Starting the New Year Off on the RIGHT FOOT!

The hustle and bustle and glitter of the holidays is behind us and the New Year with its resolutions is upon us. It probably won’t come as a surprise that the most common New Year’s Resolutions are health related. In fact, the top 3 resolutions people make are to exercise more, lose weight, and eat better. Do these resolutions sound familiar to you? You might find it comforting to know that I’m squarely in that boat myself and that I have health and fitness goals in mind for 2018. Personally, I'd love to be ready to compete in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September this year.  So this post is for us! It’s dedicated to helping us meet our New Year’s Resolutions with a twist: keeping the health of our feet in mind as we strive to achieve our goals. 

Are you looking to lose weight by eating better and exercising more? Are you ready to jump in, feet first? That thought thrills me because besides joining you in my personal resolution to lose weight and exercise more, having healthy patients is the goal of my practice in Manteca, CA!

In this post, let’s tackle the goal of eating healthier in 2018. This is a fantastic resolution for the health of our feet! Did you know that the foot has a whopping 26 bones in it? Second only to the hand, it is the part of our body with the most bones! Since our feet have so many bones, eating in a way that prevents bone degeneration, like osteoporosis, is paramount to maintaining proper foot health! Individuals with osteoporosis tend to visit my office more often with conditions like stress fractures in the foot or from injuries from falling because of a lack of essential vitamins such as vitamin D and calcium. So as we jump into our New Year’s Resolution to eat smarter, let’s not skimp on our dairy products! The marketing hype is real: milk does a body good.  Lactose intolerant or vegan? There are plenty of other foods rich in these nutrients such as leafy greens, fatty fish, and vitamin D-fortified foods like cereals and juices.

Check out my next post on Achieving Our Goals One Step at a Time. In it I talk about how to meet our New Year's Resolution to exercise more and I give you my opinions on footwear and avoiding injury. In the mean time, Happy New Year!