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Posts for tag: Arthritis

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 02, 2018
Category: Joint Health
Tags: Arthritis  

Did you know that arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in our country? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we see many patients suffering from pain and stiffness in the joints of their ankles, feet, and toes. The good news is that there are many ways you can help reduce symptoms of arthritis. Below are 6 simple tips to try:

  1. Lose the high heels. A 3-inch heel stresses your foot 7 times more than a 1-inch heel. Do the math and you’ll see it’s not worth the extra heel height! High heels also strain your knees and may increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis in them down the road.
  2. Stretch it out. A simple way to keep joints flexible and improve range of motion is by stretching. Try a tai chi or Pilates class. Take breaks through the day to flex your feet and do ankle circles.
  3. Create a colorful plate. Adding a rainbow variety of vegetables and fruits to your meals will ensure you get the variety of nutrients your joints and bones need to be healthy. Many brightly colored vegetables like carotenoids (peppers, carrots) actually contain components known to reduce the inflammatory response in the body.
  4. Take a dive. Swimming and aquatic exercise programs are an excellent way to get aerobic exercise without putting stress on your joints.
  5. Broil, don’t fry. Fried foods are known to trigger inflammation. They also contain more fat and calories which could lead to weight gain and more strain on your feet.
  6. Have an orange break. Whether you choose juice or whole fruit, oranges are high in Vitamin C and other antioxidants which studies have shown can reduce your risk of osteoarthritis.

Joint disease can be complex. There are many different kinds of arthritis and sometimes joint pain, swelling and stiffness can be caused by a completely different disorder. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office if you are experiencing any joint discomfort in your feet. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and perform the necessary tests to make a definitive diagnosis. Contact us today at (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 20, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? You may not think about your feet much when it comes to choosing the foods you eat, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want patients to know that your diet can most definitely impact your podiatric health. Make the healthy choices below to improve foot health:

Build Strong Bones—your feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your body! That’s a good reason for ensuring that your diet contains an adequate amount of calcium. Calcium requirements vary depending on your age and sex, but your physician can tell you the amount to strive for. Food sources for calcium extend beyond the better-known dairy products of milk, yogurt, and cheese. Try adding swiss chard, almonds, tofu, dried figs, oranges, and products fortified with calcium to your diet to boost calcium in a variety of delicious ways.

Decrease Inflammation—cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower), fatty fish, dark leafy greens and many berries and fruits actually contain antioxidants and other nutrients that can reduce the inflammatory response in your body. This can help relieve or control symptoms of arthritis, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, tendonitis and other foot conditions that have pain and swelling associated with them due to inflammation.

Reduce the Risk of Foot Disorders—one way to reduce both the risk and severity of many feet and ankle problems is by maintaining a healthy weight or even taking off pounds if you are overweight. For example, for every pound you lose, you reduce the stress on your knee joints by four pounds. After all, your feet and ankles carry the weight of your entire body. It makes sense that the less you weigh the less pressure you are putting on your lower extremities. In addition, people who are not overweight are more likely to be physically active, which improves flexibility and range of motion in your feet.

Of course, food choices are just one part of caring for your feet. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office (912-330-8885) so our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can assess your condition and make the appropriate treatment recommendations.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

A condition that patients come to us with at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC that can be a little tricky to diagnose at first is tarsal tunnel syndrome. The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space on the inside of the ankle near the ankle bone that houses veins, arteries, tendons and nerves. When a nerve in the tunnel known as the posterior tibial nerve gets squeezed or compressed, it can result in pain and discomfort. The problem is that the pain can manifest in a number of different ways. Symptoms include tingling, burning or a feeling similar to an electrical shock, pain (at times shooting) and numbness. These symptoms may come on suddenly and can be felt on the inside of the ankle, the bottom of the foot or both. For some patients the sensations may be confined to one particular spot, while in others they may include the toes, arch, heel and calf. Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome are often related to overuse—beginning a new exercise program or increasing the intensity of an existing one; prolonged periods of standing or walking. Other causes include:

  • Flat feet
  • Another structure in the tunnel that has become enlarged and is compressing the nerve, such as a cyst or varicose vein
  • Disease such as arthritis or diabetes that are associated with swelling
  • An ankle injury

