Water has whole body benefits, but is also affects specific areas of your body, like your feet. Now, drinking a lot of water isn’t going to prevent ankle sprains, but water certainly plays a role in overall foot health. Below, we take a closer look at how drinking a healthy amount of water can be beneficial for your feet.
Water and Foot Health
Being adequately hydrated can help to prevent a number of foot problems, including:
Gout – Gout is a condition that is caused by excess uric acid buildup in your joints. By drinking more water and eating a healthy diet, you can help flush uric acid out of your system and reduce gout pain.
Cramps – Foot and calf cramps can be extremely painful, and dehydration usually plays a role in their onset. Drinking enough water can reduce your risk of muscle cramping.
Toenail Health – If your nails are cracking, weak or discolored, it could be a sign that you’re not getting enough water or vitamins and nutrients from your diet.
Weight – Drinking water helps your feel more full and in turn can help you keep off extra weight or even lose a few pounds, both of which are beneficial for your feet, which are tasked with displacing the stress of your body weight.
Diabetes – Everybody should make sure they are drinking plenty of water, but this is especially true for diabetics, because one of the biggest complications associated with the condition is circulation problems. Drinking water helps to facilitate healthy blood flow throughout your body, which can help to prevent circulation-related health problems.
These are just a few of the problems that can be prevented by drinking enough water, but how do you know how much water you should consume on a daily basis. Some say eight 12oz glasses are a good start, while others say you should take your weight, cut it in half and consume that many ounces of water a day. Either metric should work, so long as you are consistent about your water intake.
For more information about hydration and your feet, reach out to Dr. Silverman and Silverman Ankle & Foot today.