over-the-counter.
Occasionally, in the setting of osteopenia or slowly healing fractures, we may need to check your vitamin D levels. The goal level is greater than 20 ng/mL for bone healing. It is okay to take cumulative dosing (once a week or once a month).