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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: fracture  

You made a misstep off the curb a week or so ago and almost fell. Your forefoot hurt for a moment afterwards but you had errands to run and so you kept going—after all it wasn’t like you couldn’t walk on it. A few days later you notice that the top of your foot is hurting. The pain seems to come and go and so you put off calling the podiatrist. This is a common tale that we at The Foot & Ankle Center PC hear when we diagnose a patient with a stress fracture.

Stress Fracture vs. Full Break

A stress fracture is a tiny, hairline crack that develops in a bone. The bones of the forefoot are a location where stress fractures tend to occur more frequently. Unlike a traditional fracture, a stress fracture doesn’t go all the way through the bone. Consequently, the symptoms may be less intense and intermittent. Eventually, however, patients begin to experience an aching type of pain deep in the foot. It’s particularly noticeable with activity, hence another reason why more stress fractures occur during this hectic season.

Diagnosing the Fracture

In addition to prolonged pain, patients with a stress fracture may suffer swelling, redness and/or bruising at the site of the fracture. When the symptoms are severe enough, that’s when an appointment usually gets made. Once you are in our office in Pooler, GA, our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine the foot physically and then order x-rays or other imaging studies if necessary to confirm the stress fracture. The foot doctor will also question you to see if you have had an injury to the foot recently. It’s often only when asked by the doctor that patients will then remember a stumble or twist of the foot that happened previously.

It’s important to see the foot doctor and begin treatment as soon as possible, or you may be looking at a much longer recovery time and additional complications. If diagnosed early, a stress fracture can take four to six weeks to heal. During that time you will need to rest the foot as much as possible and the foot doctor may also want you to wear a cast boot.

If you suspect that you have injured your foot or have pain that is not going away, contact us sooner rather than later by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 06, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care
Tags: diabetes   ulcer  

If you’re a patient with diabetes you know firsthand the importance of detecting and treating any potential wound or symptom that could develop into an ulcer. But foot infections are a risk for patients who do not have diabetes or autoimmune diseases as well. Necrotising fasciitis (flesh eating virus) and vasculitic ulcers (caused by an inflammation of micro blood vessels in your lower legs and feet) are two examples of conditions that can result in wounds. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we believe in a whole body approach to health care. In addition to the medications and therapies the foot doctor prescribes, you can speed healing of wounds and infections by boosting your immune system through the foods you eat. Below are 5 foods to add to your menus:

Garlic—it’s not just in vampire movies that garlic wards off bad things. Turns out it is rich in antioxidants and also has chemicals which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Yogurt—if you choose brands that have live and active cultures you will be increasing the functionality and overall ability of your immune system. You’ll also get a shot of Vitamin D, another immune system booster.

Chicken—poultry contains two components that improve your body’s ability to fight infection. It is rich in zinc which can help produce new white blood cells and control inflammation, thereby increasing the efficiency of your immune response. It also contains iron, used to carry oxygen to your cells.

Kale—this leafy green is chock full of vitamin C. Long known as a defense against the common cold and other illnesses, vitamin C it turns out actually helps to replenish other antioxidants in your body as well.

Cauliflower—a vegetable rich in antioxidants in general, cauliflower has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. It contains glutathione, an antioxidant that is particularly known for fighting off infections and choline, a chemical that improves cell health.

If you believe you have a foot or other lower extremity infection your first step is to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment. Follow all the foot doctor’s instructions and do what you can to improve your immune response by eating the foods above, getting plenty of rest and keeping up your fluids.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we often see an increase in patient calls at this time of the year for foot pain. The excess time on your feet shopping for holiday gifts, food and decorations can take a toll on your feet. Oftentimes chronic foot problems flair up or first become really noticeable after periods of prolonged walking and standing. Some of the more common ones that we treat include:

Ingrown toenails—when toes are cramped together for long periods of time in narrow shoes or there is a sudden increase in the distance or speed of walking, the repeated pressure and pounding can create the perfect scenario for a nail to begin to grow down and into the nail bed.

Bunions—this toe deformity that causes the big toe joint to shift out of place will eventually cause a visible bump on the outside of the foot. Even before the bump becomes visible, however, you may experience pain from your shoes as they rub up against the joint and even develop blisters or corns as a result.

