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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC Leonard M. Talarico
January 26, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   senior  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we provide foot health care for patients of all ages. While there are many core components of a good foot care regimen that are common to everyone, each age and stage has its own particular podiatric concerns. Below are some tips addressed to our senior patients and those who care for them:

1.Make good footwear a priority. Well made, properly fitting shoes are important for everyone, but for seniors, your shoes contribute significantly to several foot health concerns. As you age, the pads on your feet naturally deteriorate, resulting in pain in the bottom of your feet. Shoes with thicker soles can help provide extra cushioning to compensate for the natural pad that is diminishing. Balance is also critical in preventing falls and shoes that lace up (rather than slip on) and fit snugly around the heel can have a positive impact on balance.

2.Maintain a self-care regimen. While cleaning your feet daily, inspect them for changes that may indicate a foot problem. Swelling, bruising, redness, skin flaking or rashes, lumps and nail discoloration may point to a developing disorder. Keep our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, informed of any significant changes or new foot pain. Use a moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin. If you tend to sweat excessively on your feet, apply foot powder before putting on your socks.

3.Stay current with other medical checkups. We believe in a total body approach to health care. Failing eyesight can increase your risk of falls and ankle sprains. Diabetes can cause neuropathy in your feet and decreased circulation. It’s important to follow all your doctors’ instructions because the health of one part of your body affects the rest of your body as well.

4.Live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight have a direct correlation with foot health—avoiding excess strain to the bones and joints of your feet and increasing flexibility and range of motion.

Being proactive in the care of your feet (and the rest of your body) will go a long way to ensuring that you can continue to live the active life you love. If you have any concerns or questions regarding foot health and how to prevent foot disorders, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care

June is Men’s Health Month and at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to take this opportunity to talk about an important men’s foot issue: diabetic foot careA recent study showed that men with diabetes were less likely than women to engage in proper foot self-care. Being proactive about diabetic foot health can help prevent debilitating foot problems and serious medical threats, including amputation. Below are some areas men fell short in and why it’s essential to make them part of a diabetic foot care plan:

  • Checking feet regularly—a big concern for diabetic patients is developing sores or ulcers on the feet. Two conditions associated with diabetes—neuropathy (or nerve damage) and poor circulation—make ulcers much more dangerous for the diabetic patient. Once a sore develops, poor circulation makes healing slower and more difficult, greatly increasing the risk of infection and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy decreases a person’s ability to perceive pain, burning and other sensations that would indicate a problem on the foot before it’s a full-blown ulcer. That’s why self checks are so important. Inspecting feet daily to look for changes in color, shape, swelling, lumps or bumps, bruises, red marks or blisters can help the foot doctor head off a potential issue before it becomes a risky sore or wound.

  • Drying between the toesathlete’s foot is a common condition that can lead to blisters and open wounds. Most often this infection begins between the toes and loves damp, dark conditions. Not drying between your toes and then putting on socks and shoes creates the perfect environment for fungi and bacteria to thrive.

  • Properly trimming nails—toenails need to cut straight across and not to short to prevent ingrown nails, which provide a gateway for bacteria to enter the body.

  • Limiting time walking barefoot—a puncture wound or trauma to the foot or toes is much more likely to occur if you are barefoot. Fungal and bacterial infections are also spread by direct contact so flip flops or shower shoes when you are in public places will help protect your feet from athlete’s foot and fungal nails.

If you are a patient with diabetes and have additional questions about how to properly care for your feet, make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 - 8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and help you develop a foot health care regimen that will reduce the risk of diabetic complications and help you maintain the active lifestyle you love.

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

 

Flip Flop FeetAs the temperatures rise and the weather begins to heat up, many will stay cool by slipping on a pair of their favorite flip-flops.   Whether you are hitting the beach, or simply walking around town, flip-flops are often our selected footwear of choice for those hot, summer months.  Unfortunately, wearing flip-flops can lead to painful foot ailments including cuts and abrasions, broken toes, and painful sprains.  Flip-flops that are widely purchased today can be extremely unsafe for your feet. 

Some flip-flops can be cushioned, which lead people to believe that they are good for your feet, but most offer little to no arch support.  Flip-flops can also be very flimsy, which causes them to breakdown quickly.  Shoes that do not offer proper arch support can lead to biomechanical abnormalities starting when the heel strikes the ground.  This, in turn, can lead to pain felt in the joints of your foot and ankle, as well as in the knees, hips, lower back, shoulders and neck.  If you are to wear flip-flops, wear them with caution and in moderation.  It is important to assess how long you can wear flip-flops on an individual basis and to be aware of the effects they can have on your body.

