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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 16, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

One of the most frequent complaints patients bring to us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is heel pain. Although this part of the foot is designed to be strong enough to carry our body weight and also act as a shock absorber, it can become stressed or inflamed due to overuse, injury or improper footwear. Here are some of the most common causes of heel pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome—this is the number one cause of heel pain in the bottom of the heel. Patients often experience a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, especially with the first steps of the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. Pain usually improves as you move and stretch your foot. The plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed, usually due to overuse or poor foot mechanics, such as flatfeet and this is the cause of the pain.

  • Nerve entrapment—An irritated nerve being compressed in the tarsal tunnel on the inside of the heel and ankle can bring throbbing pain that can be bad when active or laying down. It is similar to carpel tunnel syndrome in the wrist.

  • Retrocalcaneal/posterior heel pain—this condition affects the back of the heel. It can be associated with Achilles tendonitis or Haglund’s deformity (also known as “pump bump”).  A related area of discomfort can be an inflamed bursa sac that is found between the bone and the tendon, causing retrocalcaneal bursitis.

  • Stress fracture—less common but prevalent among athletes is a stress fracture in the heel. This tiny, hairline crack in the surface of the bone is usually the result of overuse.

As you can see, heel pain has many potential causes. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leornard M. Talarico as soon as you begin to experience ongoing heel pain. Too many patients delay in seeking treatment which usually leads to increased pain and a more difficult recovery. If your heel is bothering you contact our Pooler office today by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 10, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Bunions   Arthritis   Flatfeet  

Among the more common reasons that patients come to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is to find out how to deal with bunions. The large bump at the base of the big toe is the telltale sign of a bunion but the cause is actually a bone deformity caused when the big toe begins to drift toward the second toe, forcing the joint out of place. The enlargement of the joint causes a protrusion which becomes irritated due to the constant friction and rubbing against your shoes. Walking, which requires the joint to flex, leads to the bunion growing along with the pain and discomfort. As time goes on, arthritis or bursitis may also develop, increasing the chronic pain.

Why Bunions Form

It’s estimated that 33 % of the people in Western countries have bunions. The number one cause is wearing shoes that are too tight. Although the bunions themselves are not hereditary, they do run in families and genetics can be responsible for structural problems in the foot such as flat feet or pronated feet which make one more prone to bunions. Other causes are injuries to the foot and neuromuscular problems.

Getting Relief

Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will work with you to determine the best treatment for your bunion. Since a bunion is a bone deformity, it cannot be corrected by non-surgical methods. However, the podiatrist has options to help reduce pain and halt or slow the progression of the growth of the bunion. These options include:

  • Orthotic devices to help correct the position of the foot and provide joint stability

    Padding to reduce friction and skin irritation

  • Special footwear to accommodate the bunion

  • Splints to wear at night to help realign toe and joint

  • Exercise to keep joint flexible and help prevent stiffness and arthritis

If none of these methods provide relief or the bunion deformity has progressed to a severe state, surgery may be the best option. To find out what the best option for treating your bunion is, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
December 09, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flatfeet   Children  

Children with Flat FeetAs parents, we want our children to remain healthy and happy.  But when they are in pain, it is our duty to find the best ways to help eliminate their discomfort.  While many toddlers grow out of flatfeet, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s feet in order to ensure their feet are properly developing before pain begins. 

Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as symptomatic or asymptomatic, and are quite common—usually nonsurgical. Symptomatic flatfeet exhibit symptoms such as pain and limitation of activity, while asymptomatic flatfeet show no symptoms at all.  These classifications can help your podiatrist in Pooler in determining an appropriate treatment plan for your child.

Flatfoot can be apparent at birth or it can show up years later.  Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee
  • Outward tilting of the heel
  • Awkwardness or changes in walking
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Reduced energy
  • Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities

Your Pooler podiatrist diagnoses your child’s flatfoot by examining the foot and observing how it looks when he or she stands and sits.  Your podiatrist will observe how your child walks and will evaluate the range of motion of the foot.  Since flatfoot can sometimes be related to problems in the leg, your podiatrist may also examine the knee and hip.  X-rays may be used to determine the severity of the deformity, with additional imaging and tests needed for further diagnosis.   

Visit The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. for further diagnosis and treatment options for your child’s flatfoot condition.  It is important to find relief for your child’s pain so that he or she can enjoy daily activities. 










 

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