Eating for Foot Health
When illness or injury strikes your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova is there to help with examination, diagnosis, and treatment. The good news is that, with attention to your diet, your risk of many common issues can be reduced.
Get Plenty of Calcium and Vitamin D
Strong bones are the foundation of foot health. When your bones are in good shape, you’re less at risk of a foot or ankle injury including stress fractures or bone breaks from a fall. Keep osteoporosis and osteopenia at bay with plenty of calcium which keeps bones strong, and vitamin D which aids in its absorption. You can find calcium in low-fat dairy foods, leafy green vegetables, and fish such as anchovies and sardines that are eaten bones and all. Your body produces vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, so get outside and take a walk.
Manage Inflammation with Vitamin C
Foods high in vitamin C reduce inflammation, which causes discomfort and may be a factor in plantar fasciitis, a common and painful irritation of the soft tissue along the bottom of the foot. Citrus fruits, berries, and broccoli are all good sources of vitamin C. Remember that juice is high in sugar and low in fiber; whole fruits are always preferred.
Control Your Blood Sugar
Everyone benefits from a diet that maintains a steady level of blood glucose. This helps ensure an even level of energy throughout the day and makes it possible for all body systems to function effectively. Eating with mindfulness around blood sugar levels is especially important for people with diabetes, a disease that makes it hard for the body to manage fluctuations. Aim for a diet high in fiber and low in fat, with plenty of lean protein and whole grains.
Are you worried about how your diet is affecting foot health, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM can help. Schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Pikesville office. Call the friendly Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started today.