Plantar Fasciitis: Is Your Diet The Key?

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It seems unbelievable that what you eat could have an effect on a pain felt in your feet, but many studies have shown that plantar fasciitis can become better or worse depending on your diet.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the plantar fascia, the tissue that connects your toes to your heel, becomes damaged or torn. This condition is commonly experienced by runners, and causes extreme pain in the bottom of the feet and the heel. Rest is essential if you have damaged your plantar fascia, but preventing the condition in the first place is the best way to protect your feet. Stretching properly is an important factor, but your diet can also play an important role.

Which Foods Are Bad For Your Feet?

Because plantar fasciitis is a condition that results from inflammation of the tissue in the foot, any foods that have an inflammatory effect on the body can aggravate it. Processed foods, especially those including sugar and white flour, can cause inflammation, and nightshade vegetables, including potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines and peppers, are common culprits as well. Some of the worst foods for inflammation are junk foods and processed meats, so lowering your intake of these can be very helpful.

Which Foods Can Help With Foot Pain?

If you are experiencing foot pain such as plantar fasciitis, you can try increasing your intake of anti-inflammatory foods for a beneficial effect. Foods that contain vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) are likely to be the most helpful, including spinach, oranges and blueberries.

Omega 3 fats are known to be very helpful in combating inflammation in the body, and there are many ways to include more of these in your diet. Oily fish, seeds and nuts are great sources of omega 3 fats, and you can also try taking a good quality supplement to help further.

Research shows that turmeric and bromelain have excellent anti-inflammatory properties, and you may find that it helps you to take a supplement containing one or both of these. Bromelain is naturally found in pineapples, but not in large quantities, and turmeric can be added to many dishes, such as soups and curries, or used to make a relaxing milky drink that can also help you to sleep.

You will often find that taking steps to improve your general health has a positive effect on your foot health, too. Taking regular exercise and wearing shoes that support your body are vital ways to care for yourself and prevent injuries and pain from developing.

Prevent Foot Problems With Custom Arch Supports

When you visit Foot Solutions, you can be sure that you’re in good hands, as our expert fitters carry out a range of observations and make recommendations to resolve any issues you are experiencing. We often advise a combination of comfort socks, custom arch supports and good footwear, along with a daily footcare routine and regular exercise.

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