You Are What You… Feet?

How your diet and eating habits affect foot health

We all know that our diet has a direct impact on our wellness. If fruits and veggies make up a large portion of what you eat, you’re probably in good health. If, however, the employees at the local fast food chain know you by name, you may not be in the best shape.

 

When we don’t eat properly, our bodies feel it. And this doesn’t just result in bigger waistlines; our feet can also be negatively affected. If you are not eating as you should, you’re putting yourself at risk for these ailments:

Inflammation

Inflammation anywhere in the body isn’t good, and when it occurs in your feet, it can lead to pain and even plantar fasciitis. Common items in foods that can cause inflammation are sugars, saturated and trans fats, and refined grains.

Diabetes

A poor diet can make you susceptible to many health issues, and type 2 diabetes is one of the most common. People with diabetes often have foot problems because high glucose levels can hurt nerves in the feet. This could lead to neuropathy, a condition that can cause numbness and pain.

Osteoporosis

When you were a kid, you were probably told you needed to drink your milk so your bones would be nice and strong. This was good advice then and it still is now. Calcium and vitamin D are key ingredients for bone health – especially for older people – and if you are not getting enough of them, this could result in osteoporosis. Weak feet can cause fractures and increase the chance of falls.

Obesity

If you eat a lot of junk food and don’t exercise, chances are you are headed for obesity. And all that extra weight you must carry around will put increased stress and pressure on your feet, which may lead to pain and potential injury.

What should you be eating to put your best foot forward?

Think about the types of things you eat on a regular basis. Is it time you made some changes? You can do your feet and the rest of your body a big favor by improving your diet. This should include cutting down on saturated and trans fats and sodium and eating more whole grains, lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables. And when you add in physical activity, you and your feet will soon start feeling great.

 

If you’re having some issues with your feet or you would like to learn more about how foot health and diets are connectedhttp://www.ninacolettadpm.com, contact the office of Dr. Nina Coletta. We will give you the information you need to make better choices with your nutrition. You can send us an email at info@ninacolettadpm.com or just call 954-452-4590.

That Extra 10 Pounds: Does it Matter to Your Feet?

It all lands on your feet

Your feet are amazing! You have 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, more than 100 muscles, and a superhighway of vessels and nerves!

The average 130-pound human being places as much as 1.5 million pounds of weight on their feet each day!! Now add ten pounds to each step — we’re talking millions of extra pounds per day on your feet just for being a little on the heavier side!

What those extra pounds mean

It’s not quantum physics. More weight equates to more stress on all those joints, ligaments, and muscles. One study suggested that even just five to ten extra pounds can lead to foot maladies. So, for a little added incentive to slim up, here are five painful effects that being overweight can have on your feet.

  1. 1. Flat Feet. More weight can strain and weaken the ligaments that keep your arches highly arched.
  2. 2. Gout. Typically, gout manifests as pain in the big toe, or foot and ankle joints. It’s caused by the accumulation of uric acid which, unfortunately, your body makes more of when you’re overweight.
  3. 3. Plantar fasciitis. Your plantar fascia is a long ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. The greater the load, the more likely you are to experience a stabbing pain in your heels.
  4. 4. Tibial tendonitis. The long tendon extending down the back of your legs, to the inner ankles and feet is called the tibialis posterior tendon. As you’ve probably guessed, it also bears the burden of those extra pounds.
  5. 5. Changes in posture. Just like when you’re lugging a heavy bag of groceries, carrying extra body mass causes us to modify our gait. Not only can this make walking less efficient, it also leads to problems from your arches, on up to the hips and back.

Solving the Catch 22: how to lose weight when your feet hurt

Most exercising involves your feet, so what do you do when your feet are out of order and you need to lose weight? Fortunately, it’s not as desperate as it might seem. Podiatrists and nutritionists have a wide range of options to help get you moving.

  1. 1. Swimming and water aerobics. Swimming laps is excellent low impact exercise. As with anything underwater, every move faces increased resistance. Water aerobics, or even just walking in a pool, allows you to get your heart rate up without putting too much pressure on your feet.
  2. 2. Cycling. Whether it be a spin class, or a cruise through your neighborhood, biking is low impact, and so enjoyable you’ll start to think differently about the word “exercise.”
  3. 3. Custom orthotics. A little extra support for those tendons can give them the rest they need to heal, without keeping you glued to the couch.
  4. 4. Stretches and exercises. Your podiatrist might offer treatment that improves flexibility and strengthens your feet to bring those stompers back into form.
  5. 5. Food. The word “diet” might have scared readers, however, changes to the way we eat alone can have a dramatic effect on weight loss.

Know your feet

Every foot is different, and each of us carry our weight according to our skeletal structure. Knowing how your feet handle it all, allows you to get the most out of your magnificent duo. If you’re experiencing weight related mobility issues, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Coletta might be the first step toward getting your life back.