Eat Right for Your Feet
It’s common knowledge that a healthy diet promotes heart health and reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and other ailments, but did you know your diet can also affect your feet? Your diet affects your entire body! Here at Maple Springs Foot Center, we’re here to help you make dietary choices that promote strong, healthy bones. Armed with only a healthy shopping list, you can eat right for your feet.
More Calcium and Vitamin D!
Calcium builds strong bones and Vitamin D helps your body absorb that calcium. When you’re young, it’s essential that you build bone mass to help in your future. Losing out on calcium when you’re younger can put you at high risk for bone issues and fractures later. Getting enough calcium throughout your life will help to maintain bone quality. If you’ve already developed osteoporosis, ensuring you get enough calcium will lower the risk of a fracture.
These foods are high in calcium:
Dairy products, or fortified dairy alternatives like almond, soy, or coconut milk.
Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collard greens.
Avoid foods that lead to inflammation
Foods high in sugars and trans fats contain chemicals that cause tissue inflammation, which can cause pain and discomfort. To improve your foot health, go for whole grains over refined grains and cut back on sugar.
Reduce sodium-high foods
Foods high in sodium can cause high blood pressure and can cause water retention and inflammation. Avoid pre-packaged foods and cut back on the amount of salt you use while cooking. If you’re prone to adding salt to every meal, take the salt shaker off the table to cut back on temptation.
Up your Omega-3 fats
Omega-3 fats can help to reduce inflammation. These healthy fats are commonly found in flax seeds, walnuts, soybeans, tofu, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. Fatty fishes like salmon are also a decent source.
If your feet or ankles are suffering, call us today. Dr. Stuart Snyder here at Maple Springs Foot Center can help assess and treat any foot or ankle issues you might be experiencing. To get in touch, request an appointment online or call our office conveniently located in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-762-3338.