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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

It’s the time of the year when The Foot & Ankle Center, PC sees an uptick in the number of patients with Achilles tendon problems. Why? The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue that runs down the back of your lower leg connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. Although it is one of the strongest tendons in your body, it is also one of the most frequently injured. The most common cause of Achilles tendon conditions is sudden, rapid increase in the use of this tendon—as happens during walking, running or other physical exercise. People who want to jump start their New Year’s resolution to get in shape and are doing too much too soon are at risk for injuring their Achilles tendons.

Signs that You’ve Gone Too Far

Achilles tendon disorders fall into two categories: aggravation and rupture. When the tendon has become inflamed, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Pain and soreness—this can take the form of aching, tenderness or stiffness anywhere along the tendon. The pain may be most severe when you first get up in the morning or after resting your leg. It can come and go, getting better with moderate activity but worse with exercise.
  • Tenderness to the touch—when you squeeze the side of the tendon it will feel tender and sometimes even extremely painful.
  • A sluggish feeling in your leg—general fatigue and tiredness in the tendon.
  • Enlargement—left untreated, the tendon may swell and even develop nodules in areas of damaged tissue.

A rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon and is usually associated with a specific moment like a strong push off in running, a forceful jump, or pivot on your foot. At the time that a rupture occurs, you may experience a sudden sharp pain in the back of your ankle or calf and perhaps experience a snapping or popping sensation. The back of your lower leg may swell and it will be difficult to walk, particularly up hill.

Prevention Pointers

The best way to prevent an Achilles tendon injury when starting any activity is by increasing both intensity and duration slowly and gradually. Always stretch your calf muscles before and after exercise and if you feel pain—stop! Make an appointment out our Pooler, GA office (912-330-8885) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can assess the condition of your Achilles tendon and make the appropriate recommendations to heal and/or prevent further damage.

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
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
October 04, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Sometimes when the symptoms are vague and not constant or acute we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find that patients are reluctant to come in to the office to have their feet examined. Unfortunately, that can lead to more serious foot problems that then require more invasive treatment and longer recovery times. One such condition is chronic ankle pain or discomfort. Below are 3 myths and why you shouldn’t believe them:

“It’s probably nothing.”

If you experience ongoing symptoms, it’s probably not nothing. Pain, stiffness, swelling, “wobbliness” and difficulty fully extending your ankle can indicate a number of serious ankle disorders including: osteochondritis, chronic lateral ankle pain, chronic ankle instability, arthritis, Lyme’s disease, nerve damage or an undiagnosed bone fracture. If you’ve had repeated ankle sprains in the past, there’s also a chance that scar tissue has formed which is now causing you ankle pain, or that your ankle did not fully heal from a previous sprain. All of these issues require medical diagnosis and treatment.

“There’s nothing that can be about it.”

Actually there’s quite a bit that can be done. Once our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard A. Talarico, examines your ankle, gets your medical history and takes an x-ray (or other imaging study), he will be able to determine the source of your ankle discomfort. If something is broken, the ankle will need to be immobilized to give the bone time to heal. Other chronic ankle conditions can benefit from physical therapy, which can retrain muscles and ligaments and also strengthen muscles that support the ankle. If weakness is an issue, the foot doctor may recommend that you wear an ankle brace to prevent future twisting. Finally, pain relief and decreasing the swelling of the ankle can be achieved with medication.

“It only happens after I walk, play tennis, ______________ (fill in the blank) so I don’t think it’s worth getting checked out.”

Any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles is essential to get checked out. Delaying medical treatment can result in a worse situation. In some cases, chronic ankle injuries that are left untreated will eventually need surgical repair. Don’t take a chance. Contact our Pooler, GA office in West Chatham county today for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.










 

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