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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

Getting a professional pedicure is a treat many of our patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC enjoy. The risk for foot and toenail infections, however, can be great if the proper precautions are not taken. Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and other bacterial and viral infections are spread by direct contact. Take the following steps to protect your feet and nails at the salon:

  • Check that the salon you are using is licensed by the state cosmetology board or health department. A certificate showing that the salon has met the appropriate standards should be prominently displayed.
  • Be sure proper sanitation procedures are being used on clippers, cuticle trimmers, and other tools used on your feet. Tools should be taken from a sanitizing machine or liquid or individually wrapped. Better yet, bring your own tools.
  • Don’t shave your legs for 24 hours before getting a salon pedicure. Tiny, microscopic cuts in the skin caused by shaving can provide an entry point for bacteria and allow an infection to develop.
  • Don’t walk barefoot in the salon. Bring your own flip flops and wear them when walking to and from the pedicure chair.
  • Be sure whirlpool baths are washed thoroughly between clients or that a disposable, plastic insert is used and replaced after each customer.
  • Don’t allow the staff to use a razor on your foot to remove calluses. It’s best to have cuticles gently pushed back and not cut as well.
  • Check the overall condition of the salon. Is the floor swept? Is the bathroom clean? Are towels or seats stained? Are the hands and nails of the cosmetologists clean? If you have a sense that salon is not up to par in the cleanliness department, go someplace else for your pedicure.

Learn to recognize the signs of fungal and bacterial foot infections. Red, itchy, rashes on the skin and nails that are discolored, chipping away or thickening are signs that you need to make an appointment at our Pooler, Georgia office (912-330–8885) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can take a look and prescribe the proper treatment if you do have an infection.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

April is Foot Health Awareness Month and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to let our patients know that healthy feet don’t happen by accident. There are many ways to be proactive about the care of your feet that are not difficult or time-consuming. Below are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your feet and ankles remain in tip-top condition:

  1. Get in the habit of examining your feet on a regular basis. Look for changes in color or temperature. Pay attention to peeling or cracking skin, blisters, or changes in toenails such as thickening or discoloration as these could all be signs of a fungal infection. Monitor moles for differences in appearance and note any growths on your feet or deformities developing in toes. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can greatly reduce the severity of foot problems.
  2. Clean your feet every day with soap and water and dry completely, paying particular attention to the space between your toes.
  3. Keep nails trimmed straight across, not too short and with no cut or curved corners which can lead to ingrown toenails.
  4. If you have diabetes, leave all care of nails and feet that require cutting to a professional to limit the risk of wounds. Schedule regular checkups with the podiatrist to monitor your condition.
  5. Buy shoes that are the right size (get professionally measured) and that are no higher than 2 inches in the heel. Be sure the toe box is not too narrow. Squeezing toes together can cause bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities to develop.
  6. Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. Sports shoes are designed for the movement a particular sport requires of your feet and ankles.
  7. Avoid going barefoot, even at home. This will reduce the risk of injury and puncture wounds.
  8. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet when at the beach or pool or even when you are wearing open shoes and will be outside for long hours at a time.
  9. Alternate your shoes.
  10. If you are experiencing any foot pain or discomfort, contact our Pooler, Georgia office as soon as possible by calling: (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can examine and treat your foot ailment promptly. Foot pain is never normal and should not be ignored.
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
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.

Do you find your initial enthusiasm for getting in shape in 2018 is starting to flag? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we find that many patients start off strong with a new exercise routine right after New Year’s but by the end of the month are calling us with foot and ankle complaints. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you stay on track with your fitness goals:

Do: get any old injuries or chronic foot problems checked before immersing yourself in a new fitness routine. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will evaluate the current condition of your feet and ankles and make recommendations about the best ways for you to get in shape without harming your feet. Some conditions such as flat feet or plantar fasciitis may require an orthotic insert to make exercise comfortable.

Don’t: try to do too much too soon. Patients who start exercising after being inactive for a significant period of time need to begin slowly and gradually build up the intensity and duration of their workouts. Many foot disorders such as Achilles tendonitis and shin splints are directly related to sudden increases in activity.

Do: inspect your footwear. If you plan to use sports shoes that you already own, be sure that they are appropriate for the activity you plan to do (running shoes are designed differently from tennis sneakers, for example) and that they are in good shape. Shoes that are stretched or have loose stitching or other signs of wear can cause an injury. Many good intentions to get in shape have been derailed by a painful blister caused by a shoe that doesn’t fit properly.

Do: warm up before and after you work out. Properly preparing your muscles for exercise and then cooling down and stretching will safeguard your feet and ankles from injuries.

Don’t: forget the water bottle. Staying hydrated will help reduce the risk of swelling (edema) in your lower legs and ankles and increase your comfort level during and after exercise.

Don’t: ignore pain. If, despite taking all of the above steps, your new exercise plan is causing you pain in your toes, ankles or feet, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912)330-8885. We’ll help you determine the source of the pain and get you moving forward with your exercise goals.










 

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