Did You Know That Your Feet Are Impacted By The Food You Eat?


It may come as a surprise; however, it is true that the food we eat has a great impact on the condition of our feet.  

At Foot and Ankle Associates, LLP, we advise our patients to be watchful of the type of food they eat and the quantities they consume. Here are a few ways in which food affects our feet: 

  • Food impacts our body weight and our feet bear all of it. If we consume foods that are oily, rich in fats or have a high concentration of sugar, our body weight is likely to shoot up and so will the burden on our feet. This could lead to conditions like fluid retention in the ankles, flat feet, ankle or heel inflammation, plantar fasciitis and more.

  • Certain foods have inflammation-fighting capabilities, whereas some tend to cause inflammation, especially in the feet. Consuming leafy vegetables, fruits like berries, fish with fatty acids tend to reduce inflammation and swelling from the feet.

  • Excessive body weight also puts us at risk of developing diabetes which tends to affect the feet first. Diabetic neuropathy is a condition characterized by poor blood circulation, leading to nerve damage and loss of sensation in the feet.

  • Gout is a condition that affects the joint of the big toe by subjecting it to arthritis. This condition can be triggered due to the consumption of foods that create surplus uric acid in the body like red meat, red wine, shellfish, etc.

Feel free to call us or visit any of our offices in West Grove, Garnet Valley, Kennett Square, PA and Newark, Greenville, DE, to find out how you can improve your diet and improve your foot health too. Our expert podiatrists, Dr. Albert Iannucci, Dr. Katherine Sydnor, Dr. Richard Conti, Dr. Victor Nippert, Dr. Sharon Anghel, and Dr. Geoffrey Schilling will examine your feet and guide you to health, fitness and pain relief.