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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: callus   blisters   corns   diabetes  

A common mistake we at The Foot & Ankle Center PC see patients make is waiting too long before contacting the podiatrist to have a foot problem evaluated. Most injuries, diseases and conditions of the toes, feet and ankles have the best outcome if treated in their early stages. Below are some questions to ask to help you determine if you should call the doctor.

  1. Are you in pain? Persistent pain is never “normal” and it indicates a problem in your foot. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard Talarico, will want to know if the pain came on suddenly or gradually, if it is worse when you are active and on your feet, specifically where the pain is and what it feels like (dull ache, sharp, stabbing, etc.).

  2. Have you been treating a condition for over two weeks with no improvement? Although some minor conditions (athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails) can be treated with over the counter medications or home treatments, if the problem is not being relieved in a reasonable period of time this means a call to the doctor is needed. One caution: patients with diabetes should not attempt home treatment of even minor problems and should report any conditions to the podiatrist immediately due to the increased risk they have for ulcers, wounds and infections which could pose a major medical problem.

  3. Do you have severe cracking or peeling on the heel or anywhere on your foot? Not only can this be a sign of a more serious problem, it provides a gateway for bacteria into your body and should be treated as soon as possible.

  4. Have you noticed anything unusual about your foot? This would include size, shape, color or the presence of any lumps or bumps.

  5. Do you see any changes in your toenails or the skin of your foot? Thickening, crumbling or discolored nails can be a sign of fungal infection. For skin, change in color, swelling or dryness can indicate a problem.

  6. Do you have a blister, callus or corn? Oftentimes these “surface” problems are indicators of a bone or structural issue in the foot.

  7. Are there any signs of infection? These would include: red streaks coming from a particular area, swelling, redness, tenderness, warmth, pus or discharge—especially if any of these symptoms are accompanied by a fever.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, contact our Pooler office for an appointment at your earliest convenience by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 16, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

One of the most frequent complaints patients bring to us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is heel pain. Although this part of the foot is designed to be strong enough to carry our body weight and also act as a shock absorber, it can become stressed or inflamed due to overuse, injury or improper footwear. Here are some of the most common causes of heel pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome—this is the number one cause of heel pain in the bottom of the heel. Patients often experience a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, especially with the first steps of the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. Pain usually improves as you move and stretch your foot. The plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed, usually due to overuse or poor foot mechanics, such as flatfeet and this is the cause of the pain.

  • Nerve entrapment—An irritated nerve being compressed in the tarsal tunnel on the inside of the heel and ankle can bring throbbing pain that can be bad when active or laying down. It is similar to carpel tunnel syndrome in the wrist.

  • Retrocalcaneal/posterior heel pain—this condition affects the back of the heel. It can be associated with Achilles tendonitis or Haglund’s deformity (also known as “pump bump”).  A related area of discomfort can be an inflamed bursa sac that is found between the bone and the tendon, causing retrocalcaneal bursitis.

  • Stress fracture—less common but prevalent among athletes is a stress fracture in the heel. This tiny, hairline crack in the surface of the bone is usually the result of overuse.

As you can see, heel pain has many potential causes. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leornard M. Talarico as soon as you begin to experience ongoing heel pain. Too many patients delay in seeking treatment which usually leads to increased pain and a more difficult recovery. If your heel is bothering you contact our Pooler office today by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care

It’s that time of year: children are heading back to school and the age-old ritual of buying new shoes is taking place in families throughout the greater Savannah region. The shoes you choose can have a big impact on the health of your child’s feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’d like to offer some helpful tips on getting the best shoes for your child:

  • If your child has flatfeet, in-toeing, out-toeing, a foot or toe deformity or he or she has had an injury to the foot or ankle, contact our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico for a consultation. The foot doctor can provide information on the type of shoes that will best protect your child’s feet and give them the necessary support to help with any existing conditions.

  • Get your child’s foot measured by a footwear professional. Remember that it’s not uncommon for one foot to be larger than the other. Always buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.

  • Have your child try on both shoes and spend a bit of time walking in them before making a purchase. Shoes should feel comfortable in the store—a “breaking in” period is a myth.

  • Allow for growth. There should be a finger’s width of space between the end of the longest toe and the inside of the shoe. Don’t buy shoes that are too large, however, as then the foot can slide around causing blisters and ankle turns.

  • If your child is participating in a sport, buy shoes designed specifically for the activity they will be doing.

  • Avoid hand-me-down shoes as the shoe molds to the shape of the foot of its wearer.

  • Choose shoes made of breathable materials that allow for air to circulate. This will help reduce the risk of fungal infection.

  • Remember to check your child’s shoe size often as little feet can grow quickly—as much as two sizes in 6 months! Replace shoes as soon as they are worn out.

If you have additional questions concerning the health of your child’s feet, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 01, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Your nerves are responsible for carrying sensory information to the brain. Nerves report to the brain sensations of pain, temperature and touch. From the brain, nerves carry messages to the muscles instructing them how to move and react. If these lines of communication are disrupted, a number of difficulties can occur. Here are some signs that you may be experiencing neuropathy:

  • Burning, shooting or stabbing pain in your feet

  • Pain in your feet or ankles at night

  • Tingling sensation in your feet or a feeling like pins and needles

  • Feet feel numb

  • Inability to perceive pain when foot is injured

  • Difficulty feeling heat or cold in the feet or feet feel excessively hot or cold

  • Muscle weakness in legs and feet

  • You feel unsteady when you walk

  • Feet look like they’ve changed shape

  • Feet are very sensitive to being touched

Seeking Help

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, make an appointment at our Pooler office to see our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Dangers from neuropathy include sores or wounds forming without the patient being aware of it. Poor circulation, another side effect of diabetes, can mean wounds take a long time to heal and can become infected and even lead to amputation. Also, if neuropathy can make it difficult to feel your feet when you are walking which can lead to a fall.

If you are a patient with diabetes, regular checkups with your podiatrist are an important part of your healthcare. Be sure to report any changes or redness, sores, blisters or pain to the foot doctor immediately. Your podiatrist will prescribe the right treatment for your condition. For more information on diabetic foot care, contact us at: (912) 330 – 8885.











 

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