By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 30, 2017
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that the health of your feet is dependent on the health of the rest of your body. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we want our patients to be aware of how your diet can impact your podiatric health.

  1. Your weight is largely controlled by your diet. This is the most obvious reason to pay attention to what you eat but it’s also one of the most important. Being overweight increases the risk and severity of a number of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and metatarsalgia, as well as non-specific foot pain. Carrying excess weight can also make you less active which in turn can have a negative impact on your circulation. It’s important to not only eat nutrient dense foods—vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins—but also to watch portion size.
  2. Inflammation can be affected by what you eat. Sugary foods and fried foods are known to trigger an inflammatory response, while strawberries, cherries, olive oil, salmon, bok choy, turmeric and almonds can decrease inflammation. Why does that matter to your feet? The pain caused by many foot conditions like Achilles tendonitis, capsulitis and plantar fasciitis is due to inflammation.
  3. You can increase the strength of your bones. The 26 bones in each of your feet do a tremendous amount of work every day. Keeping them strong is an important part of maintaining an active lifestyle. Including lots of dark green leafy vegetables, white beans, fish and low fat dairy products, as well as fortified cereals and juices in your daily food plan will protect bone health.

To learn more about how your diet may be affecting your foot health, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office and make an appointment with our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah by calling: 732-662-3050.