Dr. Nina Coletta
Nina Coletta, DPM, PA Podiatric Medicine, website
We all know that our diet has a direct impact on our wellness. If fruits and veggies make up a large portion of what you eat, you’re probably in good health. If, however, the employees at the local fast food chain know you by name, you may not be in the best shape.
When we don’t eat properly, our bodies feel it. And this doesn’t just result in bigger waistlines; our feet can also be negatively affected. If you are not eating as you should, you’re putting yourself at risk for these ailments:
Inflammation anywhere in the body isn’t good, and when it occurs in your feet, it can lead to pain and even plantar fasciitis. Common items in foods that can cause inflammation are sugars, saturated and trans fats, and refined grains.
A poor diet can make you susceptible to many health issues, and type 2 diabetes is one of the most common. People with diabetes often have foot problems because high glucose levels can hurt nerves in the feet. This could lead to neuropathy, a condition that can cause numbness and pain.
When you were a kid, you were probably told you needed to drink your milk so your bones would be nice and strong. This was good advice then and it still is now. Calcium and vitamin D are key ingredients for bone health – especially for older people – and if you are not getting enough of them, this could result in osteoporosis. Weak feet can cause fractures and increase the chance of falls.
If you eat a lot of junk food and don’t exercise, chances are you are headed for obesity. And all that extra weight you must carry around will put increased stress and pressure on your feet, which may lead to pain and potential injury.
What should you be eating to put your best foot forward?
Think about the types of things you eat on a regular basis. Is it time you made some changes? You can do your feet and the rest of your body a big favor by improving your diet. This should include cutting down on saturated and trans fats and sodium and eating more whole grains, lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables. And when you add in physical activity, you and your feet will soon start feeling great.