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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 06, 2018
Category: Nutrition

What does food have to do with your feet? Plenty! March is National Nutrition Month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM want to help patients understand the importance of diet and nutrition in the health of your feet.

Weighing Out the Options—your weight is directly connected to the health of your feet. Patients that are carrying excess pounds increase their risk and worsen the symptoms of many foot disorders including, plantar fasciitis and sesamoiditis. In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these tips for handling cravings for those less-than-healthy snacks:

  • Be sure that you plan nutrient dense, healthy snacks to have between meals. This will help you avoid becoming overly hungry and less likely to experience cravings.
  • Keep a journal and record times when you most experience cravings so that you can develop a plan to combat them.
  • Distract yourself with a phone call, brisk walk or another activity that you find enjoyable when a craving hits.

Using Food to Fight Inflammation—another way that your diet can help or hurt the health of your feet is in dealing with inflammation, a symptom of many foot problems like arthritis and Achilles tendonitis. Certain foods can cause inflammation to flare up and others can actually reduce the inflammatory response. Foods to avoid include fried foods, processed snacks, refined flours and white sugar. Foods to eat more of are berries, leafy green vegetables, fatty fish and whole grains.

Building a Healthy Lifestyle—maintaining an appropriate weight will increase your ability to be active which in turn promotes good circulation and keeps muscles, joints and tendons functioning smoothly—all of which contributes to good foot health. Your food choices can also help reduce your risk and the symptoms of many diseases which affect your feet (and the rest of your body) such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer.

Talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, to find out the impact your diet may have on any chronic foot conditions you may have. To schedule an appointment at our Washington office, call: (724) 225- 7410.

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