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How Diet and Nutrition Affect Your Feet and Ankles

Your food choices and nutritional health impact every part of you, and that certainly includes your lower extremities. After all, your feet and ankles are constantly working to support, balance, and move your body, but just like any high-performing engine, they require the right fuel to function optimally.

That's where a proper diet comes in. The team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists wants you to have all the nutritional know-how you need, so with that in mind, read on to learn how what you eat can help your feet!

The Link Between Food and Feet

What you eat affects your bones, muscles, tissues, nerves, circulation, and skin– all of which matter for foot health! Fortunately, evidence supports a clear connection between proper nutrition and:

  1. Reduce Diabetic Risks: Diabetes, a significant risk factor for foot ulcers, can be effectively managed through a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  2. Decreased Inflammation: Chronic inflammation can contribute to joint pain and conditions like arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, walnuts, and flaxseeds, have anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit your feet and joints.
  3. Better Wound Healing: Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues. Lean meats, beans, and nuts provide vital amino acids needed for wound healing, particularly important for managing diabetic foot ulcers or surgical recoveries.
  4. Boosted Circulation: Poor circulation can lead to foot problems like neuropathy and cramping. Vitamin E, found in sunflower seeds, almonds, and avocados, can support healthy blood flow to your feet.

Optimizing Your Plate for Foot Health

Now that you know the connection, how can you translate it into action?

If you have any concerns about your nutritional well-being or would like more information on how it can affect your feet and ankles, contact award-winning podiatrist Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.

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