Eat Right for Your Feet
March is National Nutrition Month, and at Bay Podiatry Associates, we encourage our patients to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Maintaining a healthy body and a healthy weight impacts your foot health positively. If you have foot complications or are dealing with pain from plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, cracked heels, or other foot ailments, you might need to examine your diet. There’s no better time to start than National Nutrition Month!
Here are some great diet tips for healthy feet:
· Don’t skip meals: Skipping meals can be detrimental to your blood sugar levels, especially if you have diabetes. Three healthy meals a day is the best option.
· Plan your meals: Plan your meals for the week to ensure a balanced diet. Make sure your plates for the week are half veggies and fruits and you’ll already be on your way to a balanced diet with proper vitamins and minerals. Non-starchy, whole fruits and vegetables are best, like broccoli or leafy greens. The rest of your plate should be comprised of carbs and fats.
· Lean is best: Beans, tofu, lentils, and lean meats are better than processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, or salami.
· Get your calcium: Calcium ensures strong bones, reducing fracture risk. Yogurt, milk, and broccoli all have good amounts of calcium. Milk substitutes such as almond, hemp, or cashew milk sometimes have double the calcium as dairy milk.
· Avoid excess salts and sugars: Excess salts can elevate your blood pressure, and excess sugars can spike your blood sugar levels, causing your feet to swell. Avoid these complications by avoiding processed, salty, or sugary foods.
Dr. Argiros Mantzoukas can help you determine how to eat healthy for your feet. Bay City Podiatry Associates has three conveniently located offices in Bensonhurst, South Brooklyn, and Bath Beach that are equipped with advanced foot care technologies and a dedicated, friendly staff. For any questions about diet and foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call us today!