Frozen water bottles, homemade foot ointments, and elevation: It seems like you’ve tried every treatment for the inflammation and pain associated with plantar fasciitis, bunions, and cracked heels. However, have you thought of healing your feet from the inside out? Choosing to eat a healthy diet may take care of the problems you’re having. Now is a great time to start, since the Edmond Farmer’s Market is now open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM through October.
Nutrition is largely linked to inflammation. When you have heel pain, your diet could exacerbate the redness and irritation. Sugar, saturated fat, trans fats, and foods like white flour and pasta can attribute to inflammation. Avoid foods that can spike your blood sugar—another contributor to swelling. Eating these foods can also increase your chance of developing diabetes, a condition that usually damages the arteries and nerves in your feet first.
You can curb inflammation by eating more omega-3 fats found in salmon, fish oil supplements, and chia seeds. A diet rich in calcium can build stronger bones and reduce your risk for fractures. Milk, cheese, yogurt, and broccoli are all good foods to eat. If you want to increase the absorption of calcium in your system, take Vitamin D supplements. In general, eating “clean” and adding more leafy green vegetables and fresh foods to your diet will increase your health overall. For diabetics or people who are overweight, it will help you lose pounds and the stress on your feet that is associated with extra weight.
If you want more tips for a healthy diet, follow the Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. To make an appointment, you can request one online or call (405) 285-7408 to reach our office.
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