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

Did you know that on average, 160,000 pedestrian injuries severe enough to require medical attention occur annually? At the Foot & Ankle Center, PC we encourage walking as a great way to exercise, stay in shape and maintain good flexibility and foot health. In honor of National Safety Month, we want to offer some information on avoiding injury while doing this otherwise healthful activity.

Stay Focused

Cell phones were responsible for over 11,000 pedestrian accidents in a recent year. Walkers need to pay attention to their surroundings, especially if walking in an area where there is vehicle traffic. Do not try to text and walk, or block out the sounds of traffic with headphones. Other ways to prevent walking injuries include:

  • Walk where you can have a clear line of sight on traffic coming towards you
  • Make eye contact with drivers—this will let you know that they see you
  • Only cross streets at clearly marked crosswalks
  • Look left, right and then left again before stepping of a curb—the second look left is because cars can come up very quickly
  • When possible, walk with others in a group
  • Choose brightly colored clothing for walks and reflective clothing if you are walking at night

Preventing Foot Injuries

In addition to preventing accidents, be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your feet too. Start with a check up with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to make sure your feet are healthy and to address any chronic or pre-existing conditions (you can contact our Pooler office in West Chatham County for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885). Our foot doctor can make recommendations about the best shoe design for your foot. Be sure to get your foot professionally measured at a store that specializes in walking and sports shoes. A proper fit should allow plenty of room in the toe box and at least a half inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. Be sure there is no loose stitching or other spots inside the shoe that rub or put pressure on any area of your foot. Finally, take your time and walk around the store a few times to be sure the shoes are comfortable.

With a little care you can enjoy all the health benefits of walking and be safe.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: blisters   corns   calluses   bruises  

Most of the time we take our feet for granted.  When we consider all the hard work that are feet do, however, and what life looks like when our feet are not functioning properly and the limits that imposes on our active lives, it makes sense to invest some time in taking care of them. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want to educate our patients about what makes feet healthy and how to spot changes that may indicate a potential podiatric concern. Below are 5 signs that your feet are healthy:

  1. Absence of discomfort and pain. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: pain is not normal. It’s not an inevitable consequence of aging. In many instances, pain is the result of repetitive pressure on your feet, improperly fitting footwear or being overweight. If you have pain but are unsure of its cause, let our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, evaluate your foot. Delaying treatment for foot pain almost always leads to worsening symptoms and a more difficult condition to treat.
  2. Good balance. Depending on your age, you should be able to stand on one foot with your arms outstretched to your sides and your eyes closed somewhere between 7 and 15 seconds. Good balance helps prevent falls.
  3. Flexibility. You should be able to flex all parts of your feet and toes without joint pain. Good tests of flexibility include being able to pick up a marble or small piece of cloth with your toes and being able to lower your heel off a step without pain.
  4. Normal appearance. Skin should be clear of rashes, redness, blisters and bruises. Swelling, change in the shape of your foot, corns and calluses may all indicate an underlying issue. Toes should all be straight and properly aligned.
  5. Full range of sensation. If you take the eraser on the end of a pencil and gently trace a line on the sides, bottom and top of each foot you should have equal feeling in all areas. Lack of sensation may indicate nerve trouble.

It takes only a few minutes on a monthly basis to check the above aspects of foot health. This small investment of time can have a big payoff in preventing debilitating and disabling foot problems. If you have any concerns about any part of your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our Pooler office. Not only will our foot doctor diagnose and treat your foot issue, he will also help you devise a health care regimen that will protect your feet and help you live the healthy lifestyle you love. Don’t put off getting a foot issue taken care of. Contact us today at: (912) 330 – 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Foot Injury   foot safety  

In the summer months, most of us will be trying to keep ahead of lawn care, mowing probably once a week or every other week. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want to urge our patients to be mindful of lawn mower safety precautions.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that over 37,000 Americans will have a power mower injury this year. The vast majority of these injuries are preventable! Below are some important tips to keep your feet safe while mowing:

  • Never mow a lawn that is wet. Losing control of a mower on slippery, wet grass is the most common cause of foot injuries from lawn mowers.

  • Always wear heavy shoes or work boots when mowing. Sandals and canvas sneakers cannot compete with blades that are whirling at the rate of 3,000 revolutions per minute.

  • For steep yards, mow slowly across slopes, not up and down.

