If you like great food and drink, then August is a great month to be in Montgomery, Alabama. For 10 days, from August 10-19, you and all of us here at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists have the opportunity to explore some new tastes and nab some great deals at restaurants and cafés all across the city. Restaurant Week 2018 is here!
Food and your feet
Eating is a great pleasure for most people, but it’s important to remember that what you eat and how much you eat affects every aspect of your health. We want to remind our patients that your diet can have a direct effect on your feet in a number of ways. A poor diet can lead to
- Bone problems – lack of vitamin D and calcium is linked to osteoporosis, a breaking down of bone structure that leads to easy breaking. Slow healing after surgery or after a bone fracture is also a risk to those who lack dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D.
- Skin problems – a diet rich in salt or low on water can lead to dry, cracked heels.
- Gout– a painful inflammation of the big toe brought on by eating too many rich foods.
- Circulation and nerve problems – closely related to the effect of diabetes and obesity.
Enjoy restaurant week responsibly
By all means, go out and enjoy what our city has to offer in the way of great craft beers, barbecue, and more. But follow these tips to help you through without completely blowing your healthy diet – this week, and every time you dine out:
- Don’t go when you’re starving – if you skip a meal during the day hoping to “save calories,” you’ll probably end up eating more.
- Peruse the menu before you go – plan ahead to make the best choices.
- Find the red flag words – avoid foods described with words like crunchy, crispy, fried, breaded, and creamy; they’ll be higher in fat and calories.
- Think small – try a couple of appetizers rather than a large meal.
- Share – order one meal and split it with friends.
- Sip water – watch your alcohol consumption and opt for water to stay hydrated.
Follow these tips and always remember to monitor your foot health. Any tingling, numbness or persistent pain should prompt an appointment with our podiatrists, Heidi M. Christie, DPM and Chanda L. Day-Houts, DPM. Contact us online or call us at (334) 396-3668.