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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Arthritis   diabetes  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we are sometimes surprised about the misconceptions that patients have about the foot doctor and podiatric care. Below are some, perhaps surprising, answers to the question, did you know:

  • Your podiatrist is concerned with more than just your feet. As the old song goes, “the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone, etc.” Problems with your calves, shins, knees and ankles are all part of podiatric care. In the case of many disorders, one part of your lower extremity affects another. In addition, your podiatrist can diagnose other serious and systemic medical problems such as melanoma or other skin cancers, peripheral artery disease, psoriasis, diabetes and arthritis by symptoms that appear in your feet and ankles.
  • We want to treat your warts, ingrown toenails and athlete’s foot. Many patients feel these conditions are too insignificant to bother the foot doctor about but all too often we see cases where a common condition that could have been easily treated has now progressed to a stage where it’s infected and actually interfering in a person’s daily life. Worse still is when patients try “folk remedies” or “bathroom surgeries” and end up creating a much worse situation.
  • We are not offended by smelly feet. Yes, we hope you wash your feet before you come and are wearing clean socks but we know feet smell! In fact, if your feet have a particularly bad odor on a daily basis it may be a sign of medical condition that we can treat.
  • We do surgery. Even though many of the treatments we prescribe are non-invasive and you may primarily associate us with in-office care, we are highly trained surgeons who specialize in feet. Many conditions such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, plantar fibromas, heel spurs and more may best be relieved by a surgical procedure which we can do in a surgical center or hospital.

We want our patients to feel comfortable bringing their feet and lower extremity issues to us without embarrassment. If you notice any unusual changes in your feet or toes or are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and start you on the correct treatment.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   calluses  

For many women, wearing high heels does not cause immediate foot pain and therefore they fail to see the risk to the health of their feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, however, we witness every day the cumulative, long-term effects of wearing high heels. Below are some of the more common problems:

Chronic ankle pain/instability—wearing high heels, particularly thin or spiky heels has the effect on your feet of walking on stilts. High heels puts a strain on the muscles surrounding your ankles and creates a situation where those muscles and ligaments have to work extra hard just to keep you upright. Uneven pavement, cracks in the sidewalk and soft ground can cause your ankle to twist easily and result in a sprain. Continuing to wear high heels after an ankle sprain strains already damaged ligaments and muscles, making repeated injuries more likely and leading to a cycle that causes chronic weak ankles and pain.

Hammertoes—the elevation at the heel forces the toes forward and down and causes them to constantly push up against the front of the shoe. This can eventually result in the bending of one or more toes (particularly if you have one toe longer than the others) into the “hammer” shape that gives the deformity its name.

Bunions—in most high heel shoes the toe box is narrow. In addition to pushing toes down, toes are squeezed together and this pressure can hasten or worsen the development of a bunion. The big toe joint is encouraged to leave its normal place and the whole toe begins to move toward the center of the foot.

Calluses and Corns—when toe deformities such as hammertoes and bunions form, calluses and corns often follow. This is because now there is a part of the toe that is enlarged or out of normal position and therefore shoes, which are not designed to accommodate the change, begin to rub and put pressure on the deformity.  Corns and calluses form in response to that pressure, causing additional pain and discomfort.

If you are currently experiencing foot or toe pain or discomfort, it’s important to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office sooner rather than later. Most foot problems associated with high heels are progressive and will only get worse over time. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can help slow the progress and possibly even reverse the effects of the damage. 


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Arthritis   Osteoporosis  

Did you know that nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet? These, along with the 33 joints it takes to move them, are good reasons for us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC to recognize Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week, which takes place from October 12-20. Although there are conditions and diseases that can impede proper bone and joint function and cannot be prevented, there are many things that patients can do to protect joints and bones. Below are some of our top tips:

  1. Don’t ignore pain or stiffness. If you begin to notice that you are having discomfort in any of the bones or joints in your feet or ankles, don’t put off contacting our Pooler, GA office for an appointment. In many cases, particularly when dealing with joints and bones, continuing to walk and bear weight on them when in pain can increase damage and result in long term disability.
  2. Wear shoes that are appropriate for sports and fitness activities. Having shoes designed for the sport you are playing and making sure that they are fitted properly will go a long way to prevent bone and joint crippling injuries. In many cases, injured joints become sites for arthritis later in life. Be sure to replace athletic shoes when they show signs of wear.
  3. Incorporate weight bearing exercise into your daily routine. Whatever your preferred fitness activity, including weight bearing exercises will help increase bone strength.
  4. Include plenty of calcium in your diet. Another way to help build bone strength and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis is by ensuring you take in the right amount of calcium for your age and sex (your doctor can advise you on the amount you need). In addition to well-known sources, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products, you can find calcium in certain fish (sardines, salmon), leafy greens such as bok choy and broccoli and nuts.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese puts excess strain on foot joints and bones. Avoiding sugars, processed and fried foods is doubly helpful because in addition to helping with weight control, these foods are known to cause an inflammatory response which can cause pain and stiffness in the joints.

If you have any questions or concerns about your bone and joints, don’t hesitate to contact The Foot & Ankle Center, PC for a proper diagnosis by our podiatrist Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. You will receive high quality individualized treatments to help you improve your foot health!


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 04, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Sometimes when the symptoms are vague and not constant or acute we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find that patients are reluctant to come in to the office to have their feet examined. Unfortunately, that can lead to more serious foot problems that then require more invasive treatment and longer recovery times. One such condition is chronic ankle pain or discomfort. Below are 3 myths and why you shouldn’t believe them:

“It’s probably nothing.”

If you experience ongoing symptoms, it’s probably not nothing. Pain, stiffness, swelling, “wobbliness” and difficulty fully extending your ankle can indicate a number of serious ankle disorders including: osteochondritis, chronic lateral ankle pain, chronic ankle instability, arthritis, Lyme’s disease, nerve damage or an undiagnosed bone fracture. If you’ve had repeated ankle sprains in the past, there’s also a chance that scar tissue has formed which is now causing you ankle pain, or that your ankle did not fully heal from a previous sprain. All of these issues require medical diagnosis and treatment.

“There’s nothing that can be about it.”

Actually there’s quite a bit that can be done. Once our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard A. Talarico, examines your ankle, gets your medical history and takes an x-ray (or other imaging study), he will be able to determine the source of your ankle discomfort. If something is broken, the ankle will need to be immobilized to give the bone time to heal. Other chronic ankle conditions can benefit from physical therapy, which can retrain muscles and ligaments and also strengthen muscles that support the ankle. If weakness is an issue, the foot doctor may recommend that you wear an ankle brace to prevent future twisting. Finally, pain relief and decreasing the swelling of the ankle can be achieved with medication.

“It only happens after I walk, play tennis, ______________ (fill in the blank) so I don’t think it’s worth getting checked out.”

Any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles is essential to get checked out. Delaying medical treatment can result in a worse situation. In some cases, chronic ankle injuries that are left untreated will eventually need surgical repair. Don’t take a chance. Contact our Pooler, GA office in West Chatham county today for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.











 

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