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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 20, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? You may not think about your feet much when it comes to choosing the foods you eat, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want patients to know that your diet can most definitely impact your podiatric health. Make the healthy choices below to improve foot health:

Build Strong Bones—your feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your body! That’s a good reason for ensuring that your diet contains an adequate amount of calcium. Calcium requirements vary depending on your age and sex, but your physician can tell you the amount to strive for. Food sources for calcium extend beyond the better-known dairy products of milk, yogurt, and cheese. Try adding swiss chard, almonds, tofu, dried figs, oranges, and products fortified with calcium to your diet to boost calcium in a variety of delicious ways.

Decrease Inflammation—cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower), fatty fish, dark leafy greens and many berries and fruits actually contain antioxidants and other nutrients that can reduce the inflammatory response in your body. This can help relieve or control symptoms of arthritis, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, tendonitis and other foot conditions that have pain and swelling associated with them due to inflammation.

Reduce the Risk of Foot Disorders—one way to reduce both the risk and severity of many feet and ankle problems is by maintaining a healthy weight or even taking off pounds if you are overweight. For example, for every pound you lose, you reduce the stress on your knee joints by four pounds. After all, your feet and ankles carry the weight of your entire body. It makes sense that the less you weigh the less pressure you are putting on your lower extremities. In addition, people who are not overweight are more likely to be physically active, which improves flexibility and range of motion in your feet.

Of course, food choices are just one part of caring for your feet. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office (912-330-8885) so our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can assess your condition and make the appropriate treatment recommendations.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: injury  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we see many patients with foot and ankle injuries. The actions that patients take immediately following an injury can have a significant impact on the start of the healing process and ultimately the length of time a full recovery will require. It’s important that you seek medical care at our Pooler, GA office as soon as possible after hurting your toe, foot or ankle. While you wait for your appointment, you can employ the RICE regimen to help make yourself as comfortable as possible and start the healing process.

Rest: What’s the first thing you should do after you hurt your foot? Stop! Immediately leave the field or court if you are playing a sport. If you are just walking or doing another everyday activity, get off your feet. Sports slogans such as “no pain, no gain,” and “play through the pain” have created a false and dangerous impression of how to respond to pain. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something has gone wrong. Continuing to bear weight on an injured foot or ankle is a surefire way to increase the damage and perhaps even cause an additional injury.

Ice: Icing the injured area will accomplish a couple of things. First, it will make you feel better by reducing the pain. Second, icing will help control the swelling—the first step in the recovery process. The proper way to ice an injury is to apply ice or an ice pack wrapped in a towel—never apply ice directly to the bare skin—for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. You can do this 3 or more times a day.

Compression: applying a compression wrap to the affected area will reduce swelling as well. It will also provide some support for the injured part of your foot and increase circulation, another key to speedy healing. You can use a compression wrap in conjunction with or after icing.

Elevation: Raising your foot above the level of your heart will help reduce the swelling and allow the extra fluid to be taken up by the rest of your body.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will assess your injury and prescribe the best course of treatment to restore the full function of your foot. Call The Foot & Ankle Center, PC at (912) 330–8885 to schedule your appointment and, in the meantime, use RICE to relieve symptoms. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 08, 2018
Category: Toenail Fungus

At this time of the year your feet may not be out in the open and on display, but in a few short months, it will be time for open-toed shoes and sandals. Don’t let unsightly fungal toenails make you embarrassed to show your feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat many patients with this common infection.

Signs and Symptoms

At first, a fungal nail may not be an obvious cause for concern. You may not feel any pain or discomfort. Over time, you will notice the nail becoming darker and discolored. The nail may thicken and debris will collect under the nail plate. Often times, fungal nail infections will lead to a secondary bacterial or yeast infection which will be painful and cause the nail to emit a foul odor. Those who have an immune-deficiency condition or chronic diseases such as diabetes or circulatory problems are more susceptible to fungal nail infections, as are those with a history of athlete’s foot.

Avoiding Infection

Fortunately, there are steps you can take that will help prevent toenail fungus. These include:

  1. Keep feet dry. Change socks whenever you notice that they are damp.
  2. Use shower shoes in public places like community pools, nail salons, gyms and changing areas at the beach.
  3. Don’t wear socks, hosiery or shoes that are too tight.
  4. Apply a talcum-based foot powder each morning.
  5. Trim nails straight across and do not allow the nail to extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  6. Disinfect home pedicure tools and only use professional salons that follow proper sanitizing procedures for foot baths and tools or bring your own tools.

