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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Reduce Weight/Reduce Foot Problems

Studies have shown obesity increases the risk of severe ankle sprains by nearly 50%. Being overweight puts significant stress on the bones in your ankles and feet. In addition to the correlation with ankle sprains, excess weight can have other serious foot health consequences, including increased risk for osteoarthritis and total joint replacement. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and in honor of National Nutrition Month we want to offer the following tips to help patients make smart diet choices: 

Not All Fats are Bad: Fat is actually an essential nutrient in our diets but there are fats that are harmful (trans fats and saturated fats) and those that have health benefits. Omega 3 fats can lower cholesterol and help your heart. Food rich in Omega 3 fats include walnuts, flaxseed and certain fish, including salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. Monounsaturated fats also support cholesterol and heart health and can be found in avocados, peanut butter, nuts and olive oil. When possible, substitute oil for butter or other solid shortenings.

Go Green and Orange: When it comes to vegetables, that is. Green and orange vegetables tend to be packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Think leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots and sweet potatoes. Experiment with different cooking methods as well as spices and seasonings. You may find you even like certain vegetables raw, grated into a salad or as dippers for hummus or salsa.

Read labels: There’s a wealth of information on the nutrition labels on foods. Check the portion size but make sure it is accurate for you. Serving size is based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet. If your recommended calorie intake is higher or lower than that you will need to adjust the serving size. You can also find the calories and amount of sugar, protein, fiber and other nutrients so you can choose foods that suit your dietary needs.

Our podiatrist, Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, believes in a total body approach to health. To learn more about how to be proactive in the care of your feet contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling 912-330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Pregnancy   Arch   Ball  

Are you expecting? Congratulations! Your body will undergo many changes over the next 9 months and here at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer some tips on foot health concerns you may encounter during your pregnancy

Choose the right shoes: the weight you will gain carrying your baby brings special challenges to your feet. Extra weight can put pressure on the arch, ball and heel of your foot. Your center of balance will also shift. Your footwear can help counteract the effect of these changes if you pick shoes that are well cushioned to provide shock absorption and have good arch support. Wide, low heels will help with balance.

Increase water/decrease salt: Edema or swelling of the feet and ankles tends to increase during pregnancy. Staying hydrated actually helps flush fluids out of your body and reduces swelling, as does cutting back on sodium in your diet.

Put your feet up: weight and swelling can make existing foot conditions worse and cause inflammation or irritation to your feet. Hormones that are released during pregnancy cause the ligaments to relax in preparation for childbirth. The hormones don’t differentiate, however, so all ligaments, including those in the feet and ankles relax too, which can make feet more tired and increase the likelihood of tripping. Elevating your feet for some time every day will help with reduce swelling and give your feet and ankles rest which will help with all of these conditions.

If you have other concerns about your feet while you’re pregnant don’t hesitate to contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be happy to evaluate your feet and ankles and make recommendations to help with any existing conditions and increase foot comfort overall.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Did you know that there are about 3,000 sweat glands in every square inch of your feet? That’s more than any other part of your body! However, it’s not the perspiration that smells bad but rather the odor is the result of the sweat interacting with bacteria usually found in your shoes or socks. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that although there can be a medical reason for foot odor, many times it can be prevented or greatly reduced by following a few simple tips:

  • Never re-wear socks without washing. Change your socks as soon as you can feel that your feet are sweaty—even if it means you wear more than one pair a day.

  • Alternate your shoes, trying not to wear the same pair two days in a row. If you are a serious athlete, consider having two pairs of sports shoes so you can give each pair 24 hours to air out between uses.

  • Don’t wear sneakers or other closed shoes without socks.

  • Avoid materials that don’t allow your feet to breathe, such as nylon socks or plastic shoes. Choose canvas, leather, mesh or other natural materials that allow good air circulation. For socks, wear cotton or other absorbent materials that draw moisture away from your feet.

  • Wash your feet daily with warm water and a mild soap. Dry completely and check for red patches or dry, itchy skin between your toes and on the soles of your feet—this may be a sign of athlete’s foot.

  • Use foot powder to help keep feet dry. Choose an antifungal type or an anti-bacterial ointment for your feet if you are prone to fungal and bacterial skin infections.

If despite trying these tips and maintaining good foot hygiene a foot odor problem persists, make an appointment at our Pooler office to see our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico by calling: (912) 330 - 8885. The foot doctor can determine if you have a systemic problem that is causing foot odor and prescribe the correct treatment.


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

With nearly a quarter of the bones in your body being found in your feet it’s not surprising that fractures are something that we treat frequently at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC. General bone fractures that occur as a result of an accident, a severe twisting of the ankle or a trauma, such as dropping a heavy object on the foot can be stable—meaning the broken bone is still properly aligned or displaced—the edges of the broken bone do not line up correctly. If a broken bone breaks through the skin it is called an open fracture.

Stress Fractures

A less obvious type of break is a stress fracture. Unlike a general fracture where the break goes all the way through the bone, a stress fracture is a crack in the surface of the bone. In the foot, stress fractures are most often found in the forefoot (between the toes and the arch). Causes of stress fractures include:

  • Overuse
  • Improper training programs or footwear
  • Sudden increase in intensity or duration of an exercise activity

Telltale Signs

Sometimes in the case of a stress fracture or when the general fracture is caused by a twisting ankle injury it may not be immediately obvious that there is a break in the bone. Symptoms of a break are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Being able to walk on your foot does not mean it is not broken. This is a common misconception that has caused many patients to increase the severity of an injury before seeking treatment. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and use x-rays and other imaging studies to confirm a foot fracture. If you experience any of the above symptoms, either after an injury or on a regular basis, particularly after exercise or a sports activity contact our Pooler office by calling: 912-330– 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 01, 2017
Category: Toe Pain
Tags: Arthritis   Hallux Ridgidus  

A condition that we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find patients are often unfamiliar with is hallux rigidus. This disorder affects the joint at the base of the big toe. Sometimes patients confuse hallux rigidus with a bunion but in actuality, it is a type of degenerative arthritis, which causes stiffness and pain in the joint. In its early stages, it is sometimes called hallux limitus because the range of motion is only limited somewhat, but as the condition progresses the joint becomes more rigid and eventually frozen and unable to bend. Due to the fact that the big toe joint is critical for nearly every motion of the foot--walking, standing, squatting, ng and climbing--this means that an inability to bend can cause extreme disability and pain.

Causes

There are many possible paths to hallux rigidus, including:

  • Faulty foot structure or biomechanical abnormalities
  • Osteoarthritis (the wear and tear kind of arthritis that occurs as people age)
  • Fallen arches
  • Excessive pronation (ankles roll inward)
  • Genetics
  • Overuse—people whose jobs or activities involve excessive stress on the big toe joint (such as squatting or stooping frequently)
  • Trauma or previous injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, gout or other inflammatory disease

Diagnosis and Treatment

In addition to pain and stiffness in the big toe joint, you may also experience swelling in the joint, a bump on the top of your big toe joint and pain in your knee, hip, or lower back. Our foot and ankle surgeon,  Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will order x-rays in ad

dition to examining your toe and testing its range of motion. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain and inflammation, usually through icing, oral medications or corticosteroids injections. Special shoes, such as those with a stiff or rocker bottom sole, custom orthotics and physical therapy may be prescribed to increase range of motion and remove stress from the toe joint. If the condition has progressed too far, surgery may be the only option.

Like many foot conditions, the sooner you seek treatment the less invasive the treatment and the better the outcome. If you believe you may have signs of arthritis in your big toe joint, contact our Pooler office for an appointment as soon as possible.











 

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