By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 06, 2017
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we urge all of our patients (and particularly those with diabetes or autoimmune conditions) to contact our Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Edison office in New Jersey at the first sign of a wound or ulcer on the foot or lower extremity that does not seem to be healing promptly. Ulcers are wounds that are slow to heal and consequently can lead to dangerous infections. There are a number of different causes of foot ulcers and our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will diagnose your wound and prescribe the correct treatment.

In addition to following the foot doctor’s directions, you can help increase your immune response in several ways. One of them is by choosing healthy foods that contain specific elements that help fight infection and increase the effectiveness of your immune system. Below are 5 heavy hitters in the fighting of infections. With cold and flu season upon us, these items are good to add your menus even if you don’t currently have a foot infection.

  1. Kale—yes this super food makes the list for boosting your immune response too. That’s because it’s full of vitamin C. Long recognized as a powerful help in warding off colds and other common illnesses, this vitamin also helps other antioxidant levels to increase.
  2. Poultry—it’s a lean source of iron, critical to helping you deliver oxygen to your cells and also plays a role in clotting. Chicken, turkey, Cornish game hens and other fowl also contain zinc which can help regulate inflammation and grow new white blood cells.
  3. Garlic—certain chemicals in garlic have been found to actually help reduce the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It contains power antioxidants known for defeating infections. In some cultures garlic is even applied directly to wounds as an antiseptic.
  4. Yogurt—be sure to choose the kind with live and active cultures. These cultures greatly enhance your immune system. In addition, you’ll be getting a dose of another infection fighter: vitamin D.
  5. Cauliflower—in addition to antioxidants, cauliflower contains choline, a chemical that improves cell movement and structure and also glutathione, an antioxidant which targets a number of specific infections.

If you have additional questions about foot or lower extremity wounds, contact us by calling: 732-662-3050.