It’s easy to forget about your feet. At the end of a long day, when all you want to do is kick off your shoes and put them up on the coffee table, the pain in your feet seems like a fact of nature. But what if we told you that there were some simple things you could do to reduce that foot fatigue and have some healthy, tasty meals to boot?
What you eat affects your feet
Nutrition affects your feet. That’s right, you heard us: what you eat affects your feet! And not in a subtle way, either. Inflammation, one of the leading causes of foot pain and discomfort, is directly related to diet.
So what does this mean for the average person? Well, it turns out that a lot of the food we consume on a daily basis isn’t the best for daily consumption, if you’re trying to reduce inflammation. Normally unnoticeable, the effect that some foods we eat have on our body can build up, causing a whole range of issues like plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, and joint pain.
Foods like refined wheat and sugar, fried foods, and an excess of alcohol all contribute to inflammation. And don’t get us wrong — an occasional indulgence can be fine in moderation. But when it comes to the health of your feet, it’s important to do preventative work before issues become real problems. Just take a look at this list to see which foods are the biggest culprits for inflammation (and buckle up– it’s everything tasty.)
It’s not all bad news, though! Understanding the ‘why’ of inflammation can help us identify the issue and start working toward the solution. See, one of the biggest reasons we suffer from inflammation is that the food we eat doesn’t always play well with our body’s natural digestive processes. This causes immune reactions, releases inflammation-causing hormones, and contributes to all sorts of other issues that can make your feet hurt.
It’s not all bad news!
Luckily, you don’t have to cut all of these delicious foods out altogether! Studies show that a balanced diet can have a positive impact on inflammation. And this doesn’t just mean eating greens and fruit (though greens are pretty key.) Rather, a diet full of complete, complex fats, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and proteins has been shown to help prevent inflammation and correct damage that has built up over time. This means, more than anything, avoiding synthetic and processed foods in favor of a more natural diet.
Your feet are part of your body! And, as the old saying goes, “you are what you eat.” If you notice that your feet are swollen and painful without much of a cause, you may want to take a look at your diet. If that doesn’t seem to help, contact the Foot & Ankle Center of Northern Colorado for a consultation! We’re here to get you back on your feet.