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

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and bone health is directly related to good foot health. The bones in your feet carry your entire body. In patients with osteoporosis the body either doesn’t produce enough bone, loses too much bone or a combination of the two.  For your feet, this means an increased risk of stress fractures due to repetitive activities such as walking and also greater chance that a fall or sprain will also result in a bone fracture. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be happy to discuss your personal risk factors for this bone weakening disease at your next appointment. One thing all patients can do to help improve bone health is to pay attention to diet. Below are ways that you can increase bone strength through what you eat (or don’t eat):

  1. Increase dairy—Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products contain high amounts of calcium—the most important nutrient for building stronger bones.

  2. Add a green veggie to your plate—many greens are excellent sources of calcium including: broccoli, kale, okra, collard greens, turnip greens, broccoli rabe, bok choy and mustard greens.

  3. Choose cereals and juices that are fortified—check the labels and you’ll find that many brands of cold cereal, oatmeal and orange juice all have calcium and vitamin D (which helps the body absorb calcium) added to them.

  4. Go fish—fish oil and fish high in omega-3, such as salmon can also play a part in making bones stronger. In addition, certain fish are also good sources of calcium. These include: rainbow trout, sardines and perch.

  5. Cut back on caffeine—studies show that caffeine can impede the absorption of calcium and cause bone loss. Limit coffee, tea and sodas with caffeine to 2-3 servings a day.

  6. Add a supplement—there are other vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy bones. Consider a vitamin supplement to help ensure you get enough of the following: vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin C.

If you have more questions about bone health and your feet make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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
December 17, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health  

Foot HealthWith age, many people experience changes in their feet. This may include a change in their shape; a loss of the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet; thinner, drier skin and brittle nails; and even arthritis. As the feet change, they also naturally develop more problems. But aching feet are not a natural part of growing old or something to be tolerated. You can do many things now to help relieve pain, improve comfort and keep the spring in your step.
Taking good care of your feet has many benefits including increasing your comfort, limiting the possibility of additional health issues, and keeping you active and mobile. The following tips may help keep feet feeling and looking their best into the golden years:

  • Choose proper-fitting shoes with adequate support, a firm sole and a soft upper for your everyday activities
  • Walk—it’s the best exercise for your feet
  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Never cut corns or calluses on your own
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap
  • Moisturize daily
  • Trim and file toenails straight across
  • Inspect your feet daily. If you notice redness, cracks in the skin or strange sores, consult our Pooler office
  • Have your feet examined by The Foot & Ankle Center P.C at least once a year

There are more than 300 different foot ailments. Some are inherited, but for older people, most foot conditions stem from the impact of years of wear and tear. The good news is that even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully.
Never ignore the natural changes that aging brings.  Since feet are referred to as the “mirror of health,” podiatrists are often times the first to identify signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. Regular visits to The Foot & Ankle Center P.C can help prevent foot problems and alleviate pain to keep you active for life.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C
December 03, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health  

WalkingLooking for a safe, easy and inexpensive way to stay healthy, increase your energy level and improve your figure? Start walking. Walking is one of the easiest and most popular forms of exercise, and when done properly, can significantly improve your health.

The basic kind of walking -- often called healthwalking -- can be done almost anywhere and at any time, year around. And for individuals with a long history of inactivity or problems with obesity, walking is an excellent way to begin an exercise program.

If the Shoe Fits- Get Walking

Footwear plays a vital role in the duration and achievement of your walking routine, and shoes that don't fit properly or that lack support can lead to foot pain or injuries, such as blisters, corns, calluses, nail fