Metatarsalgia is a painful foot condition that can make it hard to walk or even stand. It can be caused by a number of factors, such as overuse, ill-fitting shoes, or high-impact activities, and it affects the ball of the foot. One way to manage the pain and inflammation associated with metatarsalgia is to make some dietary changes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some foods that you should avoid with metatarsalgia and offer some tips for quick relief.
High-purine foods can lead to the production of uric acid, which can cause inflammation and pain in the joints and surrounding tissues. Some examples of high-purine foods include red meat, organ meats (such as liver and kidney), shellfish, and some types of fish (such as sardines and anchovies). If you have metatarsalgia, it’s best to avoid these foods or limit their intake.
Processed foods contain high amounts of sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, which can exacerbate inflammation and pain in the body. Some examples of processed foods include packaged snacks, fast food, fried foods, sugary drinks, and desserts. Instead, opt for a diet that is rich in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye. For some people, consuming gluten can lead to inflammation and pain in the body, including the foot. If you suspect that gluten may be triggering your metatarsalgia symptoms, consider eliminating gluten from your diet and see if your symptoms improve.
Alcohol can lead to dehydration and exacerbate inflammation and pain in the body. It can also interfere with sleep, which is an essential component of healing and recovery. If you have metatarsalgia, it’s best to avoid or limit alcohol intake as much as possible.
Caffeine can interfere with the absorption of calcium and contribute to bone loss over time. This can lead to weaker bones and increased risk of injury. In addition, caffeine can interfere with sleep, which is an essential component of recovery and healing. If you have metatarsalgia, it’s best to limit caffeine intake or eliminate it altogether.
While making some dietary changes can help manage the pain and inflammation associated with metatarsalgia, it’s important to seek proper treatment from a qualified healthcare professional. A registered dietitian and naturopathic doctor can help you make the right dietary choices, while a physiotherapist and chiropractor can offer exercises and adjustments to improve your foot mechanics and reduce pain. With the right combination of diet and treatment, you can find quick relief from metatarsalgia and get back to your active lifestyle.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Bhavin Mistry, BASc, MAN, RD or another Kitchener registered dietitian at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!