The food we eat helps power our bodies throughout the day, giving you the energy to get through work, run a marathon, or whatever you might want to accomplish. Of course the opposite is true too. Some food could send you on a heavy crash, contribute to heart conditions, and even cause issues with your feet!
How to eat right for your feet
Not getting enough of the right nutrients can directly lead to issues like osteoporosis, which can quickly lead to bone fractures or other issues. That is why it’s important to make sure your body is getting a balanced diet that works for you. As podiatrists, our job is to look out for your foot health. To “eat for your feet,” two of the most important nutrients you should take in daily are calcium and vitamin D.
Calcium helps build and maintain strong, healthy bones throughout your body. Your feet have a lot of bones - 26 in each one! Insufficient calcium intake puts you at increased risk for bone fractures. You can find calcium in dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese. Many alternative dairy products like almond and oat milk are also often high in calcium. Many vegetables like broccoli, kale, bok choy, and leafy greens are also rich with calcium as well as seeds and nuts. In fact, sesame seeds have 280mg of calcium per serving!
This essential vitamin is vital for the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D deficiency can also cause a number of issues throughout your body. You can find vitamin D in foods like fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms, and vitamin D-enriched foods like cereals. Many people have a difficult time getting enough vitamin D from their diet, however. In fact, the majority of Americans are vitamin D deficient, so supplementation may be necessary. Talk to your doctor about getting labwork done to check your vitamin D levels.
Collagen is the main structural protein in your body, accounting for 30% of your body’s protein. It has been demonstrated to play an important role in healing and recovery, helping to rebuild muscles and cartilage, and heal wounds. Increasing your collagen intake is especially beneficial for those with underlying muscle or joint weakness or chronic wounds from diabetes. Collagen rich foods include beef bone broth, fish, and chicken.
We often hear “you are what you eat,” and our at agee! It’s especially important for people with underlying health issues like diabetes to consider the effect of each meal you eat. It’s also important for healing of , including fractures, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The more nutrients you can get into your body, the better energized and nourished your body can be. Have questions about what foods you should avoid or take in more of? Consult with our team of podiatrists! at any of our 6 in the San Antonio area to get started.