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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Podiatrist  

How much do you know about this common condition? If you’re like many patients we see at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC you may have some misconceptions about varicose veins. Below, we will try to help set the record straight.

Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue.

FALSE: Varicose veins occur when the valve in a vein becomes weak. This can happen as a result of age, pregnancy or menopausal hormones, genetics or being overweight. With a weak valve, some of the blood that is getting pumped back to the heart may leak and then pool, forming the bulging vein. While varicose veins are often harmless, because they are associated with blood flow they should be checked by a doctor. In rare cases, veins can burst or blood clots or ulcers can develop.

The only symptoms of this disorder are bulging veins.

FALSE: While it’s true that for many people varicose veins are noticed only by appearance, they can cause discomfort. Pain, throbbing, swelling, burning and muscle cramping can all be caused by varicose veins. In addition, the skin around the vein may become red and itchy. These symptoms may get worse when you spend long hours on your feet.

There are self care methods to help alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins.

TRUE: There are several ways that patients can help keep varicose veins under control. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Changing your position frequently—avoiding long periods of sitting or standing
  • Not wearing very tight hose, socks or leggings
  • Putting your feet up at the end of the day

There’s nothing the podiatrist can do about varicose veins so it’s not worth making an appointment.

FALSE: If self care measures are not effective at relieving painful symptoms our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico may recommend compression stockings be worn. There are also minor surgical procedures available such as Sclerotherapy, which can collapse the vein with the defective valve. Your body will naturally reroute the flow of blood through veins that are functioning properly.

If you have additional questions about varicose veins contact our Pooler, GA office at: 912-330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Raynaud's disease  

Have you ever had an instance where your toes turned white and felt numb and extremely cold? Even if you have heard about the condition of Raynaud’s Disease you may feel like that couldn’t be what you have since it is usually associated with climates where temperatures are habitually lower than in West Chatham County. However, Raynaud’s Disease is an overreaction to cold that can regardless of the weather and we do see cases of it at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC .

When a patient has Raynaud’s Disease, the arteries in their toes and fingers experience spasms, which constrict the blood vessels and temporarily reduces blood supply to your toes and fingers. Once the trigger of the attack is eliminated normal circulation will resume but it can take several minutes. In the process your toes may turn red and they may tingle, throb or swell before returning to normal.

Common Triggers

While exposure to cold does commonly trigger attacks in patients with Raynaud’s Disease, there can be other underlying causes as well including:

  • Medications—certain drugs used to treat high blood pressure, migraines, ADHD, cancer and even some over-the-counter cold medications can all trigger an attack
  • Smoking—this already constricts your blood vessels
  • Injuries to the feet including fractures, frostbite or a previous surgery
  • Diseases—particularly those relating to your arteries and connective tissues
  • Repetitive actions—such as operating a jackhammer or playing the piano for a long period of time

Getting it Under Control

If you have symptoms of Raynaud’s the first step is to make an appointment at our Pooler office in Georgia. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and get your medical history—you have an increased risk for the disease if other family members have it. If the foot doctor confirms a diagnosis of Raynaud’s Disease, the treatment will be focused primarily on preventing attacks. In addition to adjusting any medications you are on, the podiatrist may suggest the following:

  • Use gloves or oven mitts when taking food in and out of the freezer.
  • Drink cold beverages out of insulated cups.
  • Wear socks to bed.
  • Avoid being directly in front of an air conditioner and make sure that it is not set too low.
  • Do not put your hands into freezing cold water.
  • If it is a cold day outside be sure to wear extra warm socks or more than one pair and limit your time outdoors.
  • Warm your car up before getting in and driving on chilly mornings.

More questions? Contact us by calling (912) 330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete’s foot is a common and often annoying fungal infection that causes red, itchy, burning skin that’s dry and scaly between the toes and on the tops, bottoms and sides of the feet. It’s common among children and teens, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we see plenty of cases in adults too. Athlete’s foot is spread by coming in direct contact with the fungi that cause the infection. That means there are steps you can take to prevent, or at least greatly reduce your chances of getting it. These include:

  1. Do not walk barefoot in public places, particularly those that are damp and humid such as community pools, gym showers and locker rooms.
  2. Wear absorbent socks and change them frequently if you tend to sweat excessively.
  3. Do not wear other people’s socks or shoes and avoid using towels, nail clippers, emery boards or any other items that may have touched someone else’s feet first.
  4. Keep feet dry by using a talcum powder each morning.
  5. Choose shoes that are made of natural, breathable materials that allow air to circulate.
  6. Wash your feet in warm water and a mild soap each night. Dry thoroughly, paying particular attention to the area between your toes.

