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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: blister  

There’s nothing like a tropical vacation to chase away the mid-winter blues. Turquoise waves, sunshine, and sand—the perfect combination for a relaxing getaway. Unless that is, one these vacation killers attack your feet and turns your dream vacation into a nightmare. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’ve heard horror stories from our patients and want to offer some tips on how to steer clear of these 3 vacation killers:

The Infected Blister—you packed your strappy sandals and flip-flops and your spiky heels for dancing at the club, but which of these will you choose for the unplanned all-afternoon shopping excursion? You’re midway through the outing and what started out as a sore spot is a full-size blister. Later in your trip, it pops and a few swims in the resort pool have landed you a nasty infection—not the souvenir you were hoping for!

Avoid it: always pack at least one comfortable pair of walking shoes. Better yet, wear them on travel day. Not only will they get you more easily and swiftly from one concourse to another at the airport, you’ll also have them for any walking you must do on the trip. Remember a pocket pack of moleskin as well—placed on a sore spot it can prevent a blister from forming. Note: if you do think you have a foot infection, make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office when you return so our podiatrist Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can examine your foot and be sure it is healing properly.

The “I Didn’t See (Hidden Object) on the Beach” Cut—you set off for a walk on the beach, the sand squishing between your toes. It feels great until you feel a searing pain in the bottom of your foot. You’ve found a piece of glass hidden in the soft sands or maybe it’s a jellyfish washed up on the shore that still has a stinger intact.

Avoid it: Flip flops or water shoes are a good call for beach walks. Packing minor first aid supplies like antibacterial ointment and bandages can also help you treat minor injuries.

Crispy Dogs Syndrome—oh that sun feels so good! You lay out on the beach all day and that night you can’t even put your sandals on because the tops of your feet are burnt so badly. The next day is spent staring at paradise through your hotel window until the burn simmers down and you can put on shoes and walk again.

Avoid it: Apply sunscreen to the tops (and bottoms if exposed) of your feet. Re-apply every few hours. Water and sweat will wash it away. Try to avoid being out in the sun during the hottest times of 12-2 p.m.

If you have any questions about existing conditions before you leave for a vacation, contact us by calling: (912) 330-8885.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 14, 2018

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we treat patients of all ages. One group that has its own unique conditions and concerns are children. Children are very active, not always very concerned with good hygiene, and their feet are growing and developing rapidly. These characteristics make them more prone to these specific foot health issues:

Plantar Wart—caused by the human papilloma virus, these warts usually develop on the bottom of the foot. You may not notice a wart in this location until your child begins to complain of pain in the foot. Plantar warts grow deep into the skin and can make it uncomfortable for your child to walk or stand. Warts (along with athlete’s foot and fungal infections) are spread by direct contact. Encourage your child not to go barefoot (especially in public places) and not to share shoes, socks, towels and other items that touch another child’s feet.

Ingrown Toenails—children tend to peel the tips of their toenails off rather than wait for a parent to trim them. This can result in a nail that starts to grow down and into the skin. Children’s feet grow very fast and often times they may be wearing shoes that are too tight for a while before a parent realizes they need a bigger size. This squeezing together of the toes also increases the risk for ingrown nails. If the nail actually breaks the skin an infection can develop.

Pediatric Flatfoot—when children are toddlers and first begin to walk, the arch of their foot is not always obvious due to baby fat. In young children, an arch should be visible but flat feet can be difficult for a parent to detect. An awkward appearance when your child runs or walks may be a tip-off as well as complaints of cramping or pain in their feet, knees or legs.

Sever’s Disease—not actually a disease at all but rather a painful inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel. Sever’s disease most often affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 and can be caused when there is excessive and repetitive stress on the heel from sports or other activities.

“Growing pains” are a myth and no pain in the foot is normal. If your child says they have pain in their feet or ankles or you notice them limping, walking strangely or not wanting to participate in physical activities, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will diagnose the problem and prescribe the correct treatment to get your child back to the active life they love.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 08, 2018
Category: Podiatric Medicine

You may not have ever thought about the total scope of what your podiatrist can do but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want our patients to be aware of all the services we can provide. First off, our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine—that’s what the DPM after a podiatrist’s name stands for. To earn that designation, a podiatrist must attend both undergraduate and graduate medical school and also do a 2-3 year residency in the field of podiatric medicine. To be licensed to practice, a podiatrist must also pass state and national exams. In fact, your podiatrist undergoes the same amount of training as any other doctor, except podiatrists focus solely on the anatomy, systems, diseases, deformities and proper functioning of the foot, ankle and lower extremities. Some podiatrists also choose to undergo additional training and testing to become board certified for surgery or other specialties.

What it Means for You

You are most likely aware that the podiatrist can treat common foot conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, warts and athlete’s foot. Other areas the podiatrist handles include:

  • Diagnose and treat tumors, skin and nail diseases, ulcers, plantar fasciitis, deformities and any disorder that has to do with the lower extremities including calves, ankles, toes, and feet.
  • Set fractures and treat sprains.
  • Perform surgeries to correct bunions, hammertoes, torn ligaments, and tendons, ruptured Achilles, claw toes, fractures and joint problems.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures such as digital x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, lab tests and nerve conductivity tests.
  • Prescribe medications and therapies.
  • Educate patients on how to prevent foot problems.
  • Consult with other physicians and help coordinate care of systemic conditions that affect the feet such as diabetes and arthritis.
  • Fit patients with custom orthotic devices and make recommendations on shoe designs that will accommodate individual foot deformities.

Now that you have a better idea of all that your podiatrist can do, feel free to contact our Pooler, GA office by calling (912) 330-8885 with any questions you might have or to make an appointment for a consultation. 











 

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