You probably read that title and thought, yeah, right! But we’re not kidding – there really are some foot-friendly foods that help enhance the health and appearance of your feet, from Thanksgiving through the New Year and beyond. In today’s blog, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center is sharing 7 such foods!
- Dates: Bacon-wrapped dates? Yum! Dates contain large amounts of minerals that help make them a superfood for your bone health. And while they can fight off osteoporosis, they also help keep all the bones in your feet healthy, so you’re less likely to experience bone spurs and bone fractures.
- Cranberry Sauce: Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Diminished inflammation means common foot issues like plantar fasciitis won’t be as uncomfortable. You’re less likely to experience common foot infections like toenail fungus, bacterial infections of ingrown toenails, or Athlete’s foot.
- Green Beans: Power-packed green beans can help control diabetes, so sufferers don’t get diabetic feet. They also boost the immune system considerably.
- Turkey: Not only known for tryptophan, this lean, white meat is also known for its high zinc level, which helps uphold elastin fibers and skin collagen. So, they allow the skin on your feet to preserve its moisture, elasticity, and firmness and reduce foot issues like heel fissures, dry skin, and calluses.
- Nuts: Consuming nuts like walnuts and pecans give your feet a healthy shot of omega-3 oils that help improve elasticity and keep dry skin at bay. These oils also help prevent plantar fasciitis and gout flareups.
- Cinnamon: This holiday staple is a natural drug for conditions like diabetes, eczema, and arthritis, all of which negatively affect foot health. In addition to boosting the flavor of your foods, add it to foot massage oil, foot soaks, and other foot-related treats.
7. Pumpkins: Pumpkins are pumped with essential vitamins and nutrients, whether in the form of a pie or a latte. It contains a large concentration of Vitamin A, which dramatically improves bone health. And with 25% of the bones in your body found in your feet, it can’t hurt to load up on this orange wonder food.