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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 28, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Did you get everything on your list this year? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we believe your feet deserve a special present after all the work they did helping you make the holidays special for everyone. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pedicure Tools—who doesn’t enjoy a professional pedicure but do you ever worry when you’re in the salon about getting a fungal toenail infection? One of the major causes of this condition is pedicure tools that are not properly sterilized between customers. Bring your own tools and enjoy a worry-free foot treat!
  • A Wrist Band Fitness Device—if Santa didn’t leave you one of these under the tree, consider buying yourself one. Being able to see how active (or inactive) you are and setting fitness goals to help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight is a real gift for your feet. How so? Many foot conditions are caused or made worse by the pressure and strain of carrying excess body weight.
  • New Sports Shoes—and speaking of fitness, when is the last time you bought new shoes for walking, running or whatever sport you do most often? Getting professionally measured and buying good quality shoes for fitness activities at a store that specializes in athletic footwear will up your game and, even more importantly, helps prevent sports injuries.
  • A Podiatric Checkup—Often times after the holidays (or other times of intense foot use) patients will notice foot or ankle pain or other symptoms of discomfort. So many foot and ankle conditions are more easily and less invasively treated in their early stages. Don’t delay in seeking treatment if you are in pain.  Contact our conveniently located Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico has many years experience treating all types of foot and ankle disorders and will help find the cause of your discomfort and a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 20, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: calluses   bone spur   corn  

A callus is a hardened, thick patch of skin. At The Foot & Ankle Care Center, PC, we find that most patients believe that calluses are a skin problem but in reality, they are a sign of a bone problem. A bone spur or a bone that is enlarged or protrudes is subject to pressure from your shoes when you walk. Over time, in response to this pressure, a callus or corn forms. (Corns are similar to calluses but they have a hard “corn kernel” like center.) The callus is actually your body’s way of protecting the tissue between the bone and the outer layer of your skin.

Calluses most often form on the heel, ball or side of your foot or on your toes, depending on the cause. A plantar callus can develop on the bottom of the heel, for example, in cases where one metatarsal bone is lower or longer than the rest. An intractable plantar keratosis refers to a callus under the ball of your foot which caused when one metatarsal head is lower than the others and therefore receives an excessive amount of pressure because it hits the ground first, getting the full force of all your weight.

When is Treatment Needed?

Although a callus may not be painful initially, as it grows larger it may start to cause you considerable discomfort. Calluses press on nerves and can cause bursal sacs to become inflamed which can make your foot hurt—anything from a dull ache or sore feeling to sharp, shooting pains. Calluses and corns can also become irritated on the outside as friction from footwear and repeated rubbing create blisters and sores.

Ultimately, the underlying cause of the callus needs to be treated. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will get your medical history and conduct a thorough examination of your foot. The podiatrist will also want to know about your work and activities to help hone in on what’s forcing the callus to form. There are a number of treatments to help elimina

te calluses but without eliminating their cause calluses are likely to return and grow larger.

If you have discovered a corn or callus on your foot, make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: 912-330-8885 to find out the best treatment plan for you.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 14, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   swelling   Sesamoiditis  

Unless you’re in the medical profession or you can remember back to your anatomy and physiology class, you may not be familiar with sesamoids. These tiny bones occur only in a few places in the body and what makes them unique is that they are connected only to tendons or embedded in muscle. In your foot, the sesamoids are on the bottom of your foot up near the big toe. No bigger than a corn kernel, these bones create a smooth surface for the tendons to glide over as they pass on muscle forces. The sesamoids in your feet enable you to elevate the big toe bones and they also help with weight bearing. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat patients whose sesamoids have fractured or become irritated--a condition known as sesamoiditis.

Sesamoids Gone Bad

Sesamoiditis is actually a form of tendonitis and when excessive and repetitive is exerted on the sesamoid they can become inflamed or injured. That’s why it’s a disorder we frequently see in runners, baseball catchers and ballet dancers. Signs of sesamoiditis include:

  • Pain in the ball of your foot or under the big toe
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty bending and straightening the toe

Getting Relief

If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment at our Pooler office. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and also ask questions about your medical history and recent activities. If sesamoiditis is the diagnosis, the foot doctor will want you to take a break from the activity that is putting pressure on the sesamoids. In addition, the podiatrist will most likely recommend one or more of the following noninvasive treatments:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce 
  • pain and inflammation
  • Icing the bottom of your foot
  • Steroidal injections to decrease swelling
  • Padding or cushioning in your shoes to protect and limit stress to the affected area
  • Using low-heeled shoes that have soft soles

Contact us by calling: 912-330-8885 if you suspect you may be suffering from sesamoiditis.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 07, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gout   diabetes   uric acid   diet  

With all the merry making that goes on during the holiday season we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC often see an increase in cases of gout. Gout is a problem that affects joints. It occurs when uric acid builds up and crystallizes in the joints, causing painful inflammation that can come on suddenly and is usually accompanied by swelling and warmth around the joint.

Science and Symptoms

Uric acid is a byproduct of the process of breaking down purines, chemicals found naturally in our body and in certain foods. Normally, uric acid is eliminated in urine but for some people, their kidneys do not eliminate uric acid properly or their body over produces it and this can result in gout.

Site of Attack

Gout can affect any joint, however, it most often strikes the joint of the big toe. Why? Uric acid reacts to cooler temperatures by turning into crystals. Being farthest from the heart, the toe is the coldest part of the body and therefore the most common site for gout occur.

Who Gets Gout?

There are a number of factors that make a patient more prone to gout:

  • High blood
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Chemotherapy
  • Certain medications and vitamins (particularly niacin)
  • Stress

Food Triggers

Certain foods and beverages contain large amounts of purines and may trigger a gout attack. Unfortunately, many of these foods are popular at the holidays: red meat, shellfish, red wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Fatty foods such as turkey skin and rich cream sauces should also be avoided along with organ meats.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can advise you on how to treat gout and provide relief from an attack as well as strategies to avoid gout. To learn more, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 01, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

Do you experience persistent pain in your heel, arch or the ball of your foot and your toes? Do you find that the pain gets worse the more you’re on your feet and that sometimes it even keeps you up at night? How about cramping in your arch, or tingling, numbness or a burning sensation in your foot? If the answer to these questions is yes, you may have a condition that we treat at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC called tarsal tunnel syndrome.

What’s Behind the Symptoms?

The tibial nerve passes through a tunnel along the inside of your ankle before branching out to serve several sections of your foot and heel. If this nerve becomes irritated and swollen it will become compressed within the tarsal tunnel which can result in any of the above symptoms. Common causes of compression of the tibial nerve include:

  • An abnormal growth or enlargement of a structure inside the tunnel, such as a ganglion cyst, swollen tendon, varicose vein or bone spur.
  • Flat feet, which puts a strain on the nerve due to the outward leaning of the heel that results from fallen arches.
  • Diseases that cause swelling like arthritis or diabetes.
  • An injury to the ankle or foot that causes inflammation and swelling near or around the tarsal tunnel.

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain or numbness around the ankle area, make an appointment to see our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. During a thorough examination, the foot doctor will check for nerve damage, masses and other possible causes of your symptoms. If a diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome is confirmed, the podiatrist will go over non-surgical and surgical treatment options depending on the severity of your condition. Prompt diagnosis is important as the symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome can mimic other foot ailments. Delaying treatment can result in permanent nerve damage. Contact our Pooler office for more information.

 










 

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