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Posts for category: Nutrition

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 05, 2019
Category: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month, and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we think this is a great opportunity to inform patients about the important ways that food affects the health of your feet.

Weight Watching

Everyone knows that what and how much you eat determines what you weigh. What you may not realize is the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for your feet. Since your feet carry the weight of your entire body, if you are overweight, you are putting excess strain on your feet. Weighing more than you should can be a risk factor for several foot conditions, including flat feet, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and sesamoiditis, to name a few. Being overweight increases your chances for systemic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease which can also have a negative impact on the health of your lower extremities.

Inflammation Fighters

Many podiatric conditions have inflammation as a primary symptom. Arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis are examples of painful podiatric disorders brought about by inflammation. Studies have found that certain foods can trigger an inflammatory response in the body. Some of these include fried foods and foods high in sugar. Other foods, like berries, fish high Omega 3 fatty acids, and olive oil, can help suppress or reduce inflammation.

Gout Triggers

Certain foods can bring on a gout attack. Gout is a form of arthritis that most often strikes the big toe joint and is caused by too much uric acid in your body which crystallizes in the joint and results in severe pain. Foods to avoid include red meat, organ meats, beer, brandy, red wine, and shellfish.

The next time you are in for an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office, ask our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah if you could improve a foot condition you have with modifications to your diet. You can contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 26, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Although no one wants to hear it in the middle of this festive eating season, the podiatrists at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to gently remind patients that excess weight is harmful to your feet. Unfortunately, every excess pound you carry exerts several extra pounds of pressure on your knees, ankles, and feet. This worsens existing podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis and arthritis and can even cause a new foot problem. The good news is, however, that you don’t have to deprive yourself of holiday treats! Below are a few tips for enjoying the festivities without going overboard.

  • Eat before you go to a holiday party. It may sound counterintuitive but many times the reason we overeat is our head—not our stomach! If you go to a party on an empty stomach, not only will you be hungrier and tend to eat more, you’ll feel justified having extras because you didn’t eat beforehand. In the long run, you’ll consume more calories.
  • Survey the buffet. Before you put anything on your plate, look at all the choices. Decide on a few splurge favorites and then fill the rest of your plate with healthier options from the veggie, fruit, and nut platters.
  • Eat and be done. Once you’ve finished with a plate of food, throw the plate away. Holding on to your plate is only going to entice you to put more on it.
  • Water down the drinks. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages can quickly increase your calorie intake. Try alternating a full glass of water between drinks. Put it right in your fancy drink glass and you’ll feel more satisfied.
  • Help the hostess. If you’re busy clearing plates and washing dishes, you won’t have the opportunity to eat as much.

We hope you enjoy this holiday season without overdoing it. If you do find that you are experiencing new foot or ankle pain, however, don’t put off making an appointment at our Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office in New Jersey. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and carefully determine the source of your discomfort. Contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 15, 2018
Category: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want our patients to understand the direct relationship your weight has with the health and wellbeing of your feet and ankles. Being overweight significantly increases the risk and symptoms of many podiatric conditions including plantar fasciitis, arthritis and other joint disorders, flat feet, and metatarsalgia to name just a few. It’s simple: when you reduce your weight, you reduce the stress on all of your lower extremities. In addition, if you maintain a healthy weight, you are more likely to be active, which helps improve circulation, flexibility, and range of motion.

Adopting healthier eating habits doesn’t have to be difficult. Try some of these expert tips and slowly make over your family’s diet:

  • Increase nutrients in your menus and decrease waste by chopping up leftover vegetables and fruits, putting in bags and freezing. Pull out and add to soups, stews, stir-fries, and smoothies.
  • You don’t have to fully give up pasta, rice, and other carbohydrates, but choose whole grain instead of white flour versions and try this trick: place your lean protein and vegetables in the bowl first and then add a serving size of pasta. When you mix all ingredients together you tend to end up eating too much pasta.
  • Avoid the overly large portions at restaurants by ordering an appetizer or a la carte item off the menu and supplementing with a salad or side serving of steamed vegetables.
  • Get children involved by allowing them to pick out different and colorful vegetables, salad ingredients, and fruits at the grocery store. Let them help with preparing them as well.
  • Make some healthy swaps in your snack choices. Instead of puddings or ice cream, try dessert flavored yogurts that don’t have added sugars or artificial sweeteners, dried fruit instead of candy, and popcorn or baked tortilla chips in place of potato or corn chips.

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will diagnose your disorder and advise you if weight loss or other lifestyle changes will help improve your condition. Call us at 732-662-3050.