Aug 28, 2016
4 Worst Foods for Plantar Fasciitis
Rick Kaselj, MS
There’re various reasons why plantar fasciitis may occur. However, there could also be unknown reasons for its occurrence, which makes the condition even more depressing for many people because they do not quite know what to do to prevent or avoid the situation. Some reasons for the occurrence of plantar fasciitis include wearing improper shoes, carry heavy loads for prolonged periods and being overweight.
HOWEVER, did you know that there’s also a role that FOOD plays for those who have plantar fasciitis. There’re foods that can make the condition worse. Yes, certain foods can do you more harm than good and there’re certain foods that exacerbate certain ailments. Let’s discuss some of the worst foods for plantar fasciitis. If you are suffering from chronic heel pain related to plantar fasciitis, you do not want to miss learning about these 4 foods that can simply make the condition much … MUCH worse.
#1 – Junk Food!
There is not much that comes from junk food that can do much for the body except help us pack on the calories and feel sluggish … or worse … really, really sick. Sometimes, a person’s body get’s accustomed to junk food and this is a bad, BAD … really bad idea. Why? Junk food typically contains high amounts of unhealthy sugar and fats. These unhealthy ingredients FEED diseases and ailments including plantar fasciitis. Hence, if you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, you need to stop abusing your health with junk food. I mean, to be realistic, small amounts of these substances could be permissible and we do encounter this from time to time in meals. However, DO avoid junk food when dealing with plantar fasciitis.
#2 – Meats
Lean meat is certainly better than meat that has significant amounts of fat. These fats clog the body and prevent the healing and anti-inflammatory processes that help to tackle problems such as plantar fasciitis. Unhealthy fats from mea,t feed inflammation and this is bad news for chronic heel pain. When consuming this food with high amounts of unhealthy fat, the body is unable to tap into the resources it needs to fight out inflammation as a result of worn or absent tissue on the feet. So, REDUCING the consumption of red meat can be helpful. Try using other types of proteins. For example, you could find that fish is quite versatile and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is just what the body need to fight inflammation. Say NO to unhealthy, fatty meats.
#3 – White Flour
This is a common ingredient in things like bread, cakes, cookies and many processed snacks and foods. Sometimes, white flour is simply EVERYWHERE we look. Hence, it can be difficult to avoid but NOT impossible, though. Yes, there is hope. You could also switch out white flour with wheat flour and get the same desired results in foods and recipes but with a much healthier outlook, especially when treating the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. There’re many other meals that people that use white flour too as a major ingredient such as in soups as a thickener or as an add-on to foods that are presented with crispy coatings. Hmm … these foods may look yummy BUT what is the effect on your health and pain levels? NOT GOOD! Check the ingredients of foods and cut down or eliminate as much as you can.
#4. Unhealthy Fats
“Unhealthy” is the keyword for this category of foods that you should avoid when dealing with plantar fasciitis. While there’re fats that are good for us, we should avoid fats that are unhealthy. Essentially, these are the type of fats that just make you pack on the calories with no significant nutritional value! This additional weight can wreck havoc on your feet and add to the torment you’re experiencing. NOT good at all!!!
It is important to note that EXCLUDING all types of fats from your diet is the NOT solution. INSTEAD … stick to the healthy kinds of fats such as those in nuts and avocados. While consuming these healthy fats, you’ll also need to do so in MODERATION! So, avoid the unhealthy fats that can be found in many fried or similar foods and eat the healthy fats in moderate quantities. You can also FIGHT the effects of unhealthy fats through exercise. Low-impact exercise such as walking has been effective in addressing foot pain. Hence, if you have been consuming unhealthy fats and have added some weight as a result … there’s HOPE … you’ll find that exercise could be quite helpful.
In general, sticking to healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, wheat flour and similar foods can do a lot more for the body than consuming any of these 4 worst foods for plantar fasciitis. Avoiding these worst foods and you may just notice that changes that you have been longing for. Oh … wouldn’t that just be GREAT! YES, IT WOULD!! Yes … there’re ways to treat plantar fasciitis which include the use of medications, soft-tissue manipulation, chiropractic manipulation, shock-wave therapy and surgery. However, you should note that these treatments have various levels of efficacy .
What if I told you that there was a way to get rid of heel and foot pain through EXERCISE! Is this too good to be true? No, it isn’t. There’re effective and safe exercise routines that may help eliminate the need for those expensive surgeries, drugs and medical devices . Really, what do you have to lose by trying out exercise routines, especially if living with plantar fasciitis has become quite unbearable! In addition to lessening the symptoms and resulting pain from plantar fasciitis by eating the right foods, consider exercise as a viable path to healing and improved quality of life too. Life’s too short to live with chronic heel pain DAY AFTER DAY. So, STOP the pain – EAT RIGHT and avoid foods that are really bad for plantar fasciitis.