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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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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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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A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. This condition occurs when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out.

When should you see a podiatrist for your bunion pain? (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
When should you see a podiatrist for your bunion pain? (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The underlying cause of bunions is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe known as the hallux valgus. In this deformity, the joint develops a prominent sideways angle, which pushes the bones of the big towards the smaller toes.

Smaller bunions, known as bunionettes, can also develop on the joint of your little toes.

As a bunion develops, swelling, redness and pain is typically felt at the base of the big toe and in the ball of the foot. Eventually, the area becomes shiny and warm to the touch.

All bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected, but there are some measures you can take to be more comfortable or to slow a bunion’s progression.

What causes bunions?

For most people, bunions are a hereditary condition that typically develops in early adulthood and get worse as the foot spreads with aging.

In some cases, bunions have been associated with certain types of arthritis, particularly inflammatory types, such as rheumatoid arthritis. An occupation that puts extra stress on your feet or one that requires you to wear pointed shoes also can be a cause.

In people with leg length discrepancies, bunions usually form in the longer leg.

Tight-fitting shoes can also play a part in the creation of bunions. Shoes that have a sloping foot bed and a narrow toe box such as high heels cause the front of the foot to be pushed with force into the narrow toe box, causing the toes to become squeezed together.

For this reason, women are especially prone to developing bunions due to years of wearing tight, poorly fitting shoes.

Although they don’t always cause problems, possible complications of bunions include:

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