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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 27, 2017
Category: Foot Surgery

Many foot conditions today, including bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes and arthritis to name a few, can be greatly improved through podiatric surgery. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we always strive to treat your foot problems as conservatively as possible, but sometimes surgery is the best—or only—option. As a patient, there is much that is within your control that you can do to help ease anxiety and ensure that your procedure and recovery have no surprises.

Get the Facts—find out all the details of your procedure: where it will be performed, what type of anesthesia will be used, how long it should take and whether or not your surgery requires an overnight hospital stay. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will take the time to answer any and all questions that you have about an upcoming surgery.

Be Prepared—nearly as important as the information about the surgical procedure is what to expect afterwards. What will your recovery be like? How much pain will you be in and what options will be available to alleviate that pain? How long will you have to be off your feet? Will you need special equipment such as crutches or a knee scooter? The answers to these questions will help you know if there are any special measures you should take to plan for post operative care. For example, if your bedroom is upstairs you may want to temporarily relocate to a room on the first floor. Ask how long before you can drive and/or return to work too so you can plan your schedule and appointments accordingly.

Line Up Help—accept any offers of help! You will most likely need someone to drive you home after your foot surgery. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may need someone to stay with you for the first few days at home. Other ways family and friends can help are making easy to reheat meals for your freezer and ferrying children to practices and activities.

In most cases, the relief is so great that patients wondered why they waited so long to have their foot surgery done. If you have additional questions about foot surgery, contact our office in Pooler, GA by calling: (912) 330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: swollen feet   edema  

If your body retains water or has an abnormal buildup of fluids, gravity ensures that it will likely impact your feet and ankles. Painless swelling is actually a fairly common problem and can have a multitude of causes.  Some are harmless: standing for long periods of times, pregnancy, long car or plane rides, for example. In other instances, however, swelling can be an indication of a more serious problem and one that requires medical attention. These include: heart, renal or liver failure, reaction to certain medications, injury or a circulatory problem. The only way to find out for sure is to allow our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to examine your feet, ankles and legs. Our foot doctor can help determine if your edema is due to a condition that requires treatment.

Reducing Edema

For cases of foot and ankle swelling that are not caused by a serious medical issue, there are a number of ways you can help decrease edema:

  •  Since salt can cause you to retain water, reduce the amount of sodium in your diet
  • Drink more water (this may sound counter-intuitive but it actually helps flush extra fluid out of your body)
  • Don’t sit or stand for long periods without getting up, stretching and changing your position
  • Elevate your legs above heart level when lying down
  • Exercise regularly—this helps fluid work back into the veins and lymphatic channels
  • Avoid socks with tight elastics that restrict blood flow to the feet and lower legs

If you experience swelling in your ankles or feet on a consistent basis it’s worth getting it checked out. Contact our Pooler, GA office in Chatham County by calling: (912) 330-8885 and arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience. 


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

One of the pleasures of summer is getting a professional pedicure with the season’s newest color for a pretty look to wear with open-toed shoes and sandals.  If the salon you choose, however, is not following proper sanitizing procedures you may end up leaving with something that wasn’t part of the beauty package: fungal toenails or a bacterial infection. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer these tips to ensure that your pedicure is safe as well as attractive:

  1. Tools of the trade—since fungal and bacterial infections are spread by direct contact, it’s important that the pedicure tools used (clippers, files, cuticle cutters and pumice stones) are all  sterilized between clients. The best way to do this is ensuring that the salon uses an autoclave machine which kills germs with hot steam and pressure. Liquid sanitizers are okay but instruments need to be immersed for at least 10-15 minutes to kill off the majority of germs. The safest bet is buying and bringing your own set of tools to the salon—that way you know you are the only one using them.

  2. Check the tubs—whirlpool tubs at the salon come in two varieties: piped and pipeless. The pipeless ones are safer because fungi and bacteria cannot get stuck in the pipes that cannot be seen from the outside of the tub. Don’t be afraid to ask at your salon which kind they use. In addition, you should see the technicians clean the tubs after each client.

  3. Wear flip flops—bring your own flip flops to wear after your nails are polished. Never walk barefoot at the nail salon.

  4. Shave safe—it’s best not to shave your legs 24 hours before receiving a professional pedicure. Shaving creates tiny cuts in the skin which can be easy access points for bacteria from the whirlpool tub.

  5. Trim properly—be sure that when the nail technician cuts and files your toenails that they cut straight across and not round the corners. Rounded nails encourage nails to grow into the adjacent skin, resulting in an ingrown toenail.

Know the signs of a fungal toenail: discoloration, thickening of the nail and crumbling at the edges. If you notice these signs or anything unusual about your toenails, contact us for an appointment at our Pooler, GA  office so that our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can examine your nails and prescribe the appropriate treatment.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Ah, it’s the good, old summertime and at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we hope all of our patients have a chance to relax and enjoy these beautiful days.  We also want to remind you that summer can bring its own set of foot health challenges. Based on the conditions we see most often during the summer months, we’d like to offer these tips for keeping your feet safe and healthy while enjoying all the fun of the season:

  • Wear some kind of footwear at public pools, beach changing areas and rest rooms and any place else where others are likely to be walking barefoot. Fungal and bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are spread through direct contact. You can greatly reduce your risk of contracting one of these infections by keeping your feet covered.

  • Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet if you will be spending the day out in the sun. Not only is sunburn painful, it can also increase your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.

  • Pack more than one pair of shoes for vacation. Yes, it’s nice to travel light but it’s not good to wear the same pair of shoes for multiple days in a row. Shoes need a chance to air out to eliminate perspiration and dampness, which can lead to bacterial infections. Also, friction is created between your shoes and your feet as you sweat, which can create a blister. Varying your shoes will avoid an excess amount of pressure being applied to one spot.

  • Limit your time in flip-flops. Although convenient and comfortable, these popular summertime shoes provide no arch support and can leave you with aching feet and heel pain if worn on a regular basis. They have also been proven to be a tripping hazard for many patients.

  • Seek medical treatment promptly if you do injure your foot or notice anything unusual about the skin on your feet or your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back to summer fun in no time. Contact our Pooler, GAoffice for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.











 

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