The connection between your stomach and your feet is actually a lot closer than most people realize, says Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum of Delray Beach Podiatry.

The Connection Between Food and Your Feet
The Connection Between Food and Your Feet

“You are what you eat,” Dr. Goldbaum says with a chuckle, “and that old saying most certainly extends all the way to your feet.”

As more information continues to come out about the connection between healthy eating and healthy living, it’s been discovered that certain foods can potentially increase the amount of chemicals in your body that have been known to cause tissue inflammation.

This inflammation, according to Dr. Goldbaum, could manifest itself as anything from excessive heel pain to a common condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue running from your heel bone to the front of your foot.

Of the foods that are known to encourage inflammation, refined grains, sugar, and trans fats – basically the ingredients found in many junk foods – are some of the biggest culprits. Additionally, saturated fat in red meat and certain vegetable oils, such as corn, soybean, and sunflower oils, have also been known to put your body at an increased risk of inflammation.

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There are various reasons why our feet sweat.

There are roughly 250,000 sweat glands on a pair of feet, which produce as much as half a pint of moisture each day.

How to Prevent Sweaty Feet (DelrayBeachPodiatry.com)
How to Prevent Sweaty Feet (DelrayBeachPodiatry.com)

Most people sweat when it’s hot out, or when they become warm. There are others, however, who sweat excessively almost all the time.

No one knows exactly why it occurs, but genetics is said to play a role, as individuals with sweaty feet commonly share their affliction with their families.

Additionally, some experts believe that conditions that cause people to sweat excessively regardless of their surroundings, such as hyperhidrosis, may have something to do with the sympathetic nervous system, but it is still unknown whether this is due to over-activity of the system or the sweat glands themselves.

Aside from genetics, excessive sweating is most commonly brought on by emotional stress or physical exertion.

Your feet may also be sweating due to the type of footwear you use. The biggest offenders are certain types of shoes and shoes that are made of plastic or some type of synthetic fabric lining. Nylon and 100% cotton socks act like a sponge and lock moisture in, which in turn keeps your feet wet at all times.

If your feet sweat excessively and are not treated properly, it is more than likely that itchiness, redness and foul odor will follow.

Luckily, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum of Delray Beach Podiatry is here to help!

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If you are suffering from heel pain in South Florida, the Boca Raton Podiatry Center can help!

If you spend your days working on hard surfaces or wear shoes that irritate sensitive tissues, it’s easy to develop heel pain, which is the most common problem that can affect the foot and ankle.

The Boca Raton Podiatry Center is located at 2900 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton,  FL (South BLDG).
The Boca Raton Podiatry Center is located at 2900 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton,
FL (South BLDG).

Your heel can hurt for any number of reasons, the most common being an inflammation or tearing of the plantar fascia, a band of fibrous connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone across the arch to the toes. This condition is known as plantar fasciitis and can cause pain that radiates from the heel to other parts of the foot.

If you are suffering from chronic heel pain, it is imperative that you consult your primary care doctor or orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist right away to determine the severity of the issue and to develop a treatment plan. In most cases, a doctor will examine the heel, looking and feeling for signs of tenderness and swelling.

Five common treatment tips for heel pain include:

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Whether you’re rehabbing after an injury or simply looking to help safeguard yourself from a future one, Delray Beach Podiatry has the information you need to strengthen your ankles.

Learn how to strengthen your ankles with the easy exercises in this article!
Learn how to strengthen your ankles with the easy exercises in this article!

At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience, notes that your ankles should not be neglected when it comes to your exercise routines, as they are a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tissues, and nerves that endure constant pressure throughout the day as they absorb your body weight every time your lower limbs strike the ground.

First, there are four basic motions of the ankle joint that you should know before you begin your exercises:

  •  Plantar flexion: pointing your toes away from the knee.
  •  Dorsi flexion: pulling your toes upward off the ground and toward the knee.
  •  Inversion: pointing your toes inward (toward each other).
  •  Eversion: pointing your toes outward (away from each other).

It’s also important to remember that you also pay attention to the back of the lower leg, as well as the front. Tight calf muscles can lead to foot, ankle, and knee injuries and problems. Additionally, the Achilles tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel should also be stretched.

With that in mind, here are five exercises approved by Dr. Goldbaum that you can do to strengthen and reward your ankles and lower legs for all they do for you!

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If you are suffering from heel pain in South Florida, the Boca Raton Podiatry Center is here to help.

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is caused by the inflammation or tearing of the plantar fascia, a band of fibrous connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone across the arch to the toes. This condition is most often accompanied by pain that radiates from the heel to other parts of the foot.

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or some other form of chronic heel pain, seek medical attention from your primary care doctor or orthopedic foot and ankle specialist in order to determine the severity of the issue and to develop an effective treatment plan.

Heel Pain Treatment at Boca Raton Podiatry Center
Heel Pain Treatment at Boca Raton Podiatry Center

When it comes to advanced, state-of-the-art treatment methods, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experiences, is one of the only medical clinics in South Florida currently offering the Erchonia’s new FX 635 laser treatment for the relief of chronic heel pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

“Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful and persistent,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who has offices in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. “Erchonia’s FX 635 laser is ideal for chronic heel pain sufferers, because it offers effective, pain-free treatment — without side effects. In just three weeks with two treatments per week, patients can have significant and lasting relief from plantar fasciitis.”

The FX 635 laser provides individuals experiencing chronic heel pain with a non-invasive, efficacious solution to quickly improve their walking comfort and quality of life without surgery. While other lasers may claim to treat this problem, only the FX 635 has been market cleared by the FDA to treat plantar fasciitis.

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