Many may not be aware of the connection between diet, health conditions, and the health of their feet. However, there are strong connections between the side effects of diet-related health conditions and foot problems. Our Dallas, TX, podiatrist outlines these below.
Diabetes, poor circulation, and gout are prominent cases that can cause foot health issues. Diabetes causes neuropathy, or nerve damage, that puts you at risk for a foot ulcer. If these ulcers become infected, you may have difficulty healing them, causing the infection to spread.
The following factors increase the risk of nerve damage for individuals with diabetes:
It’s important to control these factors as much as possible to prevent diabetic neuropathy and foot problems. Additionally, exercise, quitting smoking, and healthy eating can help reduce the risk of diabetes-related foot problems.
Gout—inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup uric acid crystals in the joint—is another foot problem with diet-related risk factors. Gout causes pain, stiffness, redness, and swelling around the joints of the toes. While gout has many causes, some risk factors include:
There are specific diets recommended for gout sufferers that reduce uric acid production and lessen joint pain.
Complications can quickly arise with diabetes. Make sure to check your feet every day for cuts or ulcers, even if you don’t feel that something is wrong. Contact our podiatrist if you have a cut or sore on your foot that doesn’t heal. This can progress to further issues and, in the most severe cases, lead to foot or leg amputation.
Keep eating healthy and maintain a good exercise regimen. Wash your feet, wear well-fitting shoes, and do not remove corns or calluses on your own.
If gout is something you suffer from, take steps to eat gout-friendly fruits and vegetables and cut back on meat. Watch your feet for worsening of symptoms and always schedule an appointment with our podiatrist if you have any foot concerns.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Dallas, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
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The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.