Nutrition for Your Feet

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Nutrition and Your FeetO.K…so we are heading into Thanksgiving week and this usually means eating—lots and lots of eating! Pies, cakes, breads, rolls, turkey, cranberry sauce…you get the picture, right?

Did you know what you eat affects your feet? People don’t often make a connection between diet and foot health, but there is one! Your feet, in general, can be good indicators of your overall health.

For example, your feet may be one of the first places to see the effects of osteoporosis. A stress fracture in the foot is often the first sign. Osteoporosis is related to an inadequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet.

Two other common conditions that affect millions of Americans’ feet are peripheral artery disease and diabetes. Each of these can hurt your feet by damaging arteries that bring blood to your lower extremities. Both of these conditions are strongly correlated to an individual’s diet.

Good nutrition can help protect your feet from these conditions. Try to have a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. And don’t forget to load up on fruits and vegetables. Food rich in omega-3s are also good to have in your diet, like salmon and nuts.

If you have diabetic neuropathy— oh heck it’s the holidays…why single out any one disease— if you have any type of neuropathy, or unusual sensations in the lower limb, high dose B vitamins are very helpful.

And remember, it is o.k. to splurge a little; it is almost Thanksgiving after all! Have a piece of pumpkin pie or some mashed potatoes with gravy…just don’t eat this way all the time!

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton or Sarasota area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.