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 currently suffering from unappealing toenail fungus that simply won’t go away on its on, then maybe it’s time you looked at laser therapy.

This painless therapy does not harm the surrounding tissue of the toe and nail bed. Furthermore, the laser therapy has no known side-effects and is considered a safer option than drug therapy.

At Delray Beach Podiatry and Boynton Beach Podiatry, this treatment is performed by Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, who utilizes laser therapy to treat hundreds of patients a year.

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The laser works by penetrating the nail plate and destroying the fungus under the nail. During this process, the laser light is absorbed by pigment in the fungi, which causes the pigment to heat, and this heat kills or damages the fungal organism. The fungus is irradiated without any damage to the surrounding nail or skin, allowing your nail to grow normally.

Laser treatments are delivered in a short 20-30 minute session with additional treatments, if needed. Dr. Goldbaum also insists that all his patients adhere to a strict treatment protocol that involves three separate sessions as well as the use of topical treatments in between visits to work in conjunction with the laser therapy.

“In our office, we do it three times. In many other offices, they only do it one time,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who notes that his 91 percent success rate in treating fungal infections with laser therapy is slightly higher than the national average of 85 percent. “We have a whole treatment protocol. We utilize the laser, but we also utilize other things to make sure. We want to make sure the patient has the best chance of getting rid of fungus that we can. That’s why we use these other products in the interim.”

After completing all three of these recommended sessions, which requires an office visit every 5-6 weeks during treatment, Dr. Goldbaum insists that his patients should be happy with the results.

“They’ll see a nice pink formation growing from the base of the nail — known as the matrix area,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “As the nail grows out, we keep cutting away the fungus part and using the topical as well. By the time we’re done, the nail is all clear and it looks good.”

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Medically known as bromodosis, smelly feet are a common year-round problem, especially for those living in the torrid climate of South Florida.

Why do feet smell?
Why do feet smell?

This unpleasant foot odor occurs when sweat mixes with bacteria that live on your skin and in your shoes, producing an acid byproduct that can leave you holding your nose in disgust.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely stop your feet from sweating, regardless of the temperature or time of year. There are roughly 250,000 sweat glands in your feet — the largest concentration of sweat glands in the entire body — that produce around a pint of moisture every day. And unlike sweat glands elsewhere in the body, the sweat glands in your feet secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise.

The main causes of foot odor are:

Poor personal hygiene: By not washing your body regularly, you fail to slow down the buildup of odor-causing bacteria.

Hormones: You excrete more sweat during hormonal changes, meaning teenagers going through puberty and pregnant women are at a higher risk for foot odor.

Fungal Infections: Any sort of fungal infection on your feet, such as athlete’s foot, can create foot odor.

Hyperhidrosis: A medical condition that causes your body to sweat more than usual.

Stress: Anxiety and stress trigger the release of a stress hormone called “cortisol,” which in turn stimulates the sweat glands.

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Calluses can develop on hands, feet, or anywhere there is repeated friction. The common callus usually occurs when there’s been a lot of rubbing against the hands or feet.

Foot calluses typically have a yellowed or grayish coloration and can be unsightly and painful. A plantar callus is found on the bottom of the foot.

How to get rid of calluses (www.DelrayBeachPodiatry.com)
How to get rid of calluses (www.DelrayBeachPodiatry.com)

The feet typically develop calluses from an improper walking motion or ill-fitting shoes that create unwanted friction as you move. High-heeled shoes, which put added pressure on toes, are one of the worst offenders and the main reason why women are four times more likely to have foot problems than men.

Luckily, calluses are not permanent. By following some of the treatment steps below, you should be callus-free in no time!

Find the Source

When dealing with calluses, it’s important to first find the source of your problem. If this pesky source of friction and aggravation isn’t alleviated, your corns and calluses will not heal, and removal will be followed by recurrence. The best place to start when searching for the source would be your shoes as ill-fitting shoes often do not have enough toe space and constrict the toes together. In some cases, a podiatrist may be called upon to craft a custom-made orthotic in order to get the right fit for those who suffer from chronic calluses.

Soak and Scrub

Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes. As you do this, your skin should start to soften. You may add Epsom salts or other ingredients to your soak, but they’re not necessary. With a back-and-forth motion and moderate pressure, rub a wet pumice stone over the growths, sanding the corns and calluses down, intermittently rinsing to remove pumice stone particles. Do not overly scrub your feet and stop immediately if you begin to feel pain.

Don’t Forget to Dry

After a good soak and scrub, make sure to dry your affected area completely if you’re interested in getting rid of calluses on feet permanently. It is important that you don’t allow it to remain damp. You should always use towel to remove the moisture. You can also apply a topical antibiotic to the area where the callus was and to surrounding skin in order to lower the risk of infection. If you got too close to the skin, use a bandage to protect the wound.

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