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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

Getting a professional pedicure is a treat many of our patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC enjoy. The risk for foot and toenail infections, however, can be great if the proper precautions are not taken. Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and other bacterial and viral infections are spread by direct contact. Take the following steps to protect your feet and nails at the salon:

  • Check that the salon you are using is licensed by the state cosmetology board or health department. A certificate showing that the salon has met the appropriate standards should be prominently displayed.
  • Be sure proper sanitation procedures are being used on clippers, cuticle trimmers, and other tools used on your feet. Tools should be taken from a sanitizing machine or liquid or individually wrapped. Better yet, bring your own tools.
  • Don’t shave your legs for 24 hours before getting a salon pedicure. Tiny, microscopic cuts in the skin caused by shaving can provide an entry point for bacteria and allow an infection to develop.
  • Don’t walk barefoot in the salon. Bring your own flip flops and wear them when walking to and from the pedicure chair.
  • Be sure whirlpool baths are washed thoroughly between clients or that a disposable, plastic insert is used and replaced after each customer.
  • Don’t allow the staff to use a razor on your foot to remove calluses. It’s best to have cuticles gently pushed back and not cut as well.
  • Check the overall condition of the salon. Is the floor swept? Is the bathroom clean? Are towels or seats stained? Are the hands and nails of the cosmetologists clean? If you have a sense that salon is not up to par in the cleanliness department, go someplace else for your pedicure.

Learn to recognize the signs of fungal and bacterial foot infections. Red, itchy, rashes on the skin and nails that are discolored, chipping away or thickening are signs that you need to make an appointment at our Pooler, Georgia office (912-330–8885) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can take a look and prescribe the proper treatment if you do have an infection.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 08, 2018
Category: Toenail Fungus

At this time of the year your feet may not be out in the open and on display, but in a few short months, it will be time for open-toed shoes and sandals. Don’t let unsightly fungal toenails make you embarrassed to show your feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat many patients with this common infection.

Signs and Symptoms

At first, a fungal nail may not be an obvious cause for concern. You may not feel any pain or discomfort. Over time, you will notice the nail becoming darker and discolored. The nail may thicken and debris will collect under the nail plate. Often times, fungal nail infections will lead to a secondary bacterial or yeast infection which will be painful and cause the nail to emit a foul odor. Those who have an immune-deficiency condition or chronic diseases such as diabetes or circulatory problems are more susceptible to fungal nail infections, as are those with a history of athlete’s foot.

Avoiding Infection

Fortunately, there are steps you can take that will help prevent toenail fungus. These include:

  1. Keep feet dry. Change socks whenever you notice that they are damp.
  2. Use shower shoes in public places like community pools, nail salons, gyms and changing areas at the beach.
  3. Don’t wear socks, hosiery or shoes that are too tight.
  4. Apply a talcum-based foot powder each morning.
  5. Trim nails straight across and do not allow the nail to extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  6. Disinfect home pedicure tools and only use professional salons that follow proper sanitizing procedures for foot baths and tools or bring your own tools.

In addition, develop a good foot hygiene routine. Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap. Dry completely. Use this opportunity to inspect your feet and look for any signs of fungal nails or other abnormal changes in your feet, skin or nails. These should be reported to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, so he can evaluate them and determine if treatment is needed. Ask the foot doctor about other ways that you can be proactive in caring for your feet. Contact our Pooler, Georgia office at (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
September 07, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete’s foot is a common and often annoying fungal infection that causes red, itchy, burning skin that’s dry and scaly between the toes and on the tops, bottoms and sides of the feet. It’s common among children and teens, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we see plenty of cases in adults too. Athlete’s foot is spread by coming in direct contact with the fungi that cause the infection. That means there are steps you can take to prevent, or at least greatly reduce your chances of getting it. These include:

  1. Do not walk barefoot in public places, particularly those that are damp and humid such as community pools, gym showers and locker rooms.
  2. Wear absorbent socks and change them frequently if you tend to sweat excessively.
  3. Do not wear other people’s socks or shoes and avoid using towels, nail clippers, emery boards or any other items that may have touched someone else’s feet first.
  4. Keep feet dry by using a talcum powder each morning.
  5. Choose shoes that are made of natural, breathable materials that allow air to circulate.
  6. Wash your feet in warm water and a mild soap each night. Dry thoroughly, paying particular attention to the area between your toes.

Don’t Wait to Get Treatment

If, despite your best efforts to avoid athlete’s foot, you think you may have it, contact our Pooler office sooner rather than later. As athlete’s foot progresses, blisters may form and skin can crack. This opens up the door for infection. The fungal infection can also spread to other parts of your body, including your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine the skin on your foot and determine the cause of the inflammation. Sometimes other foot disorders will have similar symptoms to athlete’s foot. Proper diagnosis is important to ensure that the correct treatment is prescribed. For athlete’s foot, there are both topical and oral medications available and the foot doctor will choose the one the will most effectively treat your infection.

Contact our Pooler, GA  office for an appointment by calling us at: (912) 330-8885.

 
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Hard to believe but it’s back to school time once again here in West Chatham County. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know that getting new shoes to start the new school year is more than just a family tradition. Well-made, properly fitting shoes are one of the most important elements of good foot health. Below are some tips to help you make the best choice for your children:

Do: get your children’s feet professionally measured. Measuring should be done for each foot with the child standing and bearing full weight on the foot. 

Don’t: buy shoes for your child without them. Even once you know the correct size, it’s essential that your child try on the shoes and walk around the store for awhile in them to make sure they are comfortable and that there are no areas that rub or squeeze the foot. 

Don’t: use hand me down shoes for children. Once worn, shoes conform to the shape and gait of the wearer, making them unsuitable for a different wearer. There is also a chance of passing on athlete’s foot or another fungal infection by sharing shoes.

Do: shop at the end of the day. After walking and being on them all day, feet will be at their most swollen and largest. This will avoid buying shoes that feel fine in the store but then are “tight” after your child starts wearing them.

Do: have your child wear the type of socks he or she will be wearing with the shoes you are buying. This will help ensure the correct fit.

Do: inspect the shoes for quality. A few things to look for are: a firm heel counter (you should not be able to squeeze the backs of the heel together), flexibility in the front of the shoe so that it bends as your child’s foot does when walking and a rigid middle (you should not be able to twist the shoe in the center).

Don’t: forget to inspect sport shoes as well. Not only may your child’s foot size have changed over the summer, shoes may show signs of wear and should be discarded if they are stretched out or have any rips or other damaged areas.

It’s also a good idea to get any foot concerns checked by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, before going back to school. Contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885.










 

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