Dietary Tips for Optimal Foot Health

With almost 20 new bars and restaurants, the Domain Northside’s Rock Rose is primed to be the next hot spot here in Austin, TX. Velvet Taco, MAD Greens, and East Side King Thai Kun are some of the places you will be able to find in the upscale mall’s impending entertainment district. Within the upcoming year, Rock Rose could become the “it” place in town. Whether you eat at trendy restaurants or at Austin staples like Mi Madre’s Restaurant on Manor Road, you want to make sure to enjoy the right foods that contribute to foot health.

Get vitamin D for foot bone health There are many ways you can take care of your feet. Exercise, proper footwear, and skin and toenail maintenance are all essential for keeping your lower limbs healthy and looking their best. Another key part of your foot care plan, though, should be making sure you eat well.

With that in mind, here are some dietary tips for optimal foot health:

  • Eat foods rich in calcium and vitamin D for strong bones. The skeletal system provides the structure for our bodies, and the bones in your lower extremities form the basis. Keeping your foot and ankle bones strong is essential for keeping you upright and preventing falls.
  • Consume protein-rich foods to fuel your muscles. The muscular system obviously enables movement, but strong muscles can also reduce your risk of overuse injuries, including stress fractures. Bones absorb tremendous forces, but muscles in the lower limbs can help share the load.
  • Avoid foods with high cholesterol and saturated fats. Your feet and ankles need healthy blood flow to ensure they receive oxygen and essential nutrients. Eating plenty of fruits, veggies, and whole grains keep the blood vessels clear so blood can get down to your feet and then back to the heart.
  • Stay hydrated. Do not underestimate the importance of drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will help you avoid cramping when you exercise (we certainly recommend working out on a regular basis) and reduce your risk of edema.

Dietary choices can make a positive impact on the health of your feet, but so too does choosing the right podiatric practice when you need foot care. Fortunately, we make that easy for you at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. We provide state-of-the-art treatment and are staffed with double-board-certified foot doctors who are committed to your health and wellbeing. Call us at (512) 328-8900 or request your appointment online today.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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