Nourish Yourself, Nourish Your Feet


March is National Nutrition Month, and Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland ask important health questions about nutrition. What does adequately nourished mean? Is it all just about the food you eat?

What does proper nutrition have to do with your feet and ankles?

Let’s take those questions one at a time.

  1. First, what does adequately nourished mean? In one sense, National Nutrition Month is about being aware of what you eat. Most of us know that we should:
    • Choose a variety of foods – “eating the rainbow,” it’s sometimes called.
    • Limit our intake of refined sugars.
    • Eat lots of fiber-rich vegetables and whole grains.
    • Don’t overdo the alcohol.
  2. Second, understand that in another sense, Nutrition Month isn’t just about food. It’s also about taking steps toward overall health and happiness. Over the past year, the pandemic has kept us away from some of our favorite people and pastimes. We’ve had time to reflect on what’s important to us. Think of this month as an opportunity to nourish your whole self by:
    • Getting more sleep
    • Re-committing to a fitness
    • Spending more time on hobbies you love
    • Reaching out by phone or Zoom for a one-on-one chat with people you’ve been missing.
  3. Finally, know there are tried-and-true ways to provide nutrition for your feet and ankles:
    • Get plenty of calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones healthy and help you avoid fractures and osteoporosis. Many Americans have low levels of vitamin D and may need to take a supplement – check with your doctor or Dr. Oltmann and Dr. Frey
    • Weight-bearing exercises will also strengthen your bones.

We strive to nourish excellent relationships with all our patients from Geauga, Portage, Summit, and Cuyahoga Counties. Call our Solon, Ohio, office at (440) 903-1041 for all your podiatric needs. You may also make an appointment with us online.