What you put in your mouth has an effect on your entire body, including your feet. Did you know that your feet appreciate a healthy diet as much as the rest of your body? Here are some simple ways to keep your feet feeling great with food.
Strong Bones, Happy Feet
Bones need plenty of calcium and vitamin D to be at their best, and your feet are no exception. In fact, each foot has 26 bones in it that help you move and go about your daily activities, all while handling impact and supporting your body.
To keep your foot bones feeling great, try these foods that are rich in calcium:
- Low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese
- Leafy greens
- Oranges and calcium-fortified orange juice
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. But it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from food sources alone. Fortified dairy products, eggs, and some types of fish contain vitamin D, but this may not be enough to meet the recommended daily allowance of 600 – 800 IU for adults. For this reason, ask your doctor about whether a vitamin D supplement may be right for you.
Diabetes, Food, and Feet
If you have diabetes, you may already know that you need to take special care of your feet. By keeping your blood sugar levels under control, you can help minimize the risk of problems like neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy often affects the feet, causing numbness, tingling, pain, and sometimes irreversible nerve damage. In severe cases, it can lead to loss of a limb.
Work with your doctor on a healthy diet for your individual needs, and keep your feet feeling great for years to come.
Whole Foods for Whole Foot Health
All the muscles, nerves, and systems in your body benefit from a healthy diet. Your feet have an amazing system of tendons, muscles, and joints that will be at their best if you eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Try to minimize processed food and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables with meals and snacks.
Drink Up for Healthy Feet
Hydration is important for your energy levels, focus and concentration, and yes – your feet! Drinking plenty of water can help you avoid foot swelling, sore muscles, and cramping. Most experts recommend drinking eight glasses of water per day, but if you exercise or sweat a lot, you’ll likely need more. Water is usually best, but sports drinks can be helpful for extremely active athletes who need to replenish electrolytes. Avoid sugary, caffeinated drinks whenever possible.
Your feet work hard to take you places every day. Give them the care they deserve with a healthy, balanced diet. If you have foot pain or questions about the health of your feet, contact the office of Dr. Jeffery LaMour to schedule your appointment!