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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.

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. 
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Do’s and Don’ts for Slippery Conditions

Luckily, here in Pooler, GA we don’t get as much snow and ice as our friends up north but that’s also partly why we see so many fall injuries at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC when the roads get a little slick—we are not used to dealing with slippery surfaces. When we do get one of those days when a wintry mix is falling, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind to help you avoid a dangerous winter spill:

Do: keep you hands free—if they are shoved in your pockets to
keep warm or carrying packages you will not have them
available to help maintain your balance or
break a fall if you do start to go down.

Don’t: automatically choose your usual route—look to
see which path into your office, store or home is
least covered in ice or snow and pick the clearest way in.

Do: leave yourself extra time to get where you’re going. If you’re rushing that means you’re not taking the time to look down and pay attention to the parking lot and sidewalk condition. Trying to move in a hurry will cause you to lose your balance. Be a few minutes late and avoid the ankle sprain!

Do: wear shoes with waffled or textured soles for better traction. Carry your work or party shoes and change when you get inside.

Don’t: be afraid to ask for help. A steadying arm as you cross the parking lot or help carrying packages can help you safely get where you’re going.

Do: check hallways and stairs once you’re inside a public place. Others coming in before you may have tracked in snow or slush creating a slick surface inside.

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in slippery weather. If you do fall or twist your ankle, watch for swelling and bruising which, along with pain, are signs of a sprain. Contact our office at 912-330-8885 for an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to get your ankle evaluated and treated if necessary.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Stiletto heels and pointed toes have been fashionable since the 1950’s and are still considered design elements of some of the most beautiful and complimentary shoes for women today. Unfortunately, these types of shoes are also responsible for many common and painful foot problems that we see at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC. High heels create an unstable situation for ankles and also force the toes forward into the front of the shoes. Narrow toe boxes that squeeze the toes can cause them to move out of position and press toenails into the skin. This can result in several conditions, including:

If you can’t resist this fashionable footwear, at least try to limit the amount of time you spend wearing this type of shoe and be sure that the shoes you wear most often fit well and don’t put strain on your ankles and toes.

Getting a Good Fit

Below are a few shoe shopping tips to help ensure the shoes you purchase won’t hurt your feet:

  • Start by coming into our Pooler office for a foot exam by our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The podiatrist will be able to detect toe deformities, pronation issues, flatfeet and other conditions that can be relieved (or made worse) by your shoe choices. If necessary, the foot doctor can prescribe an orthotic device to wear in your shoes to help shift pressure or correct the position of your foot to relieve certain conditions.
  • Get your foot professionally measured. Feet change size over time. Be sure to get both feet measured as most people have one foot that is larger than the other. Always buy shoes to fit your largest feet.
  • Shop at the end of the day—that’s when feet are at their largest.
  • Look for lower heels (1 inch or less) and roomy toe boxes. Check for loose stitching or rough spots inside the shoe that could cause blisters.
  • Try on both shoes in the store and take your time walking around to make sure they are comfortable and don’t rub anywhere. There is no such thing as “breaking in” shoes—they should fit properly from the time you walk out the store.
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In the long run, you’ll be glad you sacrificed fashion for good foot health! If you have other questions about proper footwear, contact us at (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 13, 2016
Category: Foot Facts
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we frequently treat patients with ankle sprains. We find, however, that much misinformation exists about this common injury which can harm patients if it keeps them getting prompt medical treatment. See how much you know about ankle sprains with the True/False statements below:

An ankle sprain happens when the muscles around your ankle get injured.

FALSE: A strain involves muscles. A sprain occurs when the ligaments in your ankle (those bands of tissue that connect bone to bone or joint to joint) gets overstretched, partially or completely torn.

Usually it requires a pretty severe injury to cause an ankle sprain.

FALSE: While many ankle sprains do occur on sports fields and from fall accidents, some happen with seemingly minor incidents: a missed step, landing on your ankle the wrong way coming down from a Frisbee catch or just walking on uneven pavement.

Bruising, swelling and pain are all symptoms of a sprain.

TRUE: Although you may or may not have all of these symptoms depending on the severity of the sprain. Some of these symptoms are also present in the case of a fracture. That’s why our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, may order an x-ray of your ankle to see if is broken. Sometimes a sprain and fracture occur simultaneously.

If an ankle sprain doesn’t seem too much you can just treat it yourself.

FALSE: All ankle sprains should be evaluated by the foot doctor. Full rehabilitation often depends on starting physical therapy promptly. You can follow the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression and elevation until the time of your appointment.

Once the pain is gone, you can discontinue physical therapy.

FALSE: To help prevent future sprains it is necessary for the ankle to heal completely and for the muscles that support the ankle to be strengthened to provide the necessary support for the ligaments. Once you’ve had a sprain you are more likely to sprain your ankle again if you do not follow the podiatrist treatment plan all the way through.

You can help prevent ankle sprains.

TRUE: Wearing supportive and properly fitting shoes, warming up before fitness activities with stretching and engaging in exercise that promotes balance and flexibility can all help lessen your chances of spraining an ankle.

If you believe you have injured your ankle, contact our Pooler office for an appointment as soon as possible by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.










 

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