What we eat affects the way our bodies feel and function from head to toe – literally! At the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, we want to help everyone maintain active and enjoyable lifestyles. Not only can following a healthy, balanced diet help you lose weight and stay more active, it can actually improve the strength and health of your feet, allowing you to walk, run, and do the things you love for as long as possible. In this blog, we’ll talk about a few changes you can make to your diet that your feet will thank you for.
Our bodies are mostly water. Therefore, it’s important that we replace the water that we lose through sweat as often as possible. The standard rule is that everyone should drink at least eight glasses of water a day. However, if you’re an athlete or someone that exercises frequently, you should try to drink even more. Staying adequately hydrated helps keep the tendons and muscles in your foot from swelling and cramping, which makes you less vulnerable to overuse injuries like:
Build Your Bones
Our bones need calcium to get stronger. Strong bones will help support your feet and prevent serious injuries like ankle sprains and foot fractures that could require surgery. The most popular way to get calcium is through milk and other dairy products like yogurt. However, if you can consume dairy, here are some other calcium-packed alternatives:
Oranges or calcium-fortified orange juice
Be Nice to Your Nerves
If you’ve been living with diabetes for a long time, you’ve probably already talk to your primary doctor about which foods you can and cannot eat. Extended periods of hyperglycemia can damage the nerves in your feet and cause you to develop peripheral neuropathy, a condition that limits the sensation in your feet. You can be nice to your nerves by:
Opting for whole wheat products over processed flour
Eating fresh, leafy vegetables
Consuming lean protein like chicken or turkey
If you have further questions about how a healthy diet and healthy feet are related, stop by one of our North Houston locations, including Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston. Our board-certified podiatrists will evaluate your feet and help you develop a care plan to keep you walking happily for years to come. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114 today.