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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Hard to believe but it’s back to school time once again here in West Chatham County. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that getting new shoes to start the new school year is more than just a family tradition. Well-made, properly fitting shoes are one of the most important elements of good foot health. Below are some tips to help you make the best choice for your children:

Do: get your children’s feet professionally measured. Measuring should be done for each foot with the child standing and bearing full weight on the foot. 

Don’t: buy shoes for your child without them. Even once you know the correct size, it’s essential that your child try on the shoes and walk around the store for awhile in them to make sure they are comfortable and that there are no areas that rub or squeeze the foot. 

Don’t: use hand me down shoes for children. Once worn, shoes conform to the shape and gait of the wearer, making them unsuitable for a different wearer. There is also a chance of passing on athlete’s foot or another fungal infection by sharing shoes.

Do: shop at the end of the day. After walking and being on them all day, feet will be at their most swollen and largest. This will avoid buying shoes that feel fine in the store but then are “tight” after your child starts wearing them.

Do: have your child wear the type of socks he or she will be wearing with the shoes you are buying. This will help ensure the correct fit.

Do: inspect the shoes for quality. A few things to look for are: a firm heel counter (you should not be able to squeeze the backs of the heel together), flexibility in the front of the shoe so that it bends as your child’s foot does when walking and a rigid middle (you should not be able to twist the shoe in the center).

Don’t: forget to inspect sport shoes as well. Not only may your child’s foot size have changed over the summer, shoes may show signs of wear and should be discarded if they are stretched out or have any rips or other damaged areas.

It’s also a good idea to get any foot concerns checked by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, before going back to school. Contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

If there’s a vacation in your near future we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to be sure you’ve packed everything your feet will need to be safe, healthy and ready to take you on every adventure you’re planning. It’s amazing how a few simple items in your suitcase can make or break your vacation by ensuring that foot pain or injury doesn’t put a damper on your summer plans. Here are the must haves:

  • A traveling shoe wardrobe. What this means is not a lot of shoes but rather a well chosen selection that suits the activities you will be doing. Start with a comfortable pair of shoes or sneakers for travel days. Whether you’re traveling by land, car or train, wearing shoes that will let you make the stops, starts and connections you need to do to get where you’re going pain-free is your first smart vacation move. If you have active travel plans, be sure to have shoes specifically designed for what you’ll be doing: hiking boots for mountain resorts, tennis, golf or other sport shoes, etc. Also include a pair of flip flops or shower shoes if you intend to use a public pool, changing area or gym while you’re away. Finally, save the high heels for special nights out—they put stress on your toes and forefeet and should be limited to no more than a few hours at a time.
  • Mini first aid kit. Even with the right shoes, things can still go wrong. Pack moleskin in case you’re out sightseeing and the shoes you’re wearing begin to rub on your skin. Also have bandages and antibiotic ointment to use if you develop a blister or minor cut or scrape on your foot.
  • Sun relief. Just like the rest of your body, the skin on your feet needs protection from UVB and UVA rays. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and also water resistant if swimming is on your agenda. Apply to tops and bottoms of feet.
  • Drink it up. While a water bottle may not seem like a foot health care item, staying hydrated will actually help flush excess fluid from your body and reduce swelling in your feet and ankles.

If your feet hurt for more than the first few days back from vacation, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and ankles and determine if an injury occurred or if you have a foot disorder that requires treatment.

 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Nail Psoriasis   nail fungus  

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to produce skin cells too rapidly. A common sign of psoriasis is red, scaly patches on your skin, but psoriasis can also affect your nails. Some of the symptoms of nail psoriasis are very similar to those of a fungal toenail infection. At The Foot & Ankle Center PC, we urge patients to bring any changes you notice in your toenails to the attention of our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The foot doctor will examine your nails and be able to determine the cause and proper treatment of the problem. Below are some symptoms of nail psoriasis:

  • Pitting—small indentations forming on the surface of your nails. The best way to describe pitting is to think of the surface of a thimble. In nails psoriasis, however, the amount of pitting can vary from patient to patient.

  • Detachment—the toenail can become separated from the underlying nail bed, causing a space to form under the nail. This is called onycholysis. Initially, you may see a white or yellowish patch starting at the tip of your nail and then extending down to the cuticle. Over time, bacteria can move into this gap and an infection may develop, which will cause the nail to become discolored and dark.

  • Subungual hyperkeratosis—this refers to the buildup of a chalky substance under the nail. This will force the nail to become raised and it will feel tender and painful when pressed. Wearing shoes can become quite uncomfortable if this occurs.

  • Fungal infection—to make matters more complicated, it’s estimated that about 35% of patients with nail psoriasis also have a fungal infection. The infection causes discoloration and thickening of the nails. This will affect the treatment for the toenails as both conditions will need to be addressed.

Nail psoriasis can be challenging to eliminate.  In addition to affecting skin and nails, psoriasis can also cause joint inflammation. It is a serious medical condition and requires a comprehensive treatment plan. The bottom line is, if you experience any changes to your toenails, don’t wait—make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330-8885 so the condition can be properly diagnosed and the appropriate treatment started as soon as possible.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

For most of us, the majority of our week is spent at our workplace. Making appropriate footwear choices and taking steps to ensure the safety of your feet are essential to preventing injury and long term foot and ankle problems. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer the following tips for keeping your feet safe and comfortable at work:

Make Good Footwear Choices—every job has different requirements and employees need to take into consideration the work environment when choosing shoes. If you work where there are areas that contain hazardous chemicals, strong cleaning solutions or construction materials, you will want to have protective footwear that completely prevents them from coming in contact with your feet. Jobs that have you on your feet all day necessitate shoes with low, wide heels and good arch support to prevent heel pain and sore feet. Critical to the health of your feet regardless of type of shoe is the fit. Shoes that are too big or too small or put pressure on a particular part of your foot are going to cause short and long term foot issues. Avoid high heels and narrow, pointy toe boxes. These can encourage toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.

Get Moving—feet are meant to be mobile. If you have a desk job, look into a standing desk or at least take a few minutes every hour or so to stand, stretch and take a quick walk to another part of your office. For standing jobs, be sure to sit at lunch or put your feet up on your breaks. During periods of standing, contract and release your calf muscles and flex and stretch your knees, feet and ankles.

Protect from the Inside Out—another danger to your feet is overheating and spending hours in damp, sweaty socks and closed in shoes. This is the perfect environment for bacterial and fungal infections to thrive. If you find that your feet sweat excessively at work, use an antifungal foot powder daily and consider bringing an extra pair of socks to work to change into part way through the day.

Clear the Way—whether you work in a classroom, an office or on a construction site, one major way to prevent tripping, falls and ankle sprains is by keeping walkways clear of debris and work materials. Take time in the beginning and at the end of your work day to pick up any items that could be a fall hazard.

If you find that you are experiencing consistent foot pain at the end of your work day, contact our Pooler, GA  office for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be able to assess your foot condition and make the necessary recommendations to reduce pain and make your work day more comfortable.

 











 

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885