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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Have you begun to notice a burning sensation in your feet pretty much all the time? While we all have days where our feet burn and ache after we’ve spent many hours on them, it is not normal to experience this on an ongoing basis. This condition is something we see frequently in patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC and can be a sign of a more serious problem. There are many possible reasons for this annoying symptom. In most cases, burning feet are associated with a nerve problem. It is also more likely to occur in patients who are over the age of 50. Other possible causes of burning feet include: 

Getting Relief

Patients whose feet feel like they are on fire more often than not should schedule an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico in our Pooler office. Until your appointment, you can try to relieve the burning feeling by taking the following steps:

  • Avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Be sure that your shoes fit properly and provide adequate support for your feet (if you have any questions about the best type of shoes for your unique foot structure, ask the foot doctor)
  • Take daily foot baths
  • Choose cotton socks over synthetic fibers for better breathability
  • Put shock-absorbing insoles in your shoes (the podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics to correct mechanical foot problems)

Don’t delay in scheduling an evaluation of your burning feet. The best time to diagnose and treat most podiatric problems is when they are in their very early stages. Contact us by calling: (912) 330–8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoe   corns   calluses   orthotic devices  

At The Foot and Ankle Center, PC we find that patients know how to identify a hammertoe by its telltale appearance but they don’t know much about what causes this deformity or how it can be treated. Below are some questions and answers about this common foot condition:

What causes hammertoe? Most of the time hammertoe (which can affect the second, third or fourth toe) is the result of a muscle/tendon imbalance that can occur in the toe due to a structural problem or a neurological change in the foot. If one toe is longer than the others and is constantly cramped in the shoes a patient wears that can also cause a hammertoe to form. Sometimes a hammertoe can be traced to an earlier trauma to the toe. The tendency for hammertoes can be genetic.

Are hammertoes painful? Yes, on a couple of levels. First the cramping of the toe causes pain in the toe itself but there are also secondary wounds that occur such as corns and calluses due to the friction from rubbing against footwear and the pressure put on the ball of the foot from the unnatural position of the toe. Balance can be affected as well.

Will hammertoes go away if left untreated? No. Hammertoe is a progressive condition. Although it may progress at different rates in different patients it will not disappear without treatment. As it progresses, the toe will become more rigid and difficult to straighten.

What treatment options are available for hammertoe? Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and toe and may order an x-ray to see the full extent of the deformity and to use as a gauge for tracking progression of the hammertoe. Once the foot doctor has determined the severity of your hammertoe he can prescribe treatment which may involve any or all of the following: medication, orthotic devices, shoe modifications and exercises. If you have corns or calluses padding may also be recommended to protect these areas.

Hammertoe is best treated in its early stages. If you notice this tendency with one of your toes, make an appointment at our Pooler office and let us help you get relief and prevent a more crippling condition from developing.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 13, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

A condition that many of our patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC have not heard of until they are diagnosed with it is metatarsalgia. The risk for this condition increases as you age. Below are some questions and answers to help you understand metatarsalgia:

What is metatarsalgia?

The 5 long bones that run down the middle of your foot from your toes to your ankles are the metatarsal bones. The end of the bone near your toes is known as the metatarsal head. Metatarsalgia is the name of the condition that occurs when one of the metatarsal joints or the nerves between the bones becomes inflamed. Aging causes the padding on the bottom of the feet to wear down which is why this condition is more common in older patients.

What are the symptoms?

Pain from metatarsalgia is centered in the ball of the foot under one of the metatarsalgia joints. The pain can come on suddenly and may get worse when you are active or you walk barefoot. In some cases patients will have a callus form underneath the affected joint.

What causes metatarsalgia?

Basically, metatarsalgia is the result of either uneven pressure or too much pressure being applied to the metatarsal bone. This can be caused by a multitude of reasons including: shoes with rigid soles, foot injuries or deformities, overuse (particularly if you regularly participate in a weight-bearing sport such as running), prolonged standing on hard surfaces, overpronation (foot turning inward), arthritis and being overweight. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will track down the cause by examining your foot and asking questions about your medical history, lifestyle, job and activities.

How is metatarsalgia treated?

Rest, ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (at the foot doctor’s recommendation) usually relieve the symptoms of metatarsalgia. Long term treatment depends on the cause. The podiatrist may recommend changing the type of shoes you wear, inserting an orthotic device in your shoes, losing weight or treating an underlying condition that is causing the metatarsalgia.

What should I do if I have pain in the ball of my foot? Contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

The most common symptom of a fungal toenail infection is a discoloration of the toenail. The nail may get darker, turn a yellowish-brown color and white spots may appear on the nail plate. As the infection advances (which can take quite a long time) the nail may become thick, brittle and crumbly. Sometimes a secondary bacterial infection occurs which can cause pain and a bad odor. Unfortunately, at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, this is when patients usually come to us for treatment.

Although fungal infections are fairly easy to treat, most people see them as just a problem in the appearance of the nail. These infections, however, can spread to other nails and the skin of the foot or even other parts of your body. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your toenail and check to see if the infection has spread. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the foot doctor may debride the nail, which means clean out the debris left behind from the fungal infection. Treatment may be a topical or oral anti-fungal medication. In severe cases, part of the nail may be removed surgically to prevent the infection from recurring.

The fungi that cause a nail infection are spread by direct contact. You can avoid a fungal toenail infection by taking some simple precautions:

  1. Always wear flip flops or shower shoes in public places like the gym, locker room showers, community pool and nail salon. The goal is to avoid direct contact with any surface that is touched by others feet.

  2. Don’t share socks, shoes, or towels.

  3. Wash feet daily with soap and water and inspect nails and skin for discoloration or other signs of infection (skin infections can also spread to toenails). Dry feet completely before putting on socks.

  4. Don’t allow feet to stay in damp socks. If you perspire heavily change your socks more than once a day. Use a foot powder to help keep feet dry.

  5. Disinfect home pedicure tools and either bring your own tools to the salon or check to be sure safe sanitizing procedures are being followed where you go.

  6. Keep nails trimmed straight across with no rough edges that can catch and tear.

If you notice anything unusual about your toenails, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330–8885.











 

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