  • Keep the clip bag attached whenever you mow. This will prevent sticks and rocks from being launched as projectiles into you or others nearby.

  • Protect children by making sure they are supervised and will not come onto the lawn while you are mowing. Children under the age of 14 are among the two most at risk age groups for mower accidents. Never let a child ride on your lap while mowing the lawn.

  • Don’t ever pull a running lawn mower backwards.

  • If purchasing a new mower, look for one that has a release mechanism on the handle that will automatically shut the mower off if your hands let go of the handle.

If you do suffer a lawn mower accident to your foot—even a minor cut—be sure to stop and treat it right away. Lawn mower blades are very dirty and infection could quickly develop in a wound from a mower. If your injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, be sure to follow up with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, at your earliest convenience. The foot doctor will want to be sure that any foot injury is healing properly. To make an appointment, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care

June is Men’s Health Month and at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to take this opportunity to talk about an important men’s foot issue: diabetic foot careA recent study showed that men with diabetes were less likely than women to engage in proper foot self-care. Being proactive about diabetic foot health can help prevent debilitating foot problems and serious medical threats, including amputation. Below are some areas men fell short in and why it’s essential to make them part of a diabetic foot care plan:

  • Checking feet regularly—a big concern for diabetic patients is developing sores or ulcers on the feet. Two conditions associated with diabetes—neuropathy (or nerve damage) and poor circulation—make ulcers much more dangerous for the diabetic patient. Once a sore develops, poor circulation makes healing slower and more difficult, greatly increasing the risk of infection and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy decreases a person’s ability to perceive pain, burning and other sensations that would indicate a problem on the foot before it’s a full-blown ulcer. That’s why self checks are so important. Inspecting feet daily to look for changes in color, shape, swelling, lumps or bumps, bruises, red marks or blisters can help the foot doctor head off a potential issue before it becomes a risky sore or wound.

  • Drying between the toesathlete’s foot is a common condition that can lead to blisters and open wounds. Most often this infection begins between the toes and loves damp, dark conditions. Not drying between your toes and then putting on socks and shoes creates the perfect environment for fungi and bacteria to thrive.

  • Properly trimming nails—toenails need to cut straight across and not to short to prevent ingrown nails, which provide a gateway for bacteria to enter the body.

  • Limiting time walking barefoot—a puncture wound or trauma to the foot or toes is much more likely to occur if you are barefoot. Fungal and bacterial infections are also spread by direct contact so flip flops or shower shoes when you are in public places will help protect your feet from athlete’s foot and fungal nails.

If you are a patient with diabetes and have additional questions about how to properly care for your feet, make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 - 8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and help you develop a foot health care regimen that will reduce the risk of diabetic complications and help you maintain the active lifestyle you love.


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

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and bone health is directly related to good foot health. The bones in your feet carry your entire body. In patients with osteoporosis the body either doesn’t produce enough bone, loses too much bone or a combination of the two.  For your feet, this means an increased risk of stress fractures due to repetitive activities such as walking and also greater chance that a fall or sprain will also result in a bone fracture. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be happy to discuss your personal risk factors for this bone weakening disease at your next appointment. One thing all patients can do to help improve bone health is to pay attention to diet. Below are ways that you can increase bone strength through what you eat (or don’t eat):

  1. Increase dairy—Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products contain high amounts of calcium—the most important nutrient for building stronger bones.

  2. Add a green veggie to your plate—many greens are excellent sources of calcium including: broccoli, kale, okra, collard greens, turnip greens, broccoli rabe, bok choy and mustard greens.

  3. Choose cereals and juices that are fortified—check the labels and you’ll find that many brands of cold cereal, oatmeal and orange juice all have calcium and vitamin D (which helps the body absorb calcium) added to them.

  4. Go fish—fish oil and fish high in omega-3, such as salmon can also play a part in making bones stronger. In addition, certain fish are also good sources of calcium. These include: rainbow trout, sardines and perch.

  5. Cut back on caffeine—studies show that caffeine can impede the absorption of calcium and cause bone loss. Limit coffee, tea and sodas with caffeine to 2-3 servings a day.

  6. Add a supplement—there are other vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy bones. Consider a vitamin supplement to help ensure you get enough of the following: vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin C.

If you have more questions about bone health and your feet make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330–8885.











 

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