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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: blisters   sweaty feet   vitamin E  

Did you know that if your feet are sweaty you are more likely to get a blister? That’s because blisters are caused by friction. When your feet are sweaty, fabric slides more easily over the skin and that can create a blister. Most of the time, patients don’t come to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC for blisters but if a blister gets very large and painful or if fluid leaks from it that is white or yellow, the blister may be infected and requires evaluation by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico.

Usually a blister will go away on its own. New skin will form under the blister and fluid built up inside the blister will be reabsorbed into the skin. Do not pop a blister. For comfort, apply vitamin E ointment or an aloe-based cream and cover the affected area with a bandage
until the fluid is reabsorbed.

Tips for Prevention

  • Change your socks whenever you feel that they are damp.
  • Choose socks that have heels—tube socks have a tendency to bunch up creating irritation to the skin.
  • Avoid shoes that rub anywhere on your foot—remember, shoes should fit well from the moment you buy them.
  • If you do notice an irritation on your foot caused by rubbing, put petroleum jelly over the area or cover with a bandage or moleskin. Do not continue to wear the pair of shoes that is causing the irritation two days in a row.
  • If you are renting shoes or skates for a sporting activity, take the time to get a pair that fits properly.

If a blister persists for more than a week or it seems to be spreading or getting red or warm to the touch, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Arthritis   diabetes   exercise   healthy weight  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat patients of all ages. At every stage of life there are a particular set of concerns and care issues to focus on. Our senior patients are no exception. Good foot health is essential for maintaining independence as we age. Below are some areas that are significant in the care of senior feet:

Circulation

Keeping the blood circulating is very important as we age. Your feet are the furthest part of your body from your heart and therefore circulation issues can have a very serious impact on them. Good circulation aids in the healing of injuries and infections and also plays a large role in staying mobile. Ways to improve and maintain good circulation include:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid sitting for long periods, particularly with your legs crossed
  • Put your feet up for some period of time each day
  • Don’t smoke

Detecting and Preventing Disease

Many diseases whose risk increases as we age are first noticed in the feet. Joint stiffness in feet or ankles, decreased sensation, burning and other symptoms can be pointing to a systemic problem, such as diabetes or arthritis. That’s why it is very important that seniors get in the habit of checking feet daily and report any changes or abnormalities to our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Early detection of systemic and even foot-specific problems greatly increases the chances of successful treatment.

 Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

We all want to remain independent as we age and be able to enjoy an active lifestyle participating in the activities we love now. There are ways to ensure that this is the case:

  • Choose shoes that are well made, supportive, and fit without rubbing, friction or squeezing the toes together. This single step will prevent many foot conditions from developing or worsening. Discard shoes as soon as they are worn out.
  • Walk whenever possible and exercise on a regular basis.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the strain put on your feet. If you have diabetes, gout or another inflammatory condition ask your foot doctor how your diet can improve your foot issue.

To learn more about senior foot health or to have your feet evaluated, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

If you’re like many people, one of your New Year’s resolutions may be to eat better. Whether you realize it or not, a healthy diet benefits your feet along with the rest of your body. Many foot conditions have obesity as a contributing or exacerbating factor. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want to make the following recommendations for foods that will specifically help increase foot health:

Fight Inflammation: The pain patients experience from many foot conditions, such as  plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis and  arthritis is the result of inflammation. Certain foods can actually spark or increase an inflammatory reaction. These include: refined sugars, fried foods, soda and red meat. If you suffer from inflammation you should limit your intake of these foods. There are also foods that combat or prevent inflammation, such as green leafy vegetables (kale, collard greens, spinach), fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna), tomatoes, nuts and certain fruits (strawberries, cherries, blueberries).

Build Stronger Bones: Did you know that there are 26 bones in each of your feet? That’s about a quarter of all the bones in your body! No further explanation needed as to why foods high in calcium—milk, cheese, yogurt, leafy greens and certain fish—should take center stage in your diet.

Reduce Swelling: Also known as “edema,” swelling in the feet can cause pain and discomfort. A common cause of swelling is too much salt in the food you eat. Look for low-sodium versions of your favorite soups and snacks and substitute other herbs and seasonings for salt in cooking.

Healthy eating can go a long way to preventing foot health issues but if you are experiencing chronic pain or have other uncomfortable symptoms changing your diet may not be enough to bring relief. Schedule an appointment at our Pooler office with our board certified podiatrist,  Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, by calling (912) 330 – 8885 to determine the cause of your foot pain and begin treatment if necessary.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Do’s and Don’ts for Slippery Conditions

Luckily, here in Pooler, GA we don’t get as much snow and ice as our friends up north but that’s also partly why we see so many fall injuries at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC when the roads get a little slick—we are not used to dealing with slippery surfaces. When we do get one of those days when a wintry mix is falling, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind to help you avoid a dangerous winter spill:

Do: keep you hands free—if they are shoved in your pockets to
keep warm or carrying packages you will not have them
available to help maintain your balance or
break a fall if you do start to go down.

Don’t: automatically choose your usual route—look to
see which path into your office, store or home is
least covered in ice or snow and pick the clearest way in.

Do: leave yourself extra time to get where you’re going. If you’re rushing that means you’re not taking the time to look down and pay attention to the parking lot and sidewalk condition. Trying to move in a hurry will cause you to lose your balance. Be a few minutes late and avoid the ankle sprain!

Do: wear shoes with waffled or textured soles for better traction. Carry your work or party shoes and change when you get inside.

Don’t: be afraid to ask for help. A steadying arm as you cross the parking lot or help carrying packages can help you safely get where you’re going.

Do: check hallways and stairs once you’re inside a public place. Others coming in before you may have tracked in snow or slush creating a slick surface inside.

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in slippery weather. If you do fall or twist your ankle, watch for swelling and bruising which, along with pain, are signs of a sprain. Contact our office at 912-330-8885 for an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to get your ankle evaluated and treated if necessary.











 

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