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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 11, 2017
Category: Arthritis

What you eat can play a big role in the health and well being of your joints. In honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, want to share some information about how what you eat can impact your joints.

Eat This Not That to Decrease Inflammation

There are certain foods that are associated with increased joint inflammation. These include most processed foods (especially those high in MSG), sugar, saturated and trans fats, and foods high in gluten. The good news is that there are also foods that can help fight inflammation. Green tea, milk and other dairy products, food high in fiber, fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as mackerel and salmon) and fruits—particularly berries, grapes and watermelon all possess properties that can reduce inflammation.

Weight and Joint Disease

In addition to aiming to eat foods that can decrease inflammation a dietary goal that’s important in the fight against joint disease is attaining and maintaining a healthy weight. Being overweight can be a risk factor for several types of arthritis and it also will make any kind worse. This is particularly true for arthritis in your feet and ankles since they are responsible for carrying the weight of your entire body.

Prevention and Treatment

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in America. It currently affects approximately 53 million adults and 300,000 infants, children and teens. If you are experiencing joint pain, stiffness or swelling in your toes, feet or ankles it is important that you make an appointment at our Washington office at your soonest convenience. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will take a complete medical history, examine your feet and may order x-rays to diagnose your condition and monitor its progression.

A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise (both weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening), a healthy diet, limited use of alcohol and no smoking can go a long way in keeping your joints healthy. To learn more, contact us by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

 

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