All of us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center are concerned about your overall health and that’s why we’re letting you know that March is National Nutrition Month. Eating well and getting the right nutrients isn’t as hard as you might think. In fact, it can be fun.
If you follow these methods for eating healthily, it’ll prevent many foot problems. Why? Well, one of the biggest reasons is that eating a nutritious diet helps you keep off the extra pounds that cause foot pain. Children who maintain a healthy weight will avoid problems like Sever’s disease (an inflammation of the growth plate at the heel) and flatfoot, while adults will ward off things like plantar fasciitis (heel pain), arthritis, stress fractures, and more.
Here are some ideas for making healthy eating fun for the entire family!
- Go on a produce department scavenger hunt.
Make a list of five or six different fruit and vegetable colors that you want to find. Eating foods of various colors will ensure that you get a variety of nutrients. Look for purple peppers, yellow squash, oranges, red onions, leafy green kale and spinach, white cauliflower, blueberries and raspberries – etc.!
- Plan more meals at home.
Eating out almost always means more salt and unhealthy fats -think “french fries.” At home, you can control the amount of unhealthy nutrients you eat – for example, instead of greasy restaurant fries, cut up nutrient-dense sweet potatoes and roast them in the oven with just a touch of olive oil and sea salt. Another idea: plan ethnic food nights such as Greek or Mexican to create lots of food variety.
- Read books and watch videos.
There’s a ton of children’s literature out there about good nutrition. Visit the library or comb the internet together for great and fun reads, movie shorts, and games that teach about healthy eating.
These are just a few ideas to instill good eating habits in your kids and take active steps toward keeping the whole family healthy. Remember, even if your diet’s great, you could still develop foot pain. Don’t ignore it; make an appointment with Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, board-certified podiatrist. Our phone number in Centreville, VA is (703) 996-3000.