In addition, develop a good foot hygiene routine. Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap. Dry completely. Use this opportunity to inspect your feet and look for any signs of fungal nails or other abnormal changes in your feet, skin or nails. These should be reported to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, so he can evaluate them and determine if treatment is needed. Ask the foot doctor about other ways that you can be proactive in caring for your feet. Contact our Pooler, Georgia office at (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 28, 2018
Category: Heart Health
Tags: heart disease  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we believe in a whole-body approach to healthcare. If you have heart disease, your feet and the rest of your body suffer as well. In honor of American Heart Month, we’d like to offer these tips to reduce your risk of heart disease.

  1. Relax—stress is your body’s way of responding to changes—both good and bad. It’s important to recognize stress and learn how to manage it in a healthy way because the chronic stress that goes unchecked will raise your blood pressure and can increase your chances of developing heart disease. Cultivate positive stress busters such as meditation, short breaks to do an activity you enjoy and connect with friends and family on a daily basis.
  2. Get Moving—regular exercise can benefit your heart immensely. Your heart is a muscle and so consistently working this muscle through aerobic exercise helps keep your heart in good shape. Exercise also improves circulation, reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol—all factors that up your risk for heart disease. If committing to large blocks of time for exercise is difficult, find more ways to move in your daily life: walk while you talk on the phone, park at the far end of the lot for work and shopping, take the stairs instead of the elevator and meet friends for a walk instead of coffee are a few ways to become more physically active.
  3. Improve Your Diet—there are a number of dietary changes that will reduce your heart disease risking including: cut back on sodium, eliminate empty calories, decrease the amount of added sugar you consume, eat more vegetables, fiber and lean protein. Maintaining a healthy weight will also help take the strain off your heart (and your feet).
  4. Get Checked Out—stay current with medical checkups and follow any physician instructions for testing and treatment. This includes your podiatrist too. Many times our foot doctor, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, has found systemic diseases through symptoms that are first displayed in the feet. Your doctors are all working together to help you stay healthy. If you have questions about circulation or other heart issues that affect your feet, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: blister  

There’s nothing like a tropical vacation to chase away the mid-winter blues. Turquoise waves, sunshine, and sand—the perfect combination for a relaxing getaway. Unless that is, one these vacation killers attack your feet and turns your dream vacation into a nightmare. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’ve heard horror stories from our patients and want to offer some tips on how to steer clear of these 3 vacation killers:

The Infected Blister—you packed your strappy sandals and flip-flops and your spiky heels for dancing at the club, but which of these will you choose for the unplanned all-afternoon shopping excursion? You’re midway through the outing and what started out as a sore spot is a full-size blister. Later in your trip, it pops and a few swims in the resort pool have landed you a nasty infection—not the souvenir you were hoping for!

Avoid it: always pack at least one comfortable pair of walking shoes. Better yet, wear them on travel day. Not only will they get you more easily and swiftly from one concourse to another at the airport, you’ll also have them for any walking you must do on the trip. Remember a pocket pack of moleskin as well—placed on a sore spot it can prevent a blister from forming. Note: if you do think you have a foot infection, make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office when you return so our podiatrist Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can examine your foot and be sure it is healing properly.

The “I Didn’t See (Hidden Object) on the Beach” Cut—you set off for a walk on the beach, the sand squishing between your toes. It feels great until you feel a searing pain in the bottom of your foot. You’ve found a piece of glass hidden in the soft sands or maybe it’s a jellyfish washed up on the shore that still has a stinger intact.

Avoid it: Flip flops or water shoes are a good call for beach walks. Packing minor first aid supplies like antibacterial ointment and bandages can also help you treat minor injuries.

Crispy Dogs Syndrome—oh that sun feels so good! You lay out on the beach all day and that night you can’t even put your sandals on because the tops of your feet are burnt so badly. The next day is spent staring at paradise through your hotel window until the burn simmers down and you can put on shoes and walk again.

Avoid it: Apply sunscreen to the tops (and bottoms if exposed) of your feet. Re-apply every few hours. Water and sweat will wash it away. Try to avoid being out in the sun during the hottest times of 12-2 p.m.

If you have any questions about existing conditions before you leave for a vacation, contact us by calling: (912) 330-8885.

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