By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
October 05, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
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Arthritis and other conditions that cause inflammation of the joints can strike anywhere in the body but with 33 joints in each foot, pain and stiffness in them can have a large impact on your ability to stand, walk and carry on daily activities. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and most likely order x-rays and/or other imaging studies to determine the cause of joint discomfort. In addition to proper medical treatment for joint disorders, your diet can play a role in decreasing joint pain.

What Not to Eat

There are certain foods that can actually trigger an inflammatory response. Some to avoid include:

  • Sugar—excess sugar in the body can trigger pro-inflammatory responses in the brain. In addition to obvious sources of sugar (candy, cookies, cakes, etc.) be on the lookout for hidden harbingers: tomato sauce, salad dressings and low fat yogurts
  • Fried foods
  • Refined flour—found in products like cereal, pizza crust, white bread, bagels and pasta, this type of flour has had slow-digesting fiber and nutrients removed, meaning they break down quickly and basically turn to sugar in your body (see above!)
  • Dairy products (with the exception of yogurt, which can help fight inflammation)—these are allergens for many people and can trigger an inflammatory response in the body
  • Artificial sweeteners and additives
  • Processed foods

Foods that Fight Inflammation

Conversely, there are also foods that can help suppress or decrease inflammation in your joints. Try swapping some of these into your diet in place of the foods you are trying to eliminate:

  • Tomatoes
  • Green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach, collard greens and kale
  • Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines
  • Certain fruits, including: strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts (almonds and walnuts)

You may see a trend here: the foods that fight inflammation are healthy foods and those that aggravate it are ones we’re better off without. Maintaining a healthy diet will also help keep your weight down, which is another way to reduce joint pain.

To learn more about how to be proactive in caring for your feet, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction, office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.