Modify Your Diet to Protect Joints and Bones

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Did you know that October 12-20 is Bone and Joint Action Week? At Gentle Professional Foot Care we believe that it’s important to educate our patients on the importance of protecting the health of their joints and bones. Why? Consider these facts:

·Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of long-term pain and disability.

·Over half of all Americans age 18 and over are currently affected by musculoskeletal conditions.

·The number of adults requiring medical care for a musculoskeletal condition (this includes: back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis and spinal deformity) has increased 19% over the last decade.

What’s Food Got to Do With It?

There are many aspects to bone and joint health, but one simple area you can improve quite easily is your diet. There are 3 main ways that food impacts joint and bone health:

Overall diet: are you eating a healthy and well balanced diet? If yes, chances are you are maintaining an appropriate weight. Being overweight or obese puts undue strain on joints and bones, particularly in your feet and lower extremities. If you are overweight, the sooner you lose weight the better, because carrying excess weight has a cumulative effect on bones and joints, causing them to deteriorate more rapidly than in a person who is not overweight.

What you take in: eating a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D helps build and maintain strong bones. Most people are aware that calcium can be found in dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, but there are other sources as well: leafy greens such as kale and bok choy, kidney and white beans, sardines, almonds and edamame. Look for calcium-fortified soy milk, cereals and juices, too. There are also foods that researchers believe reduce inflammation: berries, cherries, raisins, salmon, ginger, sweet potatoes and kale, to name a few.

What you don’t eat: there are foods that are known to trigger an inflammatory response. Fortunately, these are foods that you will probably be trying to avoid if you are striving for a healthy diet: fried foods, sugar, processed foods and refined flours.

If you have concerns about the health of the joints or bones in your feet or ankles, contact our Venice office at (941) 493-7999. Our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, will examine your feet and make recommendations to address your concerns.