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Posts for: February, 2017

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care

February is Heart Health Month and the American Heart Association is encouraging people to strive to “get healthy for good.” That’s a plan that we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC can definitely get behind. Our podiatrist, Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, believes i

n a total body approach to health. Your feet help the rest of your body stay healthy and the rest of your body’s health most definitely affects your feet. Here are some tips to get you on the path to a healthier you:

  1. Change your mind about food—eating smart isn’t about being “good” some days and eating whatever you want on others. Healthy eating starts in your head. Choose more lean protein, fruits and vegetables and less sugar and empty carbohydrates whether you’re eating at home, at a restaurant or a party. Control portion size (try using a smaller plate) and monitor what triggers you to eat more than you need to (mood, company, weather, etc.) Don’t try to change everything at once. Pick one habit and work to change that. Once you’ve incorporated that change move on to another.
  2. Move more—you can get fit by adding 22 minutes of activity a day to your routine. If that seems overwhelming, break it up into 10 minute segments: take a brisk walk at lunch, choose the stairs instead of the elevator, walk while you talk on the phone.
  3. De-stress—stress not only increases blood pressure it can be a trigger to eat more than you need. Find healthy outlets for stress relief: time with friends, a hobby you enjoy, volunteering. Be sure to get enough sleep, take your vacation days and give yourself calm times throughout the day to take a deep breath and get back on track.

To learn more about healthy habits for your feet and body, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885. The path to being healthy for good begins with one small step. Start today!

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 15, 2017
Category: Toe Pain

A common condition that patients bring to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is an ingrown toenail (also known as onychocryptosis). An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of a toenail curves down and digs into the skin. This causes the toe to become swollen and red. It can be quite painful, and, if the nail actually pierces through the skin an infection can develop.

Why Do Ingrown Toenails Form?

Improper trimming of toenails is the main cause ingrown nails. When nails are cut too short the skin tends to flap over the nail and the nail starts to grow into the skin. Other causes of ingrown nails include:

  • Pressure from shoes that are too tight or short in the toe box; wearing socks that are very tight can also increase the risk of ingrown toenails.
  • An injury or trauma to the toe.
  • Fungal infection
  • Heredity
  • Faulty foot structure


When you first notice the nail has started to grow into the skin you can soak the foot in warm soapy water s

everal times a day and then try to gently massage the nail out of the skin. If this does not work, you will need to come into our Pooler office for treatment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your toe and can perform a simple procedure known as a partial nail plate avulsion, which removes the  ingrown part of the toenail after anesthetizing the toe. If you notice any drainage or pus from the nail or you have a fever it is very important that you call our Pooler office immediately at: 912-330-8885 because this may indicate that an infection has developed and the foot doctor will need to prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. Too many patients suffer unnecessarily with ingrown toenails because they fear the treatment will be very painful. Don’t delay, the treatment is not painful and you will wonder why you waited so long after it’s done.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

One day as you are putting your sock on you feel a lump in the arch of your foot. Your first response should be to contact us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC to make an appointment for an evaluation. In many cases, what our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, finds is a condition known as plantar fibroma.

What is it?

Plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot that forms in the plantar fascia—a long of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from you heel to your Doctors don’t really know what causes a fibroma to develop. The news is that they are not malignant, however, they don’t usually go without treatment. A plantar fibroma may develop in one or both feet once it’s in the arch of the foot it may remain the same size or grow. fibromas can develop in the same foot.

Is Treatment Necessary?

The podiatrist will examine your foot and manipulate the area where the plantar fibroma is located. A biopsy or MRI may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment depends on the size of the fibroma and the level of discomfort experienced by the patient. For some people fibromas cause no pain. In others the pressure from shoes pushing into the arch of the foot causes considerable discomfort. Non-surgical treatment options will not eliminate the fibroma but may cause it to shrink and reduce the pain associated with it. These options include:

  • Steroid injections—this may help shrink the mass and thus relieve the pain. However, the fibroma may slowly grow back to its original size.
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics—these work well if the fibroma is stable and not growing. An orthotic insert can redistribute the patient’s weight and shift pressure away from the arch

Surgical options are available if a patient does not get relief from any of the more conservative measures. But the side effects of these procedures must be weighed and consideration given to the fact that fibromas have a high rate of reoccurrence. If you believe you may have a plantar fibroma, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885. 


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in our country. The good news, however, is that there are steps we can take to help lower the risk of heart disease. One of these is to exercise regularly. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer these tips on purchasing the most important piece of equipment for any sport or fitness routine: your shoes.

  • Get the right shoe for your sport. Athletic shoes are designed for each sport to specifically support the feet in the type of movement that the activity requires. Running shoes, for example are built for more impact; tennis shoes are built for side to side movement and sudden stops and turns. If you don’t intend to specialize in one particular sport, look for a sturdy cross training shoe that has good arch support and a roomy toe box.
  • Go for a fitting at a shoe store that specializes in athletic gear. Many people are wearing shoes that don’t fit properly because they think they already know their size. Feet can also change size over the years.
  • Try on both shoes and take some time walking around the store to assess fit and comfort. Try to replicate the actions you most often do in your chosen sport or activity. Many running shoe stores, for example, have a treadmill in the store to test out the shoes before you buy them.
  • Replace athletic shoes when they are worn out. Running/walking shoes are usually good for 300-500 miles, tennis and basketball shoes can go 45-60 hours of play. 

Another way to ensure you get the right shoe is to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can make shoe recommendations after examining your feet and assessing your gait. The foot doctor will also take into consideration past injuries and current foot conditions to make sure affected areas are protected.

Protect your heart and help the rest of your body with safe, regular exercise. For more information on fitness shoes, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885.


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