Good Nutrition Can Improve Foot Health

March is National Nutrition Month and an excellent opportunity to give some thought to the intersection between diet and health. No doubt, you have gotten the message that it's important to eat sensibly and exercise for optimal well-being. Do you know that when you make smart diet choices, you also protect your foot health? Here are three things that Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos would like you to be aware of:

  1. Eating sensibly reduces your risk of diabetes, a dangerous whole-body illness with particular and dangerous implications for foot health. Opt for plenty of lean protein, colorful fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Avoid sugary beverages. Drink plain water instead.
  2. Talk to your doctor about dietary choices that will increase your intake of calcium. It can help prevent osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones that can lead to fractures, especially in the feet' delicate bones. Calcium is in dairy foods such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. You can also find calcium in unexpected places such as dark, leafy green vegetables and fish ate with their bones intact, such as sardines and anchovies.
  3. Remember: diet is only part of the equation. Exercise is essential. Not only will a walk around the block help you maintain a healthy weight, but it will also keep your bones and muscles healthy and reduce the stress on the delicate arches of your feet.

Are you concerned about the effect that your diet is having on the health of your feet, ankles, and lower legs, or do you have another concern about this area of your body? Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a visit with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our safe, convenient Ravenswood office today. Dr. Alexopoulos will conduct a thorough examination, diagnose the source of your discomfort, and work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and follow-up.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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