Nutrition for Your Feet and Ankles

Many of us tend to take our feet for granted. It’s easy to just come back from a long day of work, kick off your shoes, sit back, and relax. We also tend to put off foot pain as just a natural occurrence or something that “time will heal.”  But did you know that your nutrition plays a vital role in the health of your feet and ankle? Most of us tend to forget that our feet are pivotal for everyday activity. What you put into your body can affect your feet. For all your foot care needs, contact us today at Great Neck Family Foot Care. Our team will assess any issues that may arise and develop a specialized treatment plan just for you!  

What Should I Eat? 

There is no doubt that nutrition affects your feet! So, what does that mean? Most of the food we consume daily isn’t necessarily the best for our bodies. Inflammation is one of the leading causes of foot pain and discomfort. If you’re trying to reduce inflammation, it is important to understand the types of food that can cause this discomfort. Poor nutrition can cause a whole range of issues in your feet such as:

  • Joint Pain. 
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Arthritis.

Many foods such as refined grains, sugar, and trans-fats in junk food are believed to encourage inflammation in feet. Red meats that have saturated fats and omega-6 fats (found in vegetables) can also affect your feet. 

Additionally, eating too many foods that cause your blood sugar to rise such as white pasta, sweets, and white flour can also cause inflammation. 

If you are trying to reduce inflammation, here are some nutritional tips you can do to keep your feet healthy:  

  • Eat more omega-3 fats – which are found in fatty fish such as salmon. 
  • Increase your Calcium and Vitamin D – intake with food such as milk, cheese, and yogurt but keep in mind full- fat dairy does have saturated fats that cause inflammation. You can also find them in fatty fish or some green vegetables. 
  • A Healthy Eating Diet – that includes fiber-rich fruits, lean proteins, and moderate amounts of whole grains and healthy fats.
  • Lose weight and exercise – because it can take the pressure off your feet. 

You are what you eat. If you notice foot pain, look at your diet. If that doesn’t help, contact us today at Great Neck Family Foot Care! We’ll get your back on your feet!