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Posts for: May, 2017

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 24, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   hammertoe   callus   corns   orthotics  

One thing most patients know about bunions is how to identify them. The telltale bump on the side of the base of the big toe is easily recognizable. Beyond that, however, we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find that many myths abound about this common foot problem. Below are some true/false statements to help sort out fact from fiction: 

Tight shoes are the source of bunions.

FALSE: Bunions are actually the result of an abnormal foot structure and mechanical problem. This causes the big toe to drift toward the second toe, forcing the joint out of place. A bony protuberance forms at the base of the joint creating the visible bunion or bump. Wearing shoes that have a narrow toe box or are made of stiff materials, however, is the number one contributing factor to the formation of a bunion if your foot has the structural or mechanical abnormality.

All bunions need surgery so you should put off seeking treatment as long as possible.

FALSE: There are many nonsurgical options available and they are actually more effective when a bunion is in its early stages. Therefore instead of delaying treatment, you should make an appointment at our Pooler office as soon as you suspect that a bunion is forming.

Bunions will not heal without treatment.

TRUE: Bunions are a progressive condition and will only get worse as time goes on. However, each bunion is unique and yours may progress rapidly or slowly. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and toe and probably take an x-ray to see how far the bunion has progressed as well as to track future progression. The podiatrist will suggest the optimal treatment plan to relieve painful bunion symptoms and slow the progression of the deformity. This may include the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone shots, icing, custom orthotics, exercises, night splints and padding.

There are other secondary conditions associated with bunions.

TRUE: The constant friction on the toe or toes due to pressure from shoes can result in corns. In some cases, patients develop a painful callus as well. If a patient with a bunion does not modify his or her shoe choices and get other treatment, a hammertoe (another toe deformity where the toe bends down into the shape of a hammer) may occur as well. Bursitis can also set it.

All bunions will benefit from early diagnosis and treatment so don’t wait—if you believe you may have a bunion, contact us at: (912) 330–8885.

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that it can be difficult for parents to detect and analyze foot problems in children. Young children in particular may not be able to articulate where it hurts or what doesn’t feel right in their feet. Look for clues that they may be experiencing a foot problem:

  • Not wanting to play sports or participate in activities he or she normally enjoys
  • Limping
  • Walking on tip toes
  • An awkward gait when running or walking
  • Complaints of pain

Common Pediatric Foot Problems

Although many foot disorders that affect adults can also strike children, there are a few conditions that occur more frequently in children. These include:

Sever’s Disease—this disorder is characterized by severe pain in the heel. In children ages 8-15 the growth plate is not fully developed, leaving a weak area at the back of the heel that can become inflamed with repetitive stress.

Pediatric Flatfoot—many babies and toddlers appear to have flatfeet when they first start to walk but as baby fat diminishes and they mature the arch develops more fully. If a flatfoot condition exists it may become painful or children may complain of cramping in their feet or their knees and legs.

Ingrown Toenails—children’s feet grow so fast that parents may not notice that shoes and socks have become too tight. Cramped quarters can force toenails to start to grow back into the skin at the edges of the nail bed. As the nail penetrates the skin it can become red, swollen and very painful. It’s also possible for an infection to occur at the site.

Warts, Fungal and Bacterial Infections—all of these problems are spread by direct contact with the virus, bacteria or fungi causing the condition. Children are famous for sharing shoes and socks, using the same towel as their friends and going barefoot in public places such as community pools, beach bathrooms and changing areas.

Get in the habit of checking your children’s feet regularly. If you notice anything unusual or your child experiences any foot pain that lasts more than a few days, have their feet evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Untagged

May is Melanoma awareness month and this deadly skin cancer is of particular importance to us here at The Foot & Ankle Care Center, PC. Why? Although melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer it is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths. It has a high cure rate when caught early, but unfortunately, most cases found on skin on the feet are not detected until a late stage in the disease. We want to help change that by raising awareness among our patients about melanoma and offering some important tips on prevention.

Who’s at Risk?

Melanoma can strike people in any age group. In fact 25% of melanoma cases occur in people under the age of 45. Here are some other factors that increase your risk:

  • Having blistering sunburns before age 18

  • Fair skin; blond or red hair; skin that freckles

  • High number of moles on the skin (i.e., more than 50), especially if they first appeared when young

  • Family or personal history of skin cancer

Prevention Tips

Over exposure to UV (ultraviolet) light is the primary cause of melanoma. It’s important to note that the risk of exposure can be from a short-term intense exposure or from a lower amount of UV light over a long period of time. You can greatly reduce your risk of melanoma by doing the following:

  • Applying sunscreen to your feet (using the same amount and at the same frequency that you would for the rest of your body). This means the soles of your feet as well if you will by outside with your feet up by the pool, lake or ocean. On a daily basis, use sunscreen on your feet if you will be wearing open sandals or pumps without socks outside.

  • Avoid tanning beds.

  • Limit your time in the sun during the peak UV sun hours: 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Wear water shoes at the beach or other swimming venues.

  • When you remove toenail polish check for spots on the skin under the nail.

Get in the habit of checking the skin on your feet for new moles or freckles or for changes in size, shape, thickness and color of any existing growths. If you have any concerns at all, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885 and let our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico examine your feet.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Gout   orthotics  

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults are affected by arthritis? Arthritis is the top cause of disability in our country and every year it’s the reason for 172 million missed work days. With 33 joints in each of your feet and ankles, arthritis is clearly a podiatric concern. In honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to make sure our patients recognize the symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Types and Symptoms

Arthritis is a broad term that describes over 100 inflammatory joint conditions. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis is the most familiar type of arthritis. It is caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage that occurs as we age. Rheumatoid arthritis is the more serious of the two. It is a complex group of disorders that affects the entire body.

General symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Ongoing or recurrent pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Redness or a feeling of heat in the joint
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Skin rashes or growths around the affected joint(s)

Diagnosis and Treatment

Of course, inflammation and pain in the joints can point to other foot disorders too. That’s why it’s important if you have any of these symptoms that you schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The foot doctor will do a complete examination of your foot and ankle and test your range of motion. X-rays may also be ordered to get a more complete picture.

There are several treatment options for arthritis, including physical therapy, medication, orthotic devices and even dietary changes (if you are overweight or suffer from the arthritic condition of gout). The sooner you seek treatment the sooner the podiatrist can diagnose your condition and put you on the road to relief. Contact our Pooler office for an appointment today by calling: (912) 330–8885.


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