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When you’re reaching into the fridge for a snack you’re probably not thinking about your feet, but did you know that your food choices can have a big impact on your foot health? At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we see many foot conditions where nutrition plays a role in improving and even helping to prevent the condition. Consider these foot-healthy choices:

Fight Inflammation with Food—The pain from foot disorders such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis and Achilles tendonitis is essentially caused by inflammation. Some foods increase the chemicals in your body that cause tissue inflammation. These include sugar, trans fats, refined grains, saturated fats and omega-6 fats contained in vegetable oils. Limiting the amounts of these foods in your diet can help reduce painful inflammation. In addition, there are foods that actually help lower inflammation in the body. These include foods high in omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna and walnut oil and also certain fruits and vegetables, including: kale, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, beets, garlic onions, cherries and berries.

Build Stronger Bones—There are 26 bones in your feet—that’s nearly a quarter of the bones in your whole body! It stands to reason then that foods rich in calcium—dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese as well as some of the leafy green vegetables—bok choy, broccoli and kale should be plentiful in a foot-healthy diet.

Maintain a Healthy Weight—Eating an overall balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and keeping sugars and fats to a smaller portion of your food intake will help you keep your weight at a healthy level. Being overweight makes you prone to several foot disorders and will also worsen many foot problems. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help you keep conditions like diabetes and peripheral artery disease in check which can have a significant impact on your feet.

Of course good nutrition is just one part of taking care of your feet. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort or have other questions about how to be proactive in your foot health, make an appointment to see our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker in our conveniently located Washington office.

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