Make Smart Food Swaps to Boost Foot Health
Your diet is the foundation not only for whole-body wellness but for foot health as well. With just a few mindful choices and conscious swaps, you can maintain and improve the state of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Here are some easy-to-implement suggestions from James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS:
1. Breakfast is “the most important meal of the day.” When you eat a good breakfast, you can be sure that, no matter what else the day brings, you’ve got that much going for you. Skip the sugary cereal and full-fat dairy foods. Go for a whole grain like steel-cut oats and top it with some fresh fruit and almond milk, or enjoy a high-protein meal with produce, like scrambled eggs on whole-wheat toast with sliced avocado.
2. Ready for lunch? Satisfy your hunger with a large salad. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are loaded with calcium. They reduce your risk of osteoporosis, a dangerous weakening of the bones that can cause fractures. Your salad will keep you full longer if you add protein. How about some fish that is eaten with bones intact, like sardines or anchovies? These are also great sources of calcium.
3. Dinner time! Maintain moderate weight by highlighting lean protein like fish or chicken at dinner. Surround it with colorful vegetables. If you enjoy a starch like rice or pasta or potatoes at dinner, consider swapping out the white varieties. How about brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, or sweet potatoes for a change?
4. Last but not least, an evening snack. Ice cream? Nope. Fruit! How about a banana? They are loaded with potassium, which is believed to help prevent painful foot cramps.
In addition to making smart food choices, the best thing you can do for foot health is to see a board-certified podiatrist like James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS once a year for an examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Schedule a convenient appointment in Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A.’s modern, comfortable office on Solomons Island Road. Call our friendly staff at 410-224-4448 or click here to get started today.