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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 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
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. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we often see an increase in patient calls at this time of the year for foot pain. The excess time on your feet shopping for holiday gifts, food and decorations can take a toll on your feet. Oftentimes chronic foot problems flair up or first become really noticeable after periods of prolonged walking and standing. Some of the more common ones that we treat include:

Ingrown toenails—when toes are cramped together for long periods of time in narrow shoes or there is a sudden increase in the distance or speed of walking, the repeated pressure and pounding can create the perfect scenario for a nail to begin to grow down and into the nail bed.

Bunions—this toe deformity that causes the big toe joint to shift out of place will eventually cause a visible bump on the outside of the foot. Even before the bump becomes visible, however, you may experience pain from your shoes as they rub up against the joint and even develop blisters or corns as a result.

Heel pain—natural deterioration of the fat pad on the bottom of the feet can cause heel pain, especially if you’ve been walking for several hours. Cushioned socks and inserts for your shoes as well as shoes with thicker soles for increased shock absorption can help. If you have a tendency to overpronate or suffer from fallen arches, more time on your feet may increase heel pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

Ankle soreness—if you have sustained an ankle sprain or other injury in the past, running around the mall may leave you with an aching ankle at the end of the day. Wearing shoes with good support for your ankles and choosing lace up shoes over slip-on’s to minimize foot movement should help.

If holiday shopping has left you with hurting feet, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and determine if there is a chronic condition causing your foot discomfort. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   calluses  

For many women, wearing high heels does not cause immediate foot pain and therefore they fail to see the risk to the health of their feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, however, we witness every day the cumulative, long-term effects of wearing high heels. Below are some of the more common problems:

Chronic ankle pain/instability—wearing high heels, particularly thin or spiky heels has the effect on your feet of walking on stilts. High heels puts a strain on the muscles surrounding your ankles and creates a situation where those muscles and ligaments have to work extra hard just to keep you upright. Uneven pavement, cracks in the sidewalk and soft ground can cause your ankle to twist easily and result in a sprain. Continuing to wear high heels after an ankle sprain strains already damaged ligaments and muscles, making repeated injuries more likely and leading to a cycle that causes chronic weak ankles and pain.

Hammertoes—the elevation at the heel forces the toes forward and down and causes them to constantly push up against the front of the shoe. This can eventually result in the bending of one or more toes (particularly if you have one toe longer than the others) into the “hammer” shape that gives the deformity its name.

Bunions—in most high heel shoes the toe box is narrow. In addition to pushing toes down, toes are squeezed together and this pressure can hasten or worsen the development of a bunion. The big toe joint is encouraged to leave its normal place and the whole toe begins to move toward the center of the foot.

Calluses and Corns—when toe deformities such as hammertoes and bunions form, calluses and corns often follow. This is because now there is a part of the toe that is enlarged or out of normal position and therefore shoes, which are not designed to accommodate the change, begin to rub and put pressure on the deformity.  Corns and calluses form in response to that pressure, causing additional pain and discomfort.

If you are currently experiencing foot or toe pain or discomfort, it’s important to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office sooner rather than later. Most foot problems associated with high heels are progressive and will only get worse over time. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can help slow the progress and possibly even reverse the effects of the damage. 










 

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