Make Simple Food Swaps to Improve Foot Health

Like so much about self-care, much about foot and ankle health can be improved through regular exercise and a healthy diet. How much do you know about eating for foot health? Here are some suggestions from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos for four simple, painless food swaps to make in 2020:

  1. Skip sweetened cereal for breakfast. Studies have shown that a bowl of oatmeal daily can have positive impact on cholesterol. Topping your oatmeal with berries helps you get one of your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Sliced bananas will help you take in more potassium, which can help prevent and alleviate foot cramps.
  2. Lay off the sugary beverages, caffeine, and alcohol. Sweet drinks are very high in calories and especially dangerous for people with diabetes; alcohol and caffeine are dehydrating and (surprisingly!) can contribute to both dehydration and swelling in the lower legs. Drink plain water or flavored seltzer instead.
  3. Limit your intake of red meat. Too much red meat can contribute to cardiovascular disease and can diminish circulation in the lower legs. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can result and dangerous blood clots can occur. Choose chicken or fish instead.
  4. If you’re eating more dairy foods to increase your intake of calcium and reduce your risk of osteoporosis, that’s great, but be sure that your choices are low-fat to limit calorie intake. Did you know that calcium could also be found in dark, leafy greens? Next time you’re having salad, say no to iceberg and other light-colored lettuces. Try spinach or kale instead. The 33 bones in your feet and ankles will thank you.

Of course, the best change you can make for foot and ankle health is to commit to regular visits with a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. With years of training and experience, your podiatrist is the best-qualified doctor to care for this part of your body. Call or friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a visit in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office today.

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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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