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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 25, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

It’s summertime and that means fun at the pool and beach, but it also means we at The Foot & Ankle Center will be seeing more cases of athlete’s foot. Why? The fungi that cause this infection love warm, damp places and athlete’s foot is easily spread by direct contact.

Signs of Infection

Your toes are usually the first place that athlete’s foot develops. Dry, itchy skin on and between your toes is the norm with inflammation and blisters forming as the infection progresses. Athlete’s foot can also spread to the soles of your feet, toenails and other parts of the body too if not treated promptly.

Treatment

Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will evaluate your athlete’s foot and prescribe the best treatment for you. Fungicidal chemicals are often used to treat athlete’s  foot but sometimes they do not get the fungi in the lower layers of the skin. For those more persistent cases, the foot doctor may prescribe some kind of antifungal medication, either topical or oral to get rid of athlete’s foot.  Of course, preventing athlete’s foot in the first place is your best choice. Take the following precautions:

  • Don’t go barefoot in public places such as pools, changing areas, locker rooms, gyms and even the nail salon.

  • Wear socks and shoes that are made of breathable materials and allow for air circulation.

  • Choose absorbent socks that will help keep your feet dry and change them frequently if you sweat profusely.

  • Use a talcum or anti-fungal powder on your feet.

In addition to athlete’s foot, there are other conditions that affect the skin on your feet that would have similar symptoms. If you are experiencing any irritation or discomfort on the skin of your feet, have noticed changes in the color, or your skin is peeling or cracking, be sure to contact our Pooler office for an appointment.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 17, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: fractures   pain   Lisfranc injury  

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar: pain in the midfoot, particularly when you are standing or pressure is put on that area, bruising or blistering in the arch or bruising on top of the foot, swelling, an inability to bear weight and, on top of all that your foot looks abnormally wide? If you answered yes, you may have a Lisfranc injury. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat this type of injury in runners, accident victims, athletes and people who acquire the injury through a wide variety of activities.

What is it?

The Lisfranc joint is located at the point in the middle of your foot where your tarsal bones--in the arch of the foot, join up with the metatarsal bones—the long bones that go from the middle of your foot all the way up to your toes. The Lisfranc ligament is a sturdy band of tissue that joins these bones and it provides necessary support to the joint. When the joint and/or ligament are damaged, debilitating foot problems occur.

How Does a Lisfranc Injury Happen?

There are many ways that injury can occur to this middle part of the foot: overuse in sports that stress this area such as horseback riding, football and other contact sports; trauma, such as a heavy item falling on the foot or an automobile accident; and even something seemingly silly like missing the bottom step or misjudging a sidewalk curb. Lisfranc injuries generally fall into three categories:

  1. Fracture—either a direct break in one of the bones in the Lisfranc joint or an avulsion fracture where a small piece of bone is pulled away due to a severe twisting injury

  2. Sprain—the Lisfranc ligament gets overstretched

  3. Dislocation—bones of the Lisfranc joint are pushed out of the normal position

How is the Injury Treated?

The first step if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or you know you injured the midsection of your foot is to have your foot evaluated by our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. In addition to examining your foot, the podiatrist will most likely order x-rays or other imaging studies to confirm a Lisfranc injury. A variety of nonsurgical and surgical options are available to fix a Lisfranc injury and the foot doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment plan. For more information, contact our Pooler office at (912) 330 – 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 10, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Bunions   Arthritis   Flatfeet  

Among the more common reasons that patients come to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is to find out how to deal with bunions. The large bump at the base of the big toe is the telltale sign of a bunion but the cause is actually a bone deformity caused when the big toe begins to drift toward the second toe, forcing the joint out of place. The enlargement of the joint causes a protrusion which becomes irritated due to the constant friction and rubbing against your shoes. Walking, which requires the joint to flex, leads to the bunion growing along with the pain and discomfort. As time goes on, arthritis or bursitis may also develop, increasing the chronic pain.

Why Bunions Form

It’s estimated that 33 % of the people in Western countries have bunions. The number one cause is wearing shoes that are too tight. Although the bunions themselves are not hereditary, they do run in families and genetics can be responsible for structural problems in the foot such as flat feet or pronated feet which make one more prone to bunions. Other causes are injuries to the foot and neuromuscular problems.

Getting Relief

Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will work with you to determine the best treatment for your bunion. Since a bunion is a bone deformity, it cannot be corrected by non-surgical methods. However, the podiatrist has options to help reduce pain and halt or slow the progression of the growth of the bunion. These options include:

  • Orthotic devices to help correct the position of the foot and provide joint stability

    Padding to reduce friction and skin irritation

  • Special footwear to accommodate the bunion

  • Splints to wear at night to help realign toe and joint

  • Exercise to keep joint flexible and help prevent stiffness and arthritis

If none of these methods provide relief or the bunion deformity has progressed to a severe state, surgery may be the best option. To find out what the best option for treating your bunion is, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 03, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Summertime means relaxing days and vacation trips and we at The Foot & Ankle Care Center PC want our patients to enjoy these lazy, hazy days and keep your feet safe and healthy at the same time. Summer activities present some special challenges to foot health. Here are some you should be aware of:

Sunburn—your feet stay covered for most of the year, making it even easier for the skin on your feet to get burned by strong summer rays. Be sure to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet when tanning to help prevent burns and decrease the risk of skin cancer which can occur on the foot just as on other parts of your body.

Ankle sprains—wearing flip flops that don’t provide good foot or ankle support, running or playing games on shifting sand and participating in summer pick-up games after a sedentary winter can all increase the risk of your ankle turning and causing a sprain. Be sure to wear the right shoe for the summer activities you will be doing. 

Fungal infections—fungi and bacteria that cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other infections love to hang out poolside and in changing areas, gyms and improperly cleaned foot baths at nail salons. For this reason it’s important to keep feet covered and avoid direct contact with possibly contaminated surfaces.

Swelling—Heat and long days on your feet can leave you with painfully swollen feet. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush excess fluid from the body. Also, if you are pregnant or prone to swollen feet, try to find some moments during the day to put your feet up.

Medical treatment—if you injure yourself (on vacation or at home) be sure to seek professional medical care promptly. Contact our Pooler office and make an appointment to see our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M.Talarico. The foot doctor will promptly diagnose the injury or other cause of your foot pain and prescribe the treatment you need to get back on your feet and enjoying your summer











 

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