When people talk about healthy eating, they may talk about it in the context of maintaining a healthier weight or improving heart health, but it can also play an important role in having good foot health. The feet are subjected to incredible amounts of pressure as they support us through the day, so it is important to ensure they are getting the proper nutrition to stay strong and prevent injuries.
Many foot conditions are affected by nutrition, such as:
- Diabetes – Abnormal blood glucose levels can cause nerve damage, slow healing, and poor circulation.
- Osteoporosis – A progressive disease that results in bone loss and increased risk of fractures.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)- Narrowed blood vessels result in decreased blood flow to the lower legs and feet.
Tips for maintaining good foot health:
- Eat a well balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Include enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Calcium plays a major role in bone development and strength, and vitamin D assists in calcium absorption. Calcium-rich foods include kale, spinach, broccoli, and kelp. Fortified milks, mushrooms, and certain types of fish are rich in vitamin D.
- Limit your intake of sodium, trans fat, and saturated fat.
- Maintain healthy blood glucose levels, especially if diabetic.
- Other foods that keep your skin, muscles and ligaments strong: Cranberries, blueberries, pineapple, broccoli, whole grain cereal, oatmeal, and walnuts.
Eating a healthy diet may not guarantee avoiding foot and ankle problems, but it may help a condition from worsening or recurring. If you experience any discomfort or pain in your feet, however, it is important to see an experienced board-certified foot care specialist to accurately diagnose and treat your problem. At Houston Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Gabriel Maislos and his staff use advanced technology to ensure the most effective treatments for each individual patient. From heel pain, nerve pain, nail fungus, bunions, hammertoes, to diabetic foot problems, Dr. Maislos has the expertise to treat any podiatric condition. Please call our Houston office at (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment!