National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In March, we’re going over all the ways nutrition and food affect the health of your feet. By making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits, you can avoid many health problems.
NUTRIENTS THAT PROMOTE FOOT HEALTH
Numerous nutrients can help protect your feet. Try to incorporate meals rich in the following into your diet:
- Vitamin C: Foods with high levels of vitamin C can help fight inflammation.
- Calcium: Calcium helps keep our bones and joints healthy.
- B vitamins: Adequate B vitamin intake can help with diabetes-related foot conditions, such as swelling or any other complications caused by diabetes.
- Vitamin D: Osteoporosis, or weak, brittle bones, may affect the feet before other body parts, resulting in stress fractures. Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D in your diet can help.
WHERE TO FIND THESE NUTRIENTS
For Vitamin C, try various citrus fruits such as oranges or grapefruits. Berries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, potatoes, and peppers also have a substantial amount of vitamin C.
Vitamin D is easy to get if you buy milk fortified with vitamin D. Animal products are also a rich source, especially fish. Dairy is also a great source of calcium. Salmon, sardines, and canned tuna are all great choices. Don’t forget eggs too!
Various protein sources include B vitamins. Try fish, poultry, milk, and eggs. Many products are fortified with B vitamins. Check the label: oranges, leafy greens, and chickpeas packed with B vitamins.
Calcium can be a challenge, but many foods are fortified with calcium, such as cereals, almond milk, or orange juice. Some greens can be excellent sources, such as broccoli, kale, and collared beans.
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.