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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 27, 2017
Tags: Arthritis   diabetes   metatarsaglia  

Childhood obesity is a serious problem affecting approximately a third of American youth ages 10-17. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that being overweight carries serious health risks for your feet and rest of your body, including a greater risk of conditions such as diabetes, metatarsalgia, arthritis and several other disorders. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One way to help children obtain and maintain a healthy weight is by increasing their level of activity. Here are 7 simple ways to make exercise and fitness activities more enticing:

  1. Take your child places where activity naturally occurs, such as parks, beaches or lakes and community basketball courts or ball fields.
  2. Set a good example by letting your children see you making time for physical activities you enjoy.
  3. Make being active a family affair. Find things you all enjoy doing like taking walks, rollerblading, ice skating, skiing,etc. that are fun and will be looked forward to as a way to spend time together too.
  4. Instead of another video game, give your child toys and equipment that encourages physical activity—balls, skates, bikes, hit-aways and Frisbees will get your child moving. Be sure to provide appropriate protective gear as well (helmets, wrist or knee pads, etc.) to ensure safe play.
  5. Be positive and open to new physical activities your child wants to try. If your child tries something and doesn’t like it, don’t force them to continue but tell them instead that they need to pick another physical activity to replace it.
  6. Bring back neighborhood play. Suggest that instead of texting a nearby friend that your child go outside and play tag, build a fort, rake a leaf pile or enjoy other childhood games.
  7. Listen to your child. If he or she says their feet or ankles hurt, don’t brush it off. Make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885 so our foot doctor, Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, can examine your child’s feet and determine if an injury has occurred or a foot condition is developing.

 

 


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 21, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we know patients do not want to undergo surgery unless it’s absolutely necessary. That’s why we always strive to resolve foot problems using the least invasive means possible. One way that we do that is through an advanced technology called EPAT. Below are some common questions about EPAT to help you better understand this treatment and its uses:

What exactly is EPAT?

EPAT stands for extracorporeal pulse activation technology. This advanced technology uses pressure waves to accelerate the healing process by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation.

What is EPAT used for?

EPAT is used to help heal a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions as well as a treatment for chronic muscle and tendon pain. Some disorders commonly treated with EPAT included: Achilles tendonitis and bursitis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, posterior tibial tendonosis, tibialis anterior syndrome and many other conditions.

Does EPAT have significant benefits over other treatments?

Yes. EPAT is completely noninvasive. This means no incision, no risk of infection and no scarring or scar tissue. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and heals without medications. There is no “down time” or time off from work required for EPAT treatments. Patients are able to return to normal activities within 24-48 hours after treatment. Perhaps best of all, the success rate of EPAT treatments is over 80%.

Is EPAT Safe?

EPAT is FDA approved. It is completely safe and has undergone extensive tests and clinical studies. Developed in Europe, is it is now being used worldwide.

How long does EPAT treatment take?

Most conditions require 3 to 4 treatments. Each session takes about 15 minutes and treatments are generally done at weekly intervals.

Is there anyone who cannot use EPAT?

Patients who have Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), malignancies or have had a cortisone injection within the past 6 weeks should not have EPAT treatments.

What results can I expect from EPAT?

Some patients report immediate pain relief following a treatment, but it is more typical for pain reduction to begin about 4 weeks after treatment. Over 80% of patients report pain relief and for most the procedure also restores full mobility.

If you suffer from chronic foot or ankle pain, the first step is to have your feet examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Once the foot doctor has diagnosed the source of your pain, he will determine if you are a candidate for EPAT treatments. To learn more, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.

 


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Day and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC would like to use this opportunity to address this important topic for our senior patients and those who love them. Did you know it’s estimated that every 11 seconds an older American is treated in the emergency room for a fall? One quarter of adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Even in cases where a fall does not result in serious or permanent damage, it can leave an older adult feeling anxious and depressed and cause them to withdraw from fulfilling activities with family and friends. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent falls. Below are some suggestions:

Take Care of Medical Needs

Falls can be directly linked to foot problems. Neuropathy or other nerve conditions that decrease sensation in the feet can affect balance and cause missteps which lead to tripping and falling. Changing your gait or the position of your foot when you walk or stand in response to foot pain also increases fall risk. Toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes as well as arthritic conditions that limit joint range of motion can also be contributing factors. The bottom line is, if your feet hurt, make an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to let him examine your feet and treat the source of your podiatric disorder.

In addition to foot health issues, don’t neglect eye exams to ensure your vision is not impeded and also have your doctor or pharmacist periodically review your medications to prevent interactions that can cause dizziness, lightheadedness or balance issues.

Conduct a Home Assessment

Use this checklist to make sure that the home environment is not setting you or a loved one up for a fall:

  • Do tubs and showers have handrails and non-slip surfaces?
  • Are stairwells, bathrooms, hallways and other areas inside and outside the home well lit?
  • Take a walk through the home—are their piles of papers, electrical cords, magazine racks or potted plants on the floor? How about throw rugs?
  • Do stairs have railings on both sides?

Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Finally, maintain a healthy weight, eat a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium to keep up bone strength and exercise regularly. This will keep you in good physical condition and reduce the risk of falls.

If you have concerns about senior foot health, contact our Pooler, GA office today by calling: (912) 330– 8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete’s foot is a common and often annoying fungal infection that causes red, itchy, burning skin that’s dry and scaly between the toes and on the tops, bottoms and sides of the feet. It’s common among children and teens, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we see plenty of cases in adults too. Athlete’s foot is spread by coming in direct contact with the fungi that cause the infection. That means there are steps you can take to prevent, or at least greatly reduce your chances of getting it. These include:

  1. Do not walk barefoot in public places, particularly those that are damp and humid such as community pools, gym showers and locker rooms.
  2. Wear absorbent socks and change them frequently if you tend to sweat excessively.
  3. Do not wear other people’s socks or shoes and avoid using towels, nail clippers, emery boards or any other items that may have touched someone else’s feet first.
  4. Keep feet dry by using a talcum powder each morning.
  5. Choose shoes that are made of natural, breathable materials that allow air to circulate.
  6. Wash your feet in warm water and a mild soap each night. Dry thoroughly, paying particular attention to the area between your toes.

Don’t Wait to Get Treatment

If, despite your best efforts to avoid athlete’s foot, you think you may have it, contact our Pooler office sooner rather than later. As athlete’s foot progresses, blisters may form and skin can crack. This opens up the door for infection. The fungal infection can also spread to other parts of your body, including your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine the skin on your foot and determine the cause of the inflammation. Sometimes other foot disorders will have similar symptoms to athlete’s foot. Proper diagnosis is important to ensure that the correct treatment is prescribed. For athlete’s foot, there are both topical and oral medications available and the foot doctor will choose the one the will most effectively treat your infection.

Contact our Pooler, GA  office for an appointment by calling us at: (912) 330-8885.

 










 

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