Getting Relief from Nerve Pain

Once our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, diagnoses tarsal tunnel syndrome there are several treatment options available. Conservative measures include:

  • Resting the injured foot to allow for healing and prevent further damage
  • Oral or injection medications to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Icing the painful area
  • Immobilizing the foot with a cast
  • Custom orthotic inserts to give arch support and reduce pressure on the nerve
  • Physical therapy to alleviate symptoms
  • Bracing

In some cases a surgery to relieve the compression is the best way to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome. Your foot doctor will review treatment options with you and determine the best plan for you. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel symptoms, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment today by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Arthritis   diabetes  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we are sometimes surprised about the misconceptions that patients have about the foot doctor and podiatric care. Below are some, perhaps surprising, answers to the question, did you know:

  • Your podiatrist is concerned with more than just your feet. As the old song goes, “the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone, etc.” Problems with your calves, shins, knees and ankles are all part of podiatric care. In the case of many disorders, one part of your lower extremity affects another. In addition, your podiatrist can diagnose other serious and systemic medical problems such as melanoma or other skin cancers, peripheral artery disease, psoriasis, diabetes and arthritis by symptoms that appear in your feet and ankles.
  • We want to treat your warts, ingrown toenails and athlete’s foot. Many patients feel these conditions are too insignificant to bother the foot doctor about but all too often we see cases where a common condition that could have been easily treated has now progressed to a stage where it’s infected and actually interfering in a person’s daily life. Worse still is when patients try “folk remedies” or “bathroom surgeries” and end up creating a much worse situation.
  • We are not offended by smelly feet. Yes, we hope you wash your feet before you come and are wearing clean socks but we know feet smell! In fact, if your feet have a particularly bad odor on a daily basis it may be a sign of medical condition that we can treat.
  • We do surgery. Even though many of the treatments we prescribe are non-invasive and you may primarily associate us with in-office care, we are highly trained surgeons who specialize in feet. Many conditions such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, plantar fibromas, heel spurs and more may best be relieved by a surgical procedure which we can do in a surgical center or hospital.

We want our patients to feel comfortable bringing their feet and lower extremity issues to us without embarrassment. If you notice any unusual changes in your feet or toes or are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and start you on the correct treatment.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Arthritis   Osteoporosis  

Did you know that nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet? These, along with the 33 joints it takes to move them, are good reasons for us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC to recognize Bone and Joint Health Awareness Week, which takes place from October 12-20. Although there are conditions and diseases that can impede proper bone and joint function and cannot be prevented, there are many things that patients can do to protect joints and bones. Below are some of our top tips:

  1. Don’t ignore pain or stiffness. If you begin to notice that you are having discomfort in any of the bones or joints in your feet or ankles, don’t put off contacting our Pooler, GA office for an appointment. In many cases, particularly when dealing with joints and bones, continuing to walk and bear weight on them when in pain can increase damage and result in long term disability.
  2. Wear shoes that are appropriate for sports and fitness activities. Having shoes designed for the sport you are playing and making sure that they are fitted properly will go a long way to prevent bone and joint crippling injuries. In many cases, injured joints become sites for arthritis later in life. Be sure to replace athletic shoes when they show signs of wear.
  3. Incorporate weight bearing exercise into your daily routine. Whatever your preferred fitness activity, including weight bearing exercises will help increase bone strength.
  4. Include plenty of calcium in your diet. Another way to help build bone strength and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis is by ensuring you take in the right amount of calcium for your age and sex (your doctor can advise you on the amount you need). In addition to well-known sources, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products, you can find calcium in certain fish (sardines, salmon), leafy greens such as bok choy and broccoli and nuts.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese puts excess strain on foot joints and bones. Avoiding sugars, processed and fried foods is doubly helpful because in addition to helping with weight control, these foods are known to cause an inflammatory response which can cause pain and stiffness in the joints.

If you have any questions or concerns about your bone and joints, don’t hesitate to contact The Foot & Ankle Center, PC for a proper diagnosis by our podiatrist Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. You will receive high quality individualized treatments to help you improve your foot health!


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