Don’t Wait to Get Treatment

If, despite your best efforts to avoid athlete’s foot, you think you may have it, contact our Pooler office sooner rather than later. As athlete’s foot progresses, blisters may form and skin can crack. This opens up the door for infection. The fungal infection can also spread to other parts of your body, including your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine the skin on your foot and determine the cause of the inflammation. Sometimes other foot disorders will have similar symptoms to athlete’s foot. Proper diagnosis is important to ensure that the correct treatment is prescribed. For athlete’s foot, there are both topical and oral medications available and the foot doctor will choose the one the will most effectively treat your infection.

Contact our Pooler, GA  office for an appointment by calling us at: (912) 330-8885.

 
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Nail Psoriasis   nail fungus  

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to produce skin cells too rapidly. A common sign of psoriasis is red, scaly patches on your skin, but psoriasis can also affect your nails. Some of the symptoms of nail psoriasis are very similar to those of a fungal toenail infection. At The Foot & Ankle Center PC, we urge patients to bring any changes you notice in your toenails to the attention of our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The foot doctor will examine your nails and be able to determine the cause and proper treatment of the problem. Below are some symptoms of nail psoriasis:

  • Pitting—small indentations forming on the surface of your nails. The best way to describe pitting is to think of the surface of a thimble. In nails psoriasis, however, the amount of pitting can vary from patient to patient.

  • Detachment—the toenail can become separated from the underlying nail bed, causing a space to form under the nail. This is called onycholysis. Initially, you may see a white or yellowish patch starting at the tip of your nail and then extending down to the cuticle. Over time, bacteria can move into this gap and an infection may develop, which will cause the nail to become discolored and dark.

  • Subungual hyperkeratosis—this refers to the buildup of a chalky substance under the nail. This will force the nail to become raised and it will feel tender and painful when pressed. Wearing shoes can become quite uncomfortable if this occurs.

  • Fungal infection—to make matters more complicated, it’s estimated that about 35% of patients with nail psoriasis also have a fungal infection. The infection causes discoloration and thickening of the nails. This will affect the treatment for the toenails as both conditions will need to be addressed.

Nail psoriasis can be challenging to eliminate.  In addition to affecting skin and nails, psoriasis can also cause joint inflammation. It is a serious medical condition and requires a comprehensive treatment plan. The bottom line is, if you experience any changes to your toenails, don’t wait—make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330-8885 so the condition can be properly diagnosed and the appropriate treatment started as soon as possible.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: swollen feet   edema  

If your body retains water or has an abnormal buildup of fluids, gravity ensures that it will likely impact your feet and ankles. Painless swelling is actually a fairly common problem and can have a multitude of causes.  Some are harmless: standing for long periods of times, pregnancy, long car or plane rides, for example. In other instances, however, swelling can be an indication of a more serious problem and one that requires medical attention. These include: heart, renal or liver failure, reaction to certain medications, injury or a circulatory problem. The only way to find out for sure is to allow our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to examine your feet, ankles and legs. Our foot doctor can help determine if your edema is due to a condition that requires treatment.

Reducing Edema

For cases of foot and ankle swelling that are not caused by a serious medical issue, there are a number of ways you can help decrease edema:

  •  Since salt can cause you to retain water, reduce the amount of sodium in your diet
  • Drink more water (this may sound counter-intuitive but it actually helps flush extra fluid out of your body)
  • Don’t sit or stand for long periods without getting up, stretching and changing your position
  • Elevate your legs above heart level when lying down
  • Exercise regularly—this helps fluid work back into the veins and lymphatic channels
  • Avoid socks with tight elastics that restrict blood flow to the feet and lower legs

If you experience swelling in your ankles or feet on a consistent basis it’s worth getting it checked out. Contact our Pooler, GA office in Chatham County by calling: (912) 330-8885 and arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience. 










 

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