Our bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin all need various nutrients to keep in tip-top shape. For feet especially, you need to have strong muscles and bones to prevent injury and pain that may come from natural wear and tear. While vitamin supplements can be helpful for those who might be lacking in some nutrients, we put together a list of food sources that are rich in vitamins and minerals. You may be surprised by what nutrients some foods can provide!
- Strong Bones: Calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for bones that are strong and healthy. Dairy products and dark, leafy greens, as well as sardines (with bones) are rich in calcium. Vitamin D helps calcium to be absorbed by bones, so make sure you get out in the sun for a natural means of getting this vitamin! Additionally, weight-bearing exercise helps to make bones strong and dense.
- Healthy Joints: Arthritis pain in the joints can be made worse with foods that cause an inflammatory response like sugar and deep-fried foods. Instead, look for foods with anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 fatty acids. Tomatoes, olive oil, almonds, and citrus fruits (rich in Vitamin C) are among healthy foods that can help prevent joint inflammation and promote healthy joint function.
- Resilient Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments: Stronger muscles require breaking it down and re-building. Proteins and enzymes are the building blocks for muscles and tissues. High protein foods like meat and cottage cheese, as well as enzyme –rich raw vegetables are your friends.
- Hydrated Skin: Water is so great for your body. After all, about 60% of your body is made up of water. In addition, if you have feet with dry, cracked skin, you may not be hydrating and moisturizing enough. Show your feet love by drinking more water and fluids. For great nutrients for the skin, foods with anti-oxidants like blueberries and dark chocolate give healthy and tasty benefits!
Overall health can affect foot and ankle health – and vice versa. Diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and obesity all affect how you feel on a daily basis. Eating healthy and staying active can reduce your risk of body ailments.
Wondering if you are getting enough nutrients for healthy feet? Come for an assessment with our board-certified podiatrist, Carl Ingrassia, DPM at Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Make an appointment at our office in Fords, NJ in Woodbridge Township, NJ by calling (732) 738-4441. Our team is happy serve all patients in the surrounding areas of Edison, Perth Amboy, Metuchen, Rahway, and Linden.