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By Clark Podiatry Center
February 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: healthy eating   vitamin c   bones   proteins   antioxidants  

Eating right and exercising regularly are the keys to good health. For both children and adults alike, it is important to be consistent about healthy habits so that your body can feel strong and experience fewer problems. At Clark Podiatry Center, we want our patients to be well informed, especially about foot and ankle health. The following are ways to eat right and provide essential nutrients for your feet and ankles:

  • Bones: Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for strong and healthy bones. You may be aware that dairy products like milk and cheese have high amounts of calcium, but did you know that dark, leafy greens and sardines with bones are also rich in calcium? Additionally, make sure to get adequate Vitamin D by being out in the sun, or by eating supplemented dairy products or vitamins. Vitamin D is necessary for the bones to absorb the calcium. Without adequate calcium, you can be prone to osteoporosis and easily broken bones.
  • Joints: Oranges and other foods that are rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants can help keep the joints in your toes, heels, and ankles healthy. For those with joint pain due to arthritis, foods with anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce pain. Ginger, salmon, walnuts, and citrus fruits are among healthy foods that can help prevent joint inflammation.
  • Skin: Don’t forget that skincare includes not only your face, but your feet too! Dehydration can be a reason that you have dry, cracked skin, especially around the heels of your feet. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids throughout the day. Walnuts, pomegranates, and dark chocolate (yes, really chocolate) are great food sources of nourishment for the skin.
  • Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments: Proteins and enzymes are key to building and repairing muscles and tissues. Antioxidants can help reduce inflammation from muscle soreness too. Try foods like cottage cheese, cherries, pineapples, and broccoli.
  • Inflammation and Pain: Some types of food are more likely to increase inflammation. For those who suffer from plantar fasciitis or arthritis, foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent flare-ups. Avoid foods like drinks and candy with refined sugar, fried foods, refined carbohydrates, aspartame, and if you’re allergic to gluten, wheat products.
  • Overall Health: Exercising often, staying hydrated, and eating a well-balanced, nutritional diet is important for overall health. Diabetes, Peripheral Artery Disease, Obesity, and Poor Circulation are whole-body problems that can also affect foot and ankle health and cause issues. If you think you may have any of these issues, see your doctor to get them under control.

Are your feet or ankles affected by poor food choices? Get treatment right away with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Make an appointment today at our Clark, NJ office in Union County to get your podiatric issues treated and to get tips on how to best change your diet to have healthy and happy feet!

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