Heel pain—natural deterioration of the fat pad on the bottom of the feet can cause heel pain, especially if you’ve been walking for several hours. Cushioned socks and inserts for your shoes as well as shoes with thicker soles for increased shock absorption can help. If you have a tendency to overpronate or suffer from fallen arches, more time on your feet may increase heel pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

Ankle soreness—if you have sustained an ankle sprain or other injury in the past, running around the mall may leave you with an aching ankle at the end of the day. Wearing shoes with good support for your ankles and choosing lace up shoes over slip-on’s to minimize foot movement should help.

If holiday shopping has left you with hurting feet, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and determine if there is a chronic condition causing your foot discomfort. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

A condition that patients come to us with at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC that can be a little tricky to diagnose at first is tarsal tunnel syndrome. The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space on the inside of the ankle near the ankle bone that houses veins, arteries, tendons and nerves. When a nerve in the tunnel known as the posterior tibial nerve gets squeezed or compressed, it can result in pain and discomfort. The problem is that the pain can manifest in a number of different ways. Symptoms include tingling, burning or a feeling similar to an electrical shock, pain (at times shooting) and numbness. These symptoms may come on suddenly and can be felt on the inside of the ankle, the bottom of the foot or both. For some patients the sensations may be confined to one particular spot, while in others they may include the toes, arch, heel and calf. Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome are often related to overuse—beginning a new exercise program or increasing the intensity of an existing one; prolonged periods of standing or walking. Other causes include:

  • Flat feet
  • Another structure in the tunnel that has become enlarged and is compressing the nerve, such as a cyst or varicose vein
  • Disease such as arthritis or diabetes that are associated with swelling
  • An ankle injury

Getting Relief from Nerve Pain

Once our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, diagnoses tarsal tunnel syndrome there are several treatment options available. Conservative measures include:

  • Resting the injured foot to allow for healing and prevent further damage
  • Oral or injection medications to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Icing the painful area
  • Immobilizing the foot with a cast
  • Custom orthotic inserts to give arch support and reduce pressure on the nerve
  • Physical therapy to alleviate symptoms
  • Bracing

In some cases a surgery to relieve the compression is the best way to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome. Your foot doctor will review treatment options with you and determine the best plan for you. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel symptoms, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment today by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetes  

If we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC told you there was one step you could take that would speed healing of foot and ankle injuries and infections, reduce your risk of disease and decrease the likelihood of complications from diabetes and other diseases that affect the feet, would you be interested? Well, there is: stop smoking. Cigarette smoke makes your circulatory system less efficient because it narrows the blood vessels thereby restricting the flow of blood to your feet (as well as the rest of your body). Smokers who quit enjoy the benefits above and also experience reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, decreased blood pressure, greater lung capacity and a return to a full sense of smell and taste.

The Great American Smokeout, which takes place each November, is the perfect time to make a decision or renew your effort to stop smoking. Below are some do’s and don’ts that can help:

Do: be clear on why you want to quit. Make a list of all the reasons why you want to stop and the fears you have about what will happen if you continue to smoke. Writing these all down will help cement your decision and also serve as a motivator when you feel your determination flagging.

Don’t: put yourself in situations where others are smoking, at least not initially. You should also remove all smoking paraphernalia, including lighters, ashtrays, etc. from your home, car and workplace. Wash clothes and household items that smell like cigarette smoke.

Do: plan ahead for ways to get through nicotine cravings. Call a friend, go for a walk or bike ride—have an idea in place for what you will do if a craving hits. Stock up on oral substitutes as well such as hard candy, lollipops and carrot sticks.

Do: get some support. Today there are phone and computer apps and phone help lines in addition to actual support groups for people trying to quit. You can also enlist the aid of a family member or friend (or several people, for that matter) to be there for you to talk to when you need encouragement.

Don’t: give up if you slip up. It’s natural for long-time smokers to back slide, take a couple of puffs off someone else’s cigarette or even give up completely for a time before finally kicking the habit. Remind yourself of how long you were able to go without smoking. Analyze what was working and where you had the greatest difficulty and try again.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, believes patients need to be proactive in the health of their feet. If you have other questions about your podiatric matters, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885