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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC Leonard M. Talarico
January 26, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   senior  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we provide foot health care for patients of all ages. While there are many core components of a good foot care regimen that are common to everyone, each age and stage has its own particular podiatric concerns. Below are some tips addressed to our senior patients and those who care for them:

1.Make good footwear a priority. Well made, properly fitting shoes are important for everyone, but for seniors, your shoes contribute significantly to several foot health concerns. As you age, the pads on your feet naturally deteriorate, resulting in pain in the bottom of your feet. Shoes with thicker soles can help provide extra cushioning to compensate for the natural pad that is diminishing. Balance is also critical in preventing falls and shoes that lace up (rather than slip on) and fit snugly around the heel can have a positive impact on balance.

2.Maintain a self-care regimen. While cleaning your feet daily, inspect them for changes that may indicate a foot problem. Swelling, bruising, redness, skin flaking or rashes, lumps and nail discoloration may point to a developing disorder. Keep our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, informed of any significant changes or new foot pain. Use a moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin. If you tend to sweat excessively on your feet, apply foot powder before putting on your socks.

3.Stay current with other medical checkups. We believe in a total body approach to health care. Failing eyesight can increase your risk of falls and ankle sprains. Diabetes can cause neuropathy in your feet and decreased circulation. It’s important to follow all your doctors’ instructions because the health of one part of your body affects the rest of your body as well.

4.Live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight have a direct correlation with foot health—avoiding excess strain to the bones and joints of your feet and increasing flexibility and range of motion.

Being proactive in the care of your feet (and the rest of your body) will go a long way to ensuring that you can continue to live the active life you love. If you have any concerns or questions regarding foot health and how to prevent foot disorders, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 17, 2018
Category: Ankle Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Recent cold days have brought some occasional slippery conditions to West Chatham County. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we thought this might be a good time to remind patients to take the necessary precautions to prevent ankle twisting injuries. When your ankle turns or gives way, the excessive force of the twist can overstretch or even tear ligaments in the outer ankle. This is the definition of an ankle sprain. Sprains can be of varying severity, but all sprains should receive medical attention.

Signs of an ankle sprain include pain, bruising at the site, and swelling. Being able to bear weight on your ankle is not necessarily a sign that it is okay. If you even suspect that you may have sprained your ankle, it’s important that you contact our Pooler, GA office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can examine your ankle and prescribe the correct treatment right away. Without prompt and complete rehabilitation, an ankle is unlikely to heal fully and repeated sprains are more likely.

Of course, the best scenario is not spraining your ankle in the first place. Keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent ankle injuries:

  • When the ground is wet, icy, or slippery, wear shoes that are appropriate for the conditions. Low or no heels and a good tread that helps grip the pavement are essential. Don’t make the mistake of just “running out for one thing” in heels or unstable shoes when ice is present. Failing to take a few minutes to change your shoes could result in a long-term disability.
  • Always look ahead when you are walking. Objects in your path, black ice, changing pavement heights, curbs and broken sidewalks are all primary twisting hazards.
  • Don’t carry so many bags that you can’t see what’s in front of you.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain strength and flexibility in your ankle and overall good balance.
  • Take care of any foot pain or other discomforts. In many instances, foot pain will cause you to alter the way you walk which can throw off your balance and lead to a fall. Make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

It’s the time of the year when The Foot & Ankle Center, PC sees an uptick in the number of patients with Achilles tendon problems. Why? The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue that runs down the back of your lower leg connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. Although it is one of the strongest tendons in your body, it is also one of the most frequently injured. The most common cause of Achilles tendon conditions is sudden, rapid increase in the use of this tendon—as happens during walking, running or other physical exercise. People who want to jump start their New Year’s resolution to get in shape and are doing too much too soon are at risk for injuring their Achilles tendons.

Signs that You’ve Gone Too Far

Achilles tendon disorders fall into two categories: aggravation and rupture. When the tendon has become inflamed, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Pain and soreness—this can take the form of aching, tenderness or stiffness anywhere along the tendon. The pain may be most severe when you first get up in the morning or after resting your leg. It can come and go, getting better with moderate activity but worse with exercise.
  • Tenderness to the touch—when you squeeze the side of the tendon it will feel tender and sometimes even extremely painful.
  • A sluggish feeling in your leg—general fatigue and tiredness in the tendon.
  • Enlargement—left untreated, the tendon may swell and even develop nodules in areas of damaged tissue.

A rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon and is usually associated with a specific moment like a strong push off in running, a forceful jump, or pivot on your foot. At the time that a rupture occurs, you may experience a sudden sharp pain in the back of your ankle or calf and perhaps experience a snapping or popping sensation. The back of your lower leg may swell and it will be difficult to walk, particularly up hill.

Prevention Pointers

The best way to prevent an Achilles tendon injury when starting any activity is by increasing both intensity and duration slowly and gradually. Always stretch your calf muscles before and after exercise and if you feel pain—stop! Make an appointment out our Pooler, GA office (912-330-8885) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can assess the condition of your Achilles tendon and make the appropriate recommendations to heal and/or prevent further damage.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Have you finished making your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to encourage our patients to put improving the health of your feet on your list. Below are some of our top picks for podiatric resolutions:

  1. Eat sensibly and exercise regularly. Perhaps you’re already making this resolution and if so, know that you’ll be helping your feet as well as the rest of your body. The risk for many foot conditions is greatly increased if you are overweight. Excess weight puts extra strain on your feet, ankles and knees. Exercise, in addition to helping keep your weight under control, also helps with circulation and the good physical condition of your feet.
  2. Buy better shoes. Nothing impacts the well being of your feet and ankles more than your choice of shoes. Good arch support can help protect against heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Ankle sprains and chronic weakness can be reduced with firm ankle support. Don’t assume you know your shoe size. Get measured by a footwear professional and keep in mind that different brands may be sized slightly differently. Always try shoes on both feet and walk around in the store for enough time to ensure that they do not pinch or rub anywhere on your feet.
  3. Start a foot care regimen. This should include daily cleaning and moisturizing of your feet, and applying foot powder if you tend to perspire heavily. Nails should be trimmed regularly (straight across and not too short to help avoid ingrown toenails). While you are caring for your feet, look them over. If you notice anything unusual—bruising, swelling, lumps or growths, redness, sores that don’t seem to be healing, or changes in color or size, let our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, know right away.
  4. Don’t ignore foot pain. Many patients have lived to regret putting off getting treatment for a foot condition when they felt the first signs of discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office promptly by calling: (912) 330-8885. 










 

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