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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care

A sensitive subject that can be difficult for patients to discuss is alcohol abuse and addiction. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we have extra concerns about this particular issue because it can pose a serious medical threat to your feet and lower extremities.

What’s the Connection?

One of the unfortunate consequences of chronic alcohol abuse is alcoholic neuropathy. The ethanol in alcohol damages the nerve tissue in the body. This can be compounded by poor nutrition, another condition frequently associated with alcoholism. The result is pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, or loss of sensation in your feet. This damage can become permanent if left untreated. Loss of feeling in your feet makes it difficult to detect wounds and injuries. These can become infected and difficult to heal, especially if there are any issues with circulation.

Treatment

There are several treatment options available that can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy and even help restore sensation and heal nerve damage. The first step, however, is treating the alcoholism. We urge any patients who are struggling with this disease to feel confident in talking to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, about this problem. Our foot doctor will keep all information confidential and can direct you to resources and the help you need to overcome the addiction.

Taking Safe Steps

To best ensure that no harm comes to your feet from the neuropathy, it’s suggested that you follow these precautions:

  • Don’t go barefoot. Even when you are walking around in your own home it’s best to wear shoes. Sharp objects such as thumbtacks or straight pins can cause a wound that you may not even feel and lead to a serious infection. Injuries are also more likely to occur such as stubbing your toe on a piece of furniture. In addition, keeping feet covered will prevent them from coming in contact with bacterial and fungal infections which can also lead to open sores on your feet.
  • Test water temperature with your hand or elbow or ask someone else to check it for you. Also, avoid using electric blankets or space heaters near your feet—you may not be able to gauge how hot they are and end up burning your feet.
  • Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to make sure there are no rough patches or loose stitching that can cause blisters.
  • Get in the habit of inspecting your feet on a daily basis. If you spot cuts, redness, swelling, or other unusual symptoms, contact our Pooler, Georgia office immediately by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Have you finished making your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to encourage our patients to put improving the health of your feet on your list. Below are some of our top picks for podiatric resolutions:

  1. Eat sensibly and exercise regularly. Perhaps you’re already making this resolution and if so, know that you’ll be helping your feet as well as the rest of your body. The risk for many foot conditions is greatly increased if you are overweight. Excess weight puts extra strain on your feet, ankles and knees. Exercise, in addition to helping keep your weight under control, also helps with circulation and the good physical condition of your feet.
  2. Buy better shoes. Nothing impacts the well being of your feet and ankles more than your choice of shoes. Good arch support can help protect against heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Ankle sprains and chronic weakness can be reduced with firm ankle support. Don’t assume you know your shoe size. Get measured by a footwear professional and keep in mind that different brands may be sized slightly differently. Always try shoes on both feet and walk around in the store for enough time to ensure that they do not pinch or rub anywhere on your feet.
  3. Start a foot care regimen. This should include daily cleaning and moisturizing of your feet, and applying foot powder if you tend to perspire heavily. Nails should be trimmed regularly (straight across and not too short to help avoid ingrown toenails). While you are caring for your feet, look them over. If you notice anything unusual—bruising, swelling, lumps or growths, redness, sores that don’t seem to be healing, or changes in color or size, let our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, know right away.
  4. Don’t ignore foot pain. Many patients have lived to regret putting off getting treatment for a foot condition when they felt the first signs of discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office promptly 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.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Arthritis   diabetes  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we are sometimes surprised about the misconceptions that patients have about the foot doctor and podiatric care. Below are some, perhaps surprising, answers to the question, did you know:

  • Your podiatrist is concerned with more than just your feet. As the old song goes, “the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone, etc.” Problems with your calves, shins, knees and ankles are all part of podiatric care. In the case of many disorders, one part of your lower extremity affects another. In addition, your podiatrist can diagnose other serious and systemic medical problems such as melanoma or other skin cancers, peripheral artery disease, psoriasis, diabetes and arthritis by symptoms that appear in your feet and ankles.
  • We want to treat your warts, ingrown toenails and athlete’s foot. Many patients feel these conditions are too insignificant to bother the foot doctor about but all too often we see cases where a common condition that could have been easily treated has now progressed to a stage where it’s infected and actually interfering in a person’s daily life. Worse still is when patients try “folk remedies” or “bathroom surgeries” and end up creating a much worse situation.
  • We are not offended by smelly feet. Yes, we hope you wash your feet before you come and are wearing clean socks but we know feet smell! In fact, if your feet have a particularly bad odor on a daily basis it may be a sign of medical condition that we can treat.
  • We do surgery. Even though many of the treatments we prescribe are non-invasive and you may primarily associate us with in-office care, we are highly trained surgeons who specialize in feet. Many conditions such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, plantar fibromas, heel spurs and more may best be relieved by a surgical procedure which we can do in a surgical center or hospital.

We want our patients to feel comfortable bringing their feet and lower extremity issues to us without embarrassment. If you notice any unusual changes in your feet or toes or are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and start you on the correct treatment.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   calluses  

For many women, wearing high heels does not cause immediate foot pain and therefore they fail to see the risk to the health of their feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, however, we witness every day the cumulative, long-term effects of wearing high heels. Below are some of the more common problems:

Chronic ankle pain/instability—wearing high heels, particularly thin or spiky heels has the effect on your feet of walking on stilts. High heels puts a strain on the muscles surrounding your ankles and creates a situation where those muscles and ligaments have to work extra hard just to keep you upright. Uneven pavement, cracks in the sidewalk and soft ground can cause your ankle to twist easily and result in a sprain. Continuing to wear high heels after an ankle sprain strains already damaged ligaments and muscles, making repeated injuries more likely and leading to a cycle that causes chronic weak ankles and pain.

Hammertoes—the elevation at the heel forces the toes forward and down and causes them to constantly push up against the front of the shoe. This can eventually result in the bending of one or more toes (particularly if you have one toe longer than the others) into the “hammer” shape that gives the deformity its name.

Bunions—in most high heel shoes the toe box is narrow. In addition to pushing toes down, toes are squeezed together and this pressure can hasten or worsen the development of a bunion. The big toe joint is encouraged to leave its normal place and the whole toe begins to move toward the center of the foot.

Calluses and Corns—when toe deformities such as hammertoes and bunions form, calluses and corns often follow. This is because now there is a part of the toe that is enlarged or out of normal position and therefore shoes, which are not designed to accommodate the change, begin to rub and put pressure on the deformity.  Corns and calluses form in response to that pressure, causing additional pain and discomfort.

If you are currently experiencing foot or toe pain or discomfort, it’s important to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office sooner rather than later. Most foot problems associated with high heels are progressive and will only get worse over time. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can help slow the progress and possibly even reverse the effects of the damage. 










 

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