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 (
How to Prevent Sweaty Feet (

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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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 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.

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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For diabetics suffering from neuropathy, proper foot care is necessary to live a happy and healthy life.

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet.

If you are diabetic, you need to know how to take care of your feet!
If you are diabetic, you need to know how to take care of your feet!

This condition can manifest in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce the insulin necessary to convert glucose into the energy that the body needs. Type 2 diabetes, which is far more common, occurs when the body is unable to use insulin properly.

It has been estimated that between 60 to 70 percent of diabetics will deal with some form of neuropathy in their lifetime, compared to only a 25 to 30 percent chance for non-diabetics.

For diabetics already living with neuropathy, or those who may deal with it in the future, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum of Delray Beach Podiatry has come up with several helpful tips to help keep your feet healthy:

Check your feet regularly: Regular foot checks are an increasingly essential part of diabetes management as nerve damage and reduced circulation caused by diabetes can lead to reduced awareness of pain and slower healing of the foot. Foot problems are one of the most common complications associated with diabetes and it’s important to check your feet daily for signs of damage in order to avoid future problems. In severe cases, poor foot care may lead to amputation of a foot or leg. In fact, even something as minimal as a blister or a sore could lead to an infection or a non-healing wound.

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