Dr. Sherri Greene, a podiatrist in New York City says "When I explain to people that your feet are connected to the rest of your body, and what you put into you makes up your body, they're like 'Wow!' When they feel better after they change their diet, then they get it."
Certain foods can increase chemicals in your body that cause tissue inflammation. Inflammation in the feet can appear in your foot as plantar fasciitis, or heel pain. Foods such as refined grains, sugar, and trans fat in many baked goods and junk food, saturated fat in red meat, and omega-6 fats found in vegetable oils.
Other people may have increased levels of inflammation in their bodies due to chronic allergies to common foods like wheat. As well, eating too many foods that cause your blood sugar to rise quickly, like sweets, white flour, and pasta will also cause inflammation.
To reduce inflammation, you can make the following changes to your diet:
- Eat more omega-3 fats. Fatty fish like salmon, as well as fish oil supplements are good sources of omega-3 fats, which help reduce inflammation. Nutrition experts say there should be a balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
- A general diet makeover. Following an overall healthier diet, like eating more green vegetables and other fresh plant foods, can provide anti-inflammatory benefits to your feet.
If you have diabetes, a healthy diet can help protect your feet from complications of that condition as well. In general, the NIH recommends a diet rich in whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits, lean meats, and a limited amount of fats and sweets for people with diabetes.
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