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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: fissures  

You’ve shopped and wrapped and waited on line at the post office to mail gifts and cards. You’ve cooked and cleaned and hosted holiday dinners and also attended a few festive gatherings yourself. Your feet are tired! At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we would like to suggest a few ways to give your feet a break:

  • Put them up. One of the best things you can do is give your feet a rest. Sit with them elevated, if possible, a few times a day.
  • Indulge in a rich moisturizer. Massaging your feet before you go to bed with an extra emollient cream or lotion will not only feel wonderful it will help improve circulation and prevent cracks and fissures in your feet from dry skin.
  • Get a pedicure. Trim toenails straight across with no jagged edges to prevent injury and ingrown toenails. Enjoy a warm foot soak. Dry feet, moisturize and then finish with a coat of your favorite polish. If you choose to have a professional pedicure, just make sure the salon you choose follows appropriate sanitizing techniques for foot baths and pedicure tools. (Check for a license posted in the salon from the state cosmetology board that certifies certain health standards have been met.)
  • Buy your feet a gift. Massagers, whirlpool foot baths, extra cushioned socks, padded foot mats and gel insoles all are great ways to increase the comfort level for your feet and also help combat fatigue and foot pain.
  • Inventory your shoes. Shoes that are worn out are more likely to result in an injury or foot pain. Examine your current shoe wardrobe and look for signs of wear: stretched out backs, holes, worn spots. Get rid of shoes that have any of these wear indicators. Before replacing with new shoes, have your foot professionally measured by a foot wear professional. Your shoe size may increase as you get older.
  • Schedule a podiatrist appointment. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and make sure that the holiday hustle and bustle hasn’t left you with an injury or new foot disorder. In addition, the foot doctor can make recommendations about shoe styles and fitness regimens that will best suit your feet. Contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment at: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Podiatrist  

How much do you know about this common condition? If you’re like many patients we see at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC you may have some misconceptions about varicose veins. Below, we will try to help set the record straight.

Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue.

FALSE: Varicose veins occur when the valve in a vein becomes weak. This can happen as a result of age, pregnancy or menopausal hormones, genetics or being overweight. With a weak valve, some of the blood that is getting pumped back to the heart may leak and then pool, forming the bulging vein. While varicose veins are often harmless, because they are associated with blood flow they should be checked by a doctor. In rare cases, veins can burst or blood clots or ulcers can develop.

The only symptoms of this disorder are bulging veins.

FALSE: While it’s true that for many people varicose veins are noticed only by appearance, they can cause discomfort. Pain, throbbing, swelling, burning and muscle cramping can all be caused by varicose veins. In addition, the skin around the vein may become red and itchy. These symptoms may get worse when you spend long hours on your feet.

There are self care methods to help alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins.

TRUE: There are several ways that patients can help keep varicose veins under control. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Changing your position frequently—avoiding long periods of sitting or standing
  • Not wearing very tight hose, socks or leggings
  • Putting your feet up at the end of the day

There’s nothing the podiatrist can do about varicose veins so it’s not worth making an appointment.

FALSE: If self care measures are not effective at relieving painful symptoms our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico may recommend compression stockings be worn. There are also minor surgical procedures available such as Sclerotherapy, which can collapse the vein with the defective valve. Your body will naturally reroute the flow of blood through veins that are functioning properly.

If you have additional questions about varicose veins contact our Pooler, GA office at: 912-330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: fracture  

You made a misstep off the curb a week or so ago and almost fell. Your forefoot hurt for a moment afterwards but you had errands to run and so you kept going—after all it wasn’t like you couldn’t walk on it. A few days later you notice that the top of your foot is hurting. The pain seems to come and go and so you put off calling the podiatrist. This is a common tale that we at The Foot & Ankle Center PC hear when we diagnose a patient with a stress fracture.

Stress Fracture vs. Full Break

A stress fracture is a tiny, hairline crack that develops in a bone. The bones of the forefoot are a location where stress fractures tend to occur more frequently. Unlike a traditional fracture, a stress fracture doesn’t go all the way through the bone. Consequently, the symptoms may be less intense and intermittent. Eventually, however, patients begin to experience an aching type of pain deep in the foot. It’s particularly noticeable with activity, hence another reason why more stress fractures occur during this hectic season.

Diagnosing the Fracture

In addition to prolonged pain, patients with a stress fracture may suffer swelling, redness and/or bruising at the site of the fracture. When the symptoms are severe enough, that’s when an appointment usually gets made. Once you are in our office in Pooler, GA, our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine the foot physically and then order x-rays or other imaging studies if necessary to confirm the stress fracture. The foot doctor will also question you to see if you have had an injury to the foot recently. It’s often only when asked by the doctor that patients will then remember a stumble or twist of the foot that happened previously.

It’s important to see the foot doctor and begin treatment as soon as possible, or you may be looking at a much longer recovery time and additional complications. If diagnosed early, a stress fracture can take four to six weeks to heal. During that time you will need to rest the foot as much as possible and the foot doctor may also want you to wear a cast boot.

If you suspect that you have injured your foot or have pain that is not going away, contact us sooner rather than later by calling: (912) 330–8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 06, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care
Tags: diabetes   ulcer  

If you’re a patient with diabetes you know firsthand the importance of detecting and treating any potential wound or symptom that could develop into an ulcer. But foot infections are a risk for patients who do not have diabetes or autoimmune diseases as well. Necrotising fasciitis (flesh eating virus) and vasculitic ulcers (caused by an inflammation of micro blood vessels in your lower legs and feet) are two examples of conditions that can result in wounds. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we believe in a whole body approach to health care. In addition to the medications and therapies the foot doctor prescribes, you can speed healing of wounds and infections by boosting your immune system through the foods you eat. Below are 5 foods to add to your menus:

Garlic—it’s not just in vampire movies that garlic wards off bad things. Turns out it is rich in antioxidants and also has chemicals which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Yogurt—if you choose brands that have live and active cultures you will be increasing the functionality and overall ability of your immune system. You’ll also get a shot of Vitamin D, another immune system booster.

Chicken—poultry contains two components that improve your body’s ability to fight infection. It is rich in zinc which can help produce new white blood cells and control inflammation, thereby increasing the efficiency of your immune response. It also contains iron, used to carry oxygen to your cells.

Kale—this leafy green is chock full of vitamin C. Long known as a defense against the common cold and other illnesses, vitamin C it turns out actually helps to replenish other antioxidants in your body as well.

Cauliflower—a vegetable rich in antioxidants in general, cauliflower has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. It contains glutathione, an antioxidant that is particularly known for fighting off infections and choline, a chemical that improves cell health.

If you believe you have a foot or other lower extremity infection your first step is to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment. Follow all the foot doctor’s instructions and do what you can to improve your immune response by eating the foods above, getting plenty of rest and keeping up your fluids.











 

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