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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Reduce Weight/Reduce Foot Problems

Studies have shown obesity increases the risk of severe ankle sprains by nearly 50%. Being overweight puts significant stress on the bones in your ankles and feet. In addition to the correlation with ankle sprains, excess weight can have other serious foot health consequences, including increased risk for osteoarthritis and total joint replacement. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and in honor of National Nutrition Month we want to offer the following tips to help patients make smart diet choices: 

Not All Fats are Bad: Fat is actually an essential nutrient in our diets but there are fats that are harmful (trans fats and saturated fats) and those that have health benefits. Omega 3 fats can lower cholesterol and help your heart. Food rich in Omega 3 fats include walnuts, flaxseed and certain fish, including salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. Monounsaturated fats also support cholesterol and heart health and can be found in avocados, peanut butter, nuts and olive oil. When possible, substitute oil for butter or other solid shortenings.

Go Green and Orange: When it comes to vegetables, that is. Green and orange vegetables tend to be packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Think leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots and sweet potatoes. Experiment with different cooking methods as well as spices and seasonings. You may find you even like certain vegetables raw, grated into a salad or as dippers for hummus or salsa.

Read labels: There’s a wealth of information on the nutrition labels on foods. Check the portion size but make sure it is accurate for you. Serving size is based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet. If your recommended calorie intake is higher or lower than that you will need to adjust the serving size. You can also find the calories and amount of sugar, protein, fiber and other nutrients so you can choose foods that suit your dietary needs.

Our podiatrist, Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, believes in a total body approach to health. To learn more about how to be proactive in the care of your feet contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling 912-330-8885.










 

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