There is a close link between Halloween and candy, but this certainly isn’t the only holiday where sweet treats are part of the celebration. Chocolate Easter bunnies and Santa Clauses, pumpkin and pecan pies for Thanksgiving, and even Valentine’s Day candy all further drive home the fact that our society is quick to appease our collective sweet tooth. Perhaps “everything in moderation” dictates that an occasional treat isn’t the worst thing in the world, but too much and you may see firsthand how sugar affects feet and the rest of your body!
It’s only natural to like sweet-tasting food and drink. Unfortunately, though, the way your body has to process the sugars commonly found in candy, soft drinks, pastries, and other sweets isn’t natural and can lead to several health issues.
Some of the specific ways sugar affects your feet include:
Diabetes – Type 1 is either viral or genetic and considered to be an autoimmune disease. Type 2, on the other hand, is considered to be caused by poor lifestyle choices, including not staying physically active and consuming too much sugar in the diet.
Inflammation – When you sustain an injury, your body uses acute inflammation as a tool to provide aid to the wounded area. Chronic inflammation, though, is different. It is caused by ill-advised dietary choices (eating too much sugar) and leads to plantar fasciitis, diseases, and, in severe cases, organ failure or death.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) – PAD is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to circulate blood throughout the body. With the feet already being the furthest points from the heart, this condition can have a profound effect on getting oxygenated blood to them.
Nerve damage – Also known as neuropathy, a condition that impairs the peripheral nerves’ ability to relay information to the brain. The primary concern with nerve damage is that an injury or wound—without being noticed from the normal painful response—can go untreated and become a bigger problem.
If you want additional information on how sugar affects feet, or tips on keeping your lower appendages safe through dietary choices, we are happy to help. Contact McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group to discuss healthy eating or receive the treatment you need for any foot or ankle condition, whether it is causing pain or restricting your ability to perform favorite activities. Schedule your appointment with our Carmichael, CA office online or by calling (916) 961-3434.