Boost Foot Fitness For National Nutrition Month!


National Nutrition Month is here, and as always, March serves as a timely reminder that what we eat affects our entire body, feet and ankles included. The team at Your Next Step knows that lifestyle modifications like prioritizing a healthy diet can make a world of difference, so this post will explain how proper nutrition plays a crucial role in keeping the lower extremities healthy and strong.

Read on to learn about five foot and ankle concerns that can be changed for the better by a balanced nutrient intake. Your feet will appreciate it!

  1. Plantar Fasciitis:

This unpleasant inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue in the sole, can be exacerbated by excess weight. Maintaining a healthy weight through proper nutrition can significantly reduce stress on the plantar fascia and alleviate pain.

  1. Bunions and Hammertoes:

While genetics are a factor, improper footwear and dietary choices also contribute to these bony deformities. Limiting processed foods and refined carbohydrates may help manage and reduce pressure on the forefoot, potentially preventing deformity.

  1. Brittle Nails:

Weak, easily broken nails can be a sign of nutritional deficiencies, and they may contribute to unpleasant complications like ingrown toenails. Biotin, a B vitamin naturally found in eggs, nuts, and avocados, is essential for healthy nail growth.

  1. Heel Fissures:

These deep cracks are painful and susceptible to infection, making them a grave concern for diabetics. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish and flaxseeds, can promote skin health and improve wound healing.

  1. Edema:

Various factors can cause fluid retention in the feet and ankles, including certain medications and dietary choices. Limiting sodium intake and ensuring adequate potassium intake (think bananas and leafy greens) regulates fluids, reducing swelling.

Some choices really are straightforward. By choosing a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, you’ll keep your feet and ankles fit and fresh!

Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache are experts in all forms of foot and ankle care, and they’d be pleased to treat your feet! For further assistance or information, schedule an appointment by contacting Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center in Greater Philadelphia today.

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