If you have an orthopedic condition such as gout, ankylosing spondylitis, ganglion cyst or arthritis, you will probably work with an orthopedic health care provider such as a local rheumatologist, orthopedic surgeon, pedorthist or podiatrist. Some patients also find working with a local registered dietician very helpful in managing an orthopedic condition, whether they’re rehabilitating back pain or dealing with psoriatic arthritis. Many orthopedic injuries have an inflammatory component, so eating an anti-inflammatory diet can reduce pain and swelling. Or, if you’re recovering from orthopedic surgery, eating an anti-inflammatory diet can speed healing. A local registered dietitian can help people with orthopedic conditions plan healthy meals, understand the glycemic index, reduce saturated fats, lower cholesterol, eat more plant-based meals and more. If you’re an athlete, a local registered dietitian can also help you return to sport and fuel your body with the right sports nutrition. A local registered dietitian can work with your other health care providers, from your local family physician to your orthopedic surgeon. If you’re like more information on how a local registered dietitian can help you manage your orthopedic injury or recover from surgery, talk to your local family doctor or orthopedic health care provider.