March is National Nutrition Month
At Kentlands Foot and Ankle Center, each year during March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month invites everyone to learn about making informed food choices and provides the basis for developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Having a balanced eating pattern is important since no single food or food group provides all the nutrients needed for good health. A healthy lifestyle benefits your mind and body, but did you know it helps your feet too?
One of the most common causes of heel pain is inflammation. The resulting condition, plantar fasciitis, in combination with other inflammatory conditions like arthritis and painful arches, is aggravated by eating certain foods such as:
- Foods made with white flour like desserts, snacks, and pasta.
- Certain vegetable oils, including corn, soybean, and sunflower oils.
- Foods high in trans-fats and sugar
- Animal protein sources that are high in saturated fats, such as red meat
- Opt for a Healthy Diet to Benefit Foot Health
Celebrate National Nutrition Month throughout the year with these easy additions:
- Eat a variety of nutritious foods.
- Create tasty foods at home.
- Try different fruits and vegetables depending on what time of year it is
- Choose ingredients with different textures and colors for a variety
- Make Physical Activity Part of Your Day
- While exercise may sound intimidating to some people, it doesn’t have to be! Any type and amount of activity are better than none. To “move more and sit less,” it’s helpful to find activities that you find enjoyable. The recommendation for adults is 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain or discomfort in your lower extremities, call our Montgomery office at (301)-825-9697 and schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jon M. Sherman or visit our website for more information.
Please note that our office hours are currently Monday, 10am-5:30pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm. For new or current patients who do not want to come into the office, we are also offering Telehealth video visits. To schedule a Telehealth visit, please call our office.