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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 06, 2022

Our bones and joints play a vital role in plantar ligaments. But did you know that maintaining healthy bones and joints can also improve your overall well-being? As we age, our bones become more susceptible to injuries. Luckily, there are several things you can do to keep your bones and joints healthy as you age. 

Increase The Health of Your Bones and Joints

  • Include Vegetables in Your Diet. Vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, collard greens, and green pepper are all full of vitamin C, which helps to increase bone density.
  • Keep A Balanced Weight. The best strategy for maintaining a healthy weight is a healthy diet and regular exercise. Also, a reminder that a healthy weight for you and a healthy weight for someone else may be different.
  • Quit Smoking. Do your joints a big favor and make a plan to quit. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes can affect blood vessels and make it more difficult for joints to heal.
  • Get Enough Water. Dehydrated cartilage can place added stress on joints. How much water is enough water? A good rule of thumb is eight, 8-ounce glasses per day, and even more when it is hot outside.

Vitamins To Include in Your Diet

  • Protein. When there isn’t enough protein in the body, bones don’t absorb enough calcium. Consuming foods like cottage cheese, lentils, beans, and oats help preserve bone mass.
  • Calcium. Calcium helps to repair the bone structure and increase strength. Try eating foods like cheese, yogurt, salmon, and beans.
  • Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb Calcium. Other than the sun, you can get vitamin D through fatty foods, like fish and cheese. Just remember to spread them out throughout the day.
  • Vitamin K. Vitamin K helps with bone formation. You can get a dose of vitamin K with foods like eggs, cheese, soybeans, and kale.
  • Magnesium. Magnesium helps your bones absorb Calcium. Find magnesium in foods like dark chocolate, almonds, tofu, spinach, bananas, and avocado.
  • Zinc. Although you do not need much Zinc in your diet, it is a very helpful mineral for your bones. Find it in beef, shrimp, spinach, oysters, and pumpkin seeds.

Listen To Your Body

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to remind our patients that continuous pain in the feet and ankles is not normal. Failing to take care of your body properly can have many painful recourses such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Gout. If you or your loved ones are experiencing any pain, call our Middlesex County office at (860)-632- 5499 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 19, 2021
Category: general health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know many of our Middlesex County patients try to put better eating habits into practice for 2021. We are supportive of this plan! Healthy eating has several benefits to your feet as well as the rest of your body:

  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause or worsen several podiatric conditions, including heel pain, sesamoiditis, and arthritis.
  • Shedding pounds makes it easier to be more active. Exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand. When you weigh less, it’s easier to move more, and the more you move the more weight you’re likely to lose. Being physically active also helps keep joints flexible and improves circulation.
  • A well-rounded, nutritious diet means your body will get all the nutrients it needs. Some essential vitamins and minerals can improve foot health, such as calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones and vegetables and fruits that produce anti-inflammatory reactions, a key feature of several painful foot and ankle disorders.

Take Little Bites

Long-lasting weight loss takes time, however. It’s important to set small goals and not overwhelm yourself by overhauling your diet all at once completely. Below are some easy changes to make. Choose one or two, and once they become habitual, add a couple of more.

  • Swap water for sugary sodas, juices, and sports drinks. You may not realize just how many calories you’re drinking! This one easy substitution can save you hundreds of calories a day.
  • Cut carbs from one meal. Think about what carbs you really wouldn’t miss. Can you enjoy an egg with some fruit instead of toast or add an extra vegetable or salad to your dinner in place of potato or rice?
  • Shrink your plate. Use a smaller plate for your food, and you’ll naturally cut down portion size. Resolve not to have seconds!
  • Have a small, healthy snack before dinner. Your mom may have said snacking will spoil your appetite, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing! A glass of vegetable juice, a small salad or bowl of bouillon, or low-calorie soup about a half-hour before your meal may cause you to eat less at dinner.

If you have questions about lifestyle choices that affect your podiatric health, don’t hesitate to ask our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.  Contact our Cromwell office by calling (860-632-5499).



 








 

 

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