Our feet are pretty remarkable creations. They are designed to take tremendous amounts of abuse. The 26 bones can withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure with each step--and the pressure multiplies when we are running.
The muscles and ligaments keep the bones in place and allow the foot to flex and bend to provide balance and stability as we stand, walk, run, and play. The skin is designed to adapt to the stressful conditions of weather and wear.
Good health means having healthy feet. In addition to the normal foot-care routine and very comfortable shoes, a healthy diet can do wonders to keep your feet happy and healthy. Look at these foods for building healthy skin, durable muscles and ligaments, and strong bones in your feet.
The last thing you want is for the skin on your feet to break down—that can make it incredibly painful to walk or keep you off your feet altogether. Try these foods to keep your skin in good shape and prevent it from cracking and peeling.
- Chocolate: Not only is it good tasting, but it also helps the skin. The flavonoids in chocolate help absorb UV light. Who knew?
- Pomegranates: These provide antioxidants that help keep your skin healthy. You can drink the juice or apply it directly to the skin.
- Walnuts: Nuts contain omega-3 oils that improve skin elasticity.
Even though foot muscles may seem small and unremarkable, it is critical to keep those muscles strong, so you can use your feet for many years to come.
- Cottage Cheese: This cheese is an excellent source of whey protein for building strong muscles.
- Granola: Not only a great snack but an excellent high-carb treat after an intense workout--it also has protein to help rebuild fatigued muscles.
- Cherries: These are loaded with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and relieve muscle soreness.
There is nothing more crippling than to have an Achilles tear or to suffer through the pain of plantar fasciitis. Eating these healthy foods will help keep your ligaments in top form.
- Pineapple: This tropical fruit is an excellent source of enzymes that help your body repair strained ligaments.
- Broccoli: The high vitamin C content helps produce the collagen that makes up your tendons and ligaments.
- Sardines: These provide much-needed calcium, another vital material for building strong ligaments.
Got milk? As you may have already suspected, dairy products like cottage cheese, milk, and yogurt are excellent sources of calcium and vitamin D, the main components for building strong bones. Here are a few non-dairy alternatives to give you the nutrition you need.
- Spinach: There's a reason this leafy green is associated with strength. It is a perfect way to get calcium—especially if you’re lactose intolerant.
- Salmon: Tasty fish with omega-3 oils that is also a potent source of vitamin D and is excellent for strengthening bones.
- Fortified Orange Juice: While it doesn’t naturally have calcium or vitamin D, OJ is often fortified with these ingredients.
Good nutrition makes healthy feet. Our feet are the base of all our activity; we cannot stand without them. Take good care of your feet and add one of these foods to your balanced diet.
We at KURU are concerned about your health and the health of your feet. Our goal is to provide you with the most anatomically correct, supportive, and comfortable shoes for proper foot health.