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Food and Feet: What’s the Connection?


It should be no surprise that your feet require certain nutrients to remain healthy and fit. Calcium, for instance, contributes to healthy bones. You are less prone to develop foot-related issues if you take the recommended amount of calcium in your diet.

The food you consume has a significant impact on foot health. Here are some problems caused and aggravated by the kind of food you consume:


Uncontrolled diabetes is a prevalent illness that can result in heightened glucose levels, exposing you to the risk of nerve damage, among other issues. A healthy diet is one of the keys to controlling blood sugar levels.

Bone related issues

The entire structure of the body, along with the feet, can be affected by osteoporosis because weak bones are more brittle, leading to further issues like fractures and dislocations. Consume foods rich in calcium and vitamin D to avoid weak bone issues.


Eating particular foods has been known to cause inflammation, which results in discomfort and swelling. An inflammatory reaction is brought on by consuming highly processed meals with plenty of refined carbohydrates. Also, avoid excess red meat and white flour.


Consuming a lot of red meat, seafood, alcohol or being overweight might cause gout. Gout causes the joint of the toe to swell up.


Problems related to obesity:

  • Bunions
  • Flat feet
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel discomfort
  • Arthritic symptoms
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Calluses
  • Pressure sores
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Fatty foot

Super Foods for your Feet

For Fungal Infections:

Eat foods with natural anti-fungal characteristics. Apart from looking after your personal hygiene and recommended practices to avoid fungal foot infections, below is a list of foods you can consider consuming:

  • Garlic
  • Apple cider
  • Whole grains
  • Yogurt

For Inflammation

Here is a list of healthy foods to help you avoid inflammation:

  • Salmon
  • Fish oil
  • Omega-3
  • Oysters
  • Tuna
  • Trout
  • Halibut
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Peanut butter
  • Walnuts
  • Oatmeal

For Bone Health

Increased bone mass helps avoid osteoporosis, fractures, and other structural abnormalities. Try and consume more of the following:

  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Broccoli
  • Green Vegetables

For Improved Immunity

Certain foods can help to maintain a healthy immune system and aid speedy wound healing, which is crucial if you have a blister or cut on your foot.

  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Yogurt
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Salmon
  • Chicken soup
  • Beef
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tea

If you have questions about your diet and your feet, we’re here to help. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.