Mom was right when she told you that spinach would “put hair on your chest.” All she meant was that she wanted you to eat your vitamins so that your body would be properly nourished. But it’s not always possible to get all the vitamins you need just by eating.
Vitamin D is one of those things that’s really hard to get enough of just by eating your vegetables. In fact, there are very few foods that provide us with this essential nutrient. Vitamin D is present in high amounts only in fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, and fish oils. It’s also present in small amounts in egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver. Some foods have Vitamin D added to them – breakfast cereals are a great example of these.
Why Vitamin D is important
Lack of Vitamin D can lead to
- thin and weak bones, known as osteoporosis
- softened bones, also called osteomalacia
- weak or softened bones in children, or rickets
- other health problems such as sadness or depression, heart disease, and cancer, according to some studies
Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, the qualified podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland want you to know that the bones of your feet can suffer if you don’t get enough Vitamin D. Low levels put you at risk for repeated stress fractures, or small breaks, in the bones of your feet.
4 ways to get enough Vitamin D
- Talk to your doctor, who can easily check your Vitamin D levels with a simple blood test.
- Take supplements. If your levels are low, your doc might recommend Vitamin D in pill form.
- Eat foods rich in Vitamin D – see our short list above.
- Go out in the sun. When you expose your skin to the sun, your body naturally manufactures vitamin D. Sunlight is probably the best source of Vitamin D, but – and this is a big but! – the risk of skin cancer is a genuine and smart reason to limit your exposure.
Avoid repeated foot and ankle injuries caused by weakened bones by ensuring you have enough Vitamin D. Talk to your primary doctor, but if you have a special concern about your feet, make an appointment with us online or call our office in Solon, OH at (440) 903-1041.