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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 01, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care

If you or someone you love is diabetic you are probably well aware of issues associated with the disease that can impact the health of your feet: neuropathy or decreased sensation can make it difficult to perceive pain or irritation that can signal a wound, and poor circulation can impede the healing process. You can, however, take steps that will significantly decrease your risk of foot complications associated with diabetes. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’d like to suggest the following tips in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month:

  1. Get in the habit of checking your feet daily. Report any changes in color, size, shape, or unusual bruising, skin rashes, redness or bumps to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, right away. Sometimes, due to decreased circulation, the first sign of an irritation that can develop into a wound is visual.
  2. Avoid going barefoot. Even if you are home, walking barefoot greatly increases your risk of stepping on a sharp object or injuring your foot by banging it or dropping something on it. At the gym or community pool, wear flip flops or shower shoes to avoid direct contact with surfaces that may harbor fungi or bacteria that can cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails or other infectious conditions.
  3. Don’t smoke. Smoking has a negative effect on your circulation. With your feet being the part of your body that is furthest from your heart, they are also the most impacted by circulatory issues.
  4. Choose shoes that have plenty of room for your toes. This will help prevent ingrown toenails and toe deformities such as bunions. Inspect your shoes periodically to make sure they are not wearing out to prevent tripping injuries. Also, check the inside of your shoes for rough spots, loose eyelets, etc. that could rub and cause irritation to the skin.
  5. Keep feet dry. If you tend to sweat excessively, plan to change your socks multiple times throughout the day. This will help prevent fungal infections from developing. You can also use a foot powder in the morning before putting on your socks.

Your podiatrist is your partner in managing your diabetes and how it affects your feet. Regular appointments with the foot doctor should be part of your health plan. To learn more, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 01, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Your nerves are responsible for carrying sensory information to the brain. Nerves report to the brain sensations of pain, temperature and touch. From the brain, nerves carry messages to the muscles instructing them how to move and react. If these lines of communication are disrupted, a number of difficulties can occur. Here are some signs that you may be experiencing neuropathy:

  • Burning, shooting or stabbing pain in your feet

  • Pain in your feet or ankles at night

  • Tingling sensation in your feet or a feeling like pins and needles

  • Feet feel numb

  • Inability to perceive pain when foot is injured

  • Difficulty feeling heat or cold in the feet or feet feel excessively hot or cold

  • Muscle weakness in legs and feet

  • You feel unsteady when you walk

  • Feet look like they’ve changed shape

  • Feet are very sensitive to being touched

Seeking Help

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, make an appointment at our Pooler office to see our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Dangers from neuropathy include sores or wounds forming without the patient being aware of it. Poor circulation, another side effect of diabetes, can mean wounds take a long time to heal and can become infected and even lead to amputation. Also, if neuropathy can make it difficult to feel your feet when you are walking which can lead to a fall.

If you are a patient with diabetes, regular checkups with your podiatrist are an important part of your healthcare. Be sure to report any changes or redness, sores, blisters or pain to the foot doctor immediately. Your podiatrist will prescribe the right treatment for your condition. For more information on diabetic foot care, contact us at: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
March 01, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic  

Diabetic Foot CarePeople with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.

At Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, we recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:

  • Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
  • Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold.
  • Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting; don't sit cross-legged; and stay active.
  • Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact Leonard M. Talarico, DPM if you notice anything unusual- even the slightest change.
  • Avoid Smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
  • Visit Leonard M. Talarico, DPM for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our Pooler office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.

At Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury- no matter how small- come in for an exam right away.
 










 

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