Hydration & Your Feet

t’s common knowledge that the human body operates best when properly hydrated. Your doctor will tell you that most folks aren’t getting enough water every day, and its effects can be far reaching. Least thought about is probably your feet. Water has a lot to do with foot health, so let’s discuss what not having enough water can do to your feet.

Cramps - One of the most common foot problems caused by under hydration is foot cramps. Your muscles need a certain amount of water to operate properly, so if you find yourself dealing with frequent foot cramps you may want to try drinking more water.

Diabetes - Water consumption is very important for patients with diabetes. Diabetes greatly affects the circulatory system, and not getting enough water can great exacerbate this. More water means better blood flow, which for your feet is very important, as they are so far from the heart.

Gout - this problem is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints, so being properly hydrated can help to flush this uric acid, decreasing the pain from gout.

Toenails - The health of your toenails says a lot about your overall body health, so if nails are getting brittle or changing color that's a good sign you may not be getting enough water daily. Keep in mind this may also be signs of toenail fungus as well, so you’ll want to visit your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Proper hydration has positive effects on both foot and ankle health as well as overall body health. Doctors recommend you take your weight and divide it in half and that is the ideal number of ounces for your body. If you or a loved one is experiencing foot or ankle pain the best thing you can do is to visit your podiatrist. Ankle & Foot Associates has 17 locations in Georgia and South Carolina to better serve you.

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