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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care

A sensitive subject that can be difficult for patients to discuss is alcohol abuse and addiction. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we have extra concerns about this particular issue because it can pose a serious medical threat to your feet and lower extremities.

What’s the Connection?

One of the unfortunate consequences of chronic alcohol abuse is alcoholic neuropathy. The ethanol in alcohol damages the nerve tissue in the body. This can be compounded by poor nutrition, another condition frequently associated with alcoholism. The result is pain, weakness, tingling, numbness, or loss of sensation in your feet. This damage can become permanent if left untreated. Loss of feeling in your feet makes it difficult to detect wounds and injuries. These can become infected and difficult to heal, especially if there are any issues with circulation.

Treatment

There are several treatment options available that can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy and even help restore sensation and heal nerve damage. The first step, however, is treating the alcoholism. We urge any patients who are struggling with this disease to feel confident in talking to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, about this problem. Our foot doctor will keep all information confidential and can direct you to resources and the help you need to overcome the addiction.

Taking Safe Steps

To best ensure that no harm comes to your feet from the neuropathy, it’s suggested that you follow these precautions:

  • Don’t go barefoot. Even when you are walking around in your own home it’s best to wear shoes. Sharp objects such as thumbtacks or straight pins can cause a wound that you may not even feel and lead to a serious infection. Injuries are also more likely to occur such as stubbing your toe on a piece of furniture. In addition, keeping feet covered will prevent them from coming in contact with bacterial and fungal infections which can also lead to open sores on your feet.
  • Test water temperature with your hand or elbow or ask someone else to check it for you. Also, avoid using electric blankets or space heaters near your feet—you may not be able to gauge how hot they are and end up burning your feet.
  • Periodically run your hand around the inside of your shoes to make sure there are no rough patches or loose stitching that can cause blisters.
  • Get in the habit of inspecting your feet on a daily basis. If you spot cuts, redness, swelling, or other unusual symptoms, contact our Pooler, Georgia office immediately by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

April is Foot Health Awareness Month and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to let our patients know that healthy feet don’t happen by accident. There are many ways to be proactive about the care of your feet that are not difficult or time-consuming. Below are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your feet and ankles remain in tip-top condition:

  1. Get in the habit of examining your feet on a regular basis. Look for changes in color or temperature. Pay attention to peeling or cracking skin, blisters, or changes in toenails such as thickening or discoloration as these could all be signs of a fungal infection. Monitor moles for differences in appearance and note any growths on your feet or deformities developing in toes. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can greatly reduce the severity of foot problems.
  2. Clean your feet every day with soap and water and dry completely, paying particular attention to the space between your toes.
  3. Keep nails trimmed straight across, not too short and with no cut or curved corners which can lead to ingrown toenails.
  4. If you have diabetes, leave all care of nails and feet that require cutting to a professional to limit the risk of wounds. Schedule regular checkups with the podiatrist to monitor your condition.
  5. Buy shoes that are the right size (get professionally measured) and that are no higher than 2 inches in the heel. Be sure the toe box is not too narrow. Squeezing toes together can cause bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities to develop.
  6. Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. Sports shoes are designed for the movement a particular sport requires of your feet and ankles.
  7. Avoid going barefoot, even at home. This will reduce the risk of injury and puncture wounds.
  8. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet when at the beach or pool or even when you are wearing open shoes and will be outside for long hours at a time.
  9. Alternate your shoes.
  10. If you are experiencing any foot pain or discomfort, contact our Pooler, Georgia office as soon as possible by calling: (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can examine and treat your foot ailment promptly. Foot pain is never normal and should not be ignored.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 11, 2018
Category: Ingrown toenails
Tags: ingrown toenail  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we often see foot conditions that are far worse than they need to be because patients attempted to treat themselves using “folk remedies.” One in particular that seems to have a lot of false information surrounding it is the ingrown toenail. There are several possible causes for this condition, including:

  • Trauma—stubbing your toe or having a heavy object fall on it can force a nail to grow inward
  • Heredity—the tendency toward ingrown nails can be genetic
  • Tight shoes and socks—footwear that squeezes the toes together can increase the likelihood of an ingrown nail
  • Poor nail care—toenails need to be cut straight across with no rounded edges and not so short that the corners are easily covered by the skin surrounding the nail
  • Other nail problems—certain conditions such as fungal infections can increase the risk of nails becoming ingrown

Chances are, if a toenail is ingrown you’ll know it. The skin around the ingrown nail will usually get red and very tender. It can also become swollen and hot and rather painful. In some cases, bacteria may enter the opening made by the nail into the skin and cause an infection.

If this occurs, you should contact our podiatry office in Pooler, GA by calling: (912) 330–8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, may suggest that you soak the nail in warm water several times a day and gently try to massage the nail out of the skin. In more severe cases, a minor surgical procedure (done in office) can remove the part of the nail that is ingrown.  

Do not try any of these so-called remedies:

  • Placing a cotton ball under the nail. This provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow and develop an infection in your toe. It will not reduce the pain.
  • Cutting a notch in the nail. Popular myth says this reduces the tendency for the nail to curve downward. Not only does it not, it often results in a bad cut and infection that is more debilitating than the ingrown nail.
  • Repeatedly trimming nail borders. This will not change the way the nail grows and actually increases the chances of it growing inwardly.

Your best bet is to leave the medical treatment to the professionals.


By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 04, 2018
Category: Injury Prevention

It’s a new season and that means new sports for children and adults as well as changes in fitness routines. Here at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to see that our patients get off on the right foot. Below are a few simple steps will help you prevent sports injuries and hit your stride early in the season:

  1. Assess your fitness level. Be honest: have you or your children spent the winter months in a more sedentary fashion? If yes, then it’s important to prep for the upcoming sports season by getting muscles warmed up. Before practices begin or you start a new running program, spend some time walking, stretching and just generally being more active. Injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and even stress fractures in the foot are often the result of a sudden increase in activity and strain on the feet and ankles.
  2. Examine your shoes. For children, it’s inevitable that the pair of shoes they used for softball or tennis last year is not going to fit this year. For adults, you should inspect the tread of your shoes and look for any tears or rough spots. Shoes that are overly flexible (able to bend completely in half or twist all the way around) will not support your foot and need to be replaced.
  3. Deal with chronic foot problems. If you have bunions, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle instability, or another ongoing foot issue, have your foot examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, before starting a new exercise activity or sport. The foot doctor will check to see if a chronic foot condition has progressed and also be able to make recommendations about shoes or custom orthotics that may increase comfort and performance.
  4. Choose the right program. Make sure that the program you or your child is embarking on follows sound exercise principles and safe training protocols. There should be warm-ups and stretching before and after activity. Workouts can be challenging but not push a person to the point where they are in pain or at risk of injury. Inspect field, court or other surfaces where the activity will take place and speak up about repairs necessary to prevent trips, falls and ankle sprains.

If, as you start a new sport or fitness plan, you experience recurring pain or other symptoms, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.











 

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