Surprisingly, you really can eat your way to good foot health, even during the holidays. In today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing nine foot-friendly foods to help improve the appearance and health of your feet throughout the holiday season and beyond.
If you begin including these foods into your diet now, they will help painful foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, arthritis, diabetes, and gout.
So eat up!
1. Turkey: Turkey isn’t only known for tryptophan, which helps provide a peaceful night’s sleep. But it’s also known for its high level of zinc, which helps maintain elastin fibers and skin collagen. If you consume a lot of turkey, your foot skin will maintain its firmness, moisture, and elasticity which results in decreased foot problems like calluses, heel fissures, and dry skin.
2. Pumpkins: Whether in a pie or a latte, pumpkins are full of essential nutrients and vitamins. This includes high Vitamin A, which dramatically enhances bone health.
3. Cinnamon: This warm spice is a holiday staple – it’s also known as a natural drug for conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and eczema, all of which affect your foot health. It’s most effective when applied topically, so add it to foot massage oil, foot massages, and other foot-related treatments. Always consult your podiatrist before trying any at-home treatment especially if you are a diabetic.
4. Green Beans: These power-packed legumes can not only help control diabetes, so sufferers don’t experience diabetic foot issues, they also significantly boost the immune system.
5. Cranberry Sauce: Cranberries are full of anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant health benefits. They’re also helpful with boosting your immune system. Decreased inflammation means common foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis won’t be quite as uncomfortable.
6. Nuts: Eating nuts like walnuts and pecans help provide your foot skin with a thirst-quenching shot of healthy omega-3 oils, which help avert plantar fasciitis and gout flare-ups.
7. Nuts: Eating nuts like pecans and walnuts help give your foot skin a thirst-quenching shot of healthy omega-3 oils that help improve elasticity. Omega-3 oil also helps prevent gout flare-ups and plantar fasciitis.
8. Dates: Dates contain large amounts of minerals that make them a superfood, and especially good for bone health. Not only can they fight off osteoporosis, but they help keep the hundreds of bones in your feet healthy, so you’re less likely to develop conditions like bone spurs, nodes, and bone fractures.
9. Champagne: Good news: You can drink some of the bubbly and spill that champagne lusciousness on your feet. The antioxidants in it can help cleanse the skin, and the acid can help even skin tone.
Be sure to include these nine foot-healthy superfoods on your Thanksgiving menu. If you’re experiencing any problems with your feet, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, to schedule a consultation. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at