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Posts for: October, 2016

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we pride ourselves on bringing the latest, cutting edge treatments to our patients. One of the most beneficial treatments to be developed in recent years is Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology or EPAT. Non invasive and able to be delivered in office, EPAT uses pressure waves, which stimulate metabolism and improve circulation to help speed up the healing process. It is used to treat chronic muscle and tendon pain and other musculoskeletal conditions including:

What to Expect

If our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico recommends EPAT treatment for your foot disorder you will most likely undergo  a once a week treatment that lasts about 15 minutes for 3-4 weeks. Pain relief is usually experienced within 4 weeks of initial treatment and for some patients the effect is immediate. 80% of patients report they are pain free or have experienced a significant reduction in pain after being treated with EPAT. Since it is completely non-invasive, there is no risk of infection and you can resume normal activities within 24-48 hours of treatment.

Safety and Side Effects

EPAT is FDA approved and has virtually no risk. Some patients experience minor discomfort after treatment that lasts a few days following a treatment. EPAT is not recommended for patients with Deep Vein Thrombosis, malignancies or for those who have received a cortisone injection within the last 6 weeks.

If you are experiencing chronic muscle or tendon pain, make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885. Every patient is unique and Dr. Talarico will be able to evaluate your specific condition and determine whether EPAT or some other treatment plan is best for you.

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want our patients to get back to basics—basic foot care that is. We spend a good deal of time watching what we eat, taking good care of our heart, sharpening our mind, etc. but it’s just as essential to be proactive in caring for your feet—after all they’re responsible for getting you where you want to go and performing even the most minor daily tasks. Here are some ways to ensure they stay healthy:

  1. Practice good hygiene. Wash your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. Make sure you dry your feet completely (especially between each toe) and apply a talcum or anti-fungal powder if sweating is a concern.

  2. Get in the habit of doing foot checks. When’s the last time you really looked at your feet?! By paying attention to the shape, color, and skin and nails of your feet you are more likely to notice changes, even subtle ones that can signal the beginning of a foot disorder. Lumps, protrusions, peeling or blistering skin, brittle nails as well as changes in temperature are all symptoms to discuss with the podiatrist.

  3. Reduce your risk of injury. Try to avoid or severely limit your time barefoot. You are more likely to experience an injury or come in contact with a fungal infection if feet are not covered. Wear shoes that fit properly and discard them when they are worn out to decrease the risk of falling or twisting an ankle. Apply sunscreen at the beach and when wearing open shoes (yes, the skin on your feet is susceptible to skin cancer too).

  4. Take care of toenails. Always trim straight across (not curved) and not too short to help avoid ingrown nails.  (If you have diabetes or circulation problems, do not trim your own nails.)

  5. Don’t attempt “bathroom surgery.” Trying to cut out an ingrown nail, remove a wart or using old folk remedies can often cause more harm than good and add a bacterial infection to whatever else you’re suffering from.

Last, but perhaps most important, remember that foot pain is not normal! If you are experiencing soreness, chronic pain, stiffness, limited range of movement or any discomfort with your toe, foot or ankle, it’s time to have our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico take a look. Contact our conveniently located Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 13, 2016
Category: Foot Facts
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we frequently treat patients with ankle sprains. We find, however, that much misinformation exists about this common injury which can harm patients if it keeps them getting prompt medical treatment. See how much you know about ankle sprains with the True/False statements below:

An ankle sprain happens when the muscles around your ankle get injured.

FALSE: A strain involves muscles. A sprain occurs when the ligaments in your ankle (those bands of tissue that connect bone to bone or joint to joint) gets overstretched, partially or completely torn.

Usually it requires a pretty severe injury to cause an ankle sprain.

FALSE: While many ankle sprains do occur on sports fields and from fall accidents, some happen with seemingly minor incidents: a missed step, landing on your ankle the wrong way coming down from a Frisbee catch or just walking on uneven pavement.

Bruising, swelling and pain are all symptoms of a sprain.

TRUE: Although you may or may not have all of these symptoms depending on the severity of the sprain. Some of these symptoms are also present in the case of a fracture. That’s why our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, may order an x-ray of your ankle to see if is broken. Sometimes a sprain and fracture occur simultaneously.

If an ankle sprain doesn’t seem too much you can just treat it yourself.

