The biggest feast of the year, Thanksgiving, has finally arrived. All over the United States, families and friends gather to celebrate everything they have to be thankful for this year. Tables overflow with traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. All that can really get you thinking about your diet. Everyone knows you need certain foods to be healthy, but many people don’t realize there are also foods for healthy feet. Your foot strength and comfort can be dramatically impacted by what you choose to eat.
Your body uses food to build and repair tissue, as well as provide you with energy to function. Specific foods for healthy feet include nutrition to grow healthy bones. You may need to adjust your diet if you struggle with gout or diabetes, too, since these can significantly weaken your foot function.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you think about eating for foot health:
- Calcium – Your body needs calcium to build sturdy bones to support your body. This is especially important for young people who are still growing, since developing dense bones early can help prevent problems with weak bones later. Dairy products and leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of this.
- Vitamin D – This is vital for your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Some dairy products contain vitamin D, along with fatty fish and egg yolks.
- Healthy fats – Saturated fats are not healthy, but others are important for your feet. Omega-3 is particularly valuable.
- Inflammatory foods – Certain foods can trigger inflammation and pain in your lower limbs. Try to avoid consuming too many refined grains, trans-fats, refined sugars, and saturated fats. Many people have a low tolerance for wheat, too, which can lead to inflammation.
- Purines – These are natural proteins in many foods, but if you have gout, they can trigger a flare-up. Moderate how much purine-rich food—like red meat, certain fish, and beer—you consume to prevent a gout attack.
Food is vital, and it should build up your health and your feet, not add to the problems. If you’d like help balancing a foot-healthy diet and avoiding painful conditions, just let the Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. team help you. Use the website or call our Connecticut offices to make an appointment: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.
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