Tension for Your Toes

Wearing flip-flops may feel like the next-best thing to going barefoot, but your feet are working a lot harder than you may realize.  By wearing flip-flops, you are forcing a change in your walking stride.  With each step you take, your toes pull down on the shoe to stabilize the foot against the ground because your foot has to work harder to keep the flip-flop on. Forcing your toes to act in this unnatural manner can cause toe pain and even stubbed toes.

ProblematicHeel Pain

It is estimated by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, that about 15 percent of all adult foot injuries involve plantar fasciitis, which is an awful pain that is caused by the tissue over stretching from your heel through the arch to the toes.  By wearing flip-flops, you are increasing your risk of developing heel pain.  While many people don’t want to give up flip-flips, it is important to understand that if you are going to the beach, then wear your flip-flops.  However, if you are going to the mall or even an amusement park don’t wear them. 

Wear the Right Shoes for Your Activity

When choosing footwear for summer, or vacation, it is important to follow these guidelines for healthy feet:

  • Shoes should be lightweight and ventilated.
  • Have an extra pair of shoes and alternate between them daily so that each pair has a chance to dry out completely.
  • Wear socks that are made of an acrylic fiber, not cotton, as acrylic draws moisture away from the feet.
  • Change your socks at least once a day.

Flip-flops should not be worn as everyday shoes—they are meant for the beach and the pool, not for everyday walking, as they do not give you any arch support, which makes your feet more prone to injuries.  Wearing flip-flops for an occasional stroll may be fine, but you should never overdo it.

If you feel pain in your foot or ankle, visit your podiatrist in Pooler for further diagnosis and treatment.  You can prevent painful foot conditions and injuries by wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding flip-flips. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care  

Healthy FeetThe feet are perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of the body. But did you know that they are also some of your most important?

Don’t wait until something is wrong to give your feet extra attention. Keeping your feet feeling healthy and looking beautiful is easy. Here’s how:

  • Inspect your feet regularly, being mindful of any changes in appearance, color and texture.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene by washing and drying feet regularly.
  • Choose proper shoes, and always wear the correct size.
  • Keep feet dry to prevent bacterial infections by wearing moisture-wicking socks.
  • Alternate shoes each day.
  • Trim toenails straight across and gently file away sharp corners to prevent an ingrown. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injury.
  • When wearing sandals, remember to apply sunblock.
  • If your feet hurt, don’t ignore the pain! Consult a Pooler podiatrist if symptoms worsen or do not resolve.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your feet as you are at a higher risk for developing foot problems due to nerve damage and poor circulation.  Mild foot problems, such as ulcers, corns, cracked heels and ingrown toenails can turn into serious complications without proper care.  Since even the smallest cut can have serious consequences, it is important that people with diabetes inspect their feet every day and visit their Pooler podiatrist for routine exams.

When to Consult The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.

If you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it! Consult your podiatrist. Pain, redness, swelling or discoloration are not normal symptoms and should be examined by a trained foot specialist.  

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C
February 01, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Weightloss   Foot Care  

Weightloss may help with foot problemsWith our feet bearing the weight of our entire body, it’s no surprise that carrying excess weight may increase the chance of developing foot problems.  In fact, recent studies have shown that overweight people experience more heel pain, tendonitis, arthritis, ball-of-foot pain, fractures and sprains in their feet and ankles than individuals at a normal, healthy weight.

Extra weight doesn’t have to be substantial to have an impact on your feet and ankles. As little as 10 or 20 pounds can trigger pain in the lower extremities. Being overweight changes the way your foot functions, and the force on the feet intensifies.

The most common foot problems from being overweight include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Excess weight adds strain to the plantar fascia, overusing and weakening it. This causes it to become inflamed and irritated. Heel pain is one of the most common problems caused by weight gain.
  • Tendonitis: When the feet endure extra weight, it eventually causes the tendons/ligaments to be overused, which leads to injury and inflammation.
  • Fallen Arches: An increase in body weight and pressure causes the supporting structures in your feet (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to become stretched and weakened, breaking down over time. This can weaken the muscle which gives the foot its arch, causing over-pronation and leading to other problems such as knee and hip pain.
  • Other effects from carrying extra weight include changes in posture, changes in gait (steps become shorter) and stress fractures.

Losing extra pounds can help ease the pain and reduce problems caused by carrying excess body weight. Unfortunately, it's tough to lose weight when your feet hurt. To combat foot problems triggered by weight gain, ease into a low-impact activity that doesn’t require you to place pressure on your foot, such as water aerobics.  Always start any new workout routine slowly and work with your regular physician and podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Center P.C to find healthy ways to modify your diet and select the best, supportive footwear for your feet.

Foot pain is never normal, regardless of weight, as it indicates some type of stress or injury. You should always consult an experienced podiatrist at our Pooler office if you are experiencing any pain in your foot.










 

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