March is National Nutrition Month. It is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics inviting everyone to learn about making healthful eating and physical activity habits. Did you know what you eat can affect the health of your feet? It’s true. Let’s explore what you need to know about nutrition to keep your feet healthy.
Osteoporosis can affect anyone but is often more of a problem in women than men. Weak and brittle bones can affect other body parts and significantly cause stress fractures. Calcium and vitamin D can help enormously. Strength training is also a significant help.
Diabetes is when you have high blood glucose. High blood sugar levels can cause the body to have trouble fending off infections because of decreased functioning of the immune system. It can affect the feet in profound ways. The lack of circulation and loss of feeling, also called peripheral neuropathy, is common. Diabetic foot care then becomes essential. People with diabetes should check their feet daily for early detection of foot problems or injuries.
One large favor regarding eating habits and your feet is weight gain. Our feet suffer major impacts and stress every time we take a step. Any additional weight can cause an excess of strain that can significantly impact our feet. Carrying excess weight can lead to heel pain or plantar fasciitis. You also want to be careful of too much salt. It impacts how our body retains water and swelling in our feet and ankles. Finally, additional weight can cause fallen arches and flat feet.
As always, if you do find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact a specialist right away.
Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.