FALSE: All ankle sprains should be evaluated by the foot doctor. Full rehabilitation often depends on starting physical therapy promptly. You can follow the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression and elevation until the time of your appointment.

Once the pain is gone, you can discontinue physical therapy.

FALSE: To help prevent future sprains it is necessary for the ankle to heal completely and for the muscles that support the ankle to be strengthened to provide the necessary support for the ligaments. Once you’ve had a sprain you are more likely to sprain your ankle again if you do not follow the podiatrist treatment plan all the way through.

You can help prevent ankle sprains.

TRUE: Wearing supportive and properly fitting shoes, warming up before fitness activities with stretching and engaging in exercise that promotes balance and flexibility can all help lessen your chances of spraining an ankle.

If you believe you have injured your ankle, contact our Pooler office for an appointment as soon as possible by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: soccer injuries  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC fall brings an increase in the number of young patients we see with soccer injuries. It’s a sport that can be tough on feet and ankles. Ankle sprains and strains, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, Sever’s Disease, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and Lisfranc injuries are among the more common problems that occur more frequently in soccer players. As a contact sport, many injuries are sudden and unpredictable. However, there are a number of ways you can decrease the likelihood of injury and protect your young soccer player’s toes, feet and ankles:

  1. Start with a Check Up—If your child is a serious soccer player and particularly if they have sustained a foot or ankle injury in the past or a chronic foot condition, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard Talarico, before hitting the field. The foot doctor can offer recommendations on how to protect a previously injured area. He may also have suggestions about footwear for your child based on his or her gait and the rest of the foot examination.

  2. Proper Conditioning—Most sports and fitness injuries occur because a player who is not in shape does too much too quickly and pulls, sprains or tears muscles, tendons or ligaments that have been out of use for a while. Start conditioning a few weeks before practice at least. Be sure the program your child is participating in follows sound training principles without overdoing it and including warm up and cool down stretches and exercises.

  3. The Right Gear—Padding and shin guards can certainly offer protection from injury but the most important piece of equipment for your feet is your shoes. Be sure your child has shoes specifically designed for soccer that fit properly (avoid hand me downs as shoes tend to mold to their owner and may have areas of wear that can affect safety). Know the type of field your child will be playing on and let the shoe professional where you are buying the soccer shoes know if it is grass or artificial turf.

  4. Good Playing Conditions—Check out the field where your child’s team practices and plays. There should be no holes or bare spots (the perfect place for an ankle sprain!) and the goal posts should be padded and secure.

If you have other questions or concerns about preventing sports injuries, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 03, 2016
Category: Senior Foot Pain
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   Arthritis   falling  

Secret Cause of Senior Falls

Although no one wants to go to the doctor, putting off treatment for a toe, foot or ankle condition can have severe consequences. Not only will most conditions worsen, leading to greater disability, but foot pain is a leading cause of senior falls. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we urge all our patients--but particularly seniors--to not delay in seeking an evaluation for foot problems. When you’re in pain, you tend to walk differently in an attempt to avoid putting pressure on painful areas. This leads to tripping or losing your balance and can cause you to fall. We see this happen to patients with several conditions including:
• Hammertoe
• Bunions
• Corns or calluses
• Arthritis

Not as Bad as You Think
The irony of the situation is that in many instances, the treatment for a foot issue is way simpler than you imagine. Ourboard certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico has a good deal of experience in treating all of these and other conditions that seniors typically face. An examination of your foot, possibly accompanied by an x-ray or other imaging study will often lead to a prompt diagnosis. In many cases shoe modification, padding or orthotics can relieve pain and improve your ability to walk normally and comfortably.

More Ways to Prevent Falls
In addition to taking good care of your feet and dealing with problems in a timely manner, there are other ways to reduce fall risk.These include:
• Wearing properly fitting shoes with a good tread and avoiding high heels and flip flops
• Exercising to maintain and improve flexibility, range of motion and balance
• Removing tripping hazards inwalk ways in your home such as loose rugs and mats, plant stands, electrical cords and piles of papers or magazines
• Putting non-slip grips on stairs and in the tub and shower
Foot pain is not an inevitable part of aging. By taking good care of your feet you can keep up an active lifestyle and help prevent dangerous falls. As a senior, if you have any particular concerns or questions about your feet, please contact our Pooler office for an appointment.


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