Here in Syracuse we have gotten our first snow of the season! It’s time to bundle up and prepare for a long winter season. When it’s this cold outside it is tempting to indulge in heavy comfort foods and stay stagnant, but it is important to stay conscious of what we fuel our bodies with. Conditions like diabetes and osteoporosis are linked strongly with nutrition and eating, and can have major effects on foot and ankle health. Here are some simple ways to ensure and promote healthier foot health through food:
For healthier bones, try to incorporate as many nutrient-rich vegetables as possible into your diet, the most important nutrients being calcium and vitamin D. Dark leafy greens like collard greens and kale are excellent sources of calcium, and many foods and drinks are now fortified with vitamin D. The fall and winter bring many delicious seasonal produce as well, such as rutabagas, kohlrabi, turnips, pumpkin, brussel sprouts, to name a few.
Eat foods that are rich in omega fatty acids, such as nuts, plant-based oils, and soybeans. All 3 types of omegas (-3, -6, -9) help in promoting overall good health and skin. They support the immune system, increase vitamin absorption, and can help to prevent diabetes.
Eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a big role in cardiovascular health and also promotes healthy ligaments. Stronger ligaments means you’re less likely to experience painful conditions like plantar fasciitis. Luckily, it is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, and bell peppers.
Antioxidants help reduce inflammation and muscle soreness, so incorporating them into your diet can help maintain strong and healthy feet. Many fruits, vegetables, and even teas are rich in antioxidants, and can help common injuries like ankle sprains and recovery from surgeries.
Conscious eating and a healthy dose of exercise can prevent many injuries and diseases and promote good health, but for those with more serious health problems and injuries, sometimes that may not be enough. That is why we at Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, NY, are here to diagnose and treat all types of foot and ankle problems and have state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure the best care. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and his friendly staff have a high reputation for their compassionate care and have been serving patients all across the Onondaga County. If you have any pain or need diabetic foot care, we are here to help! Give us a call at (315) 446-3668 to make an appointment with Dr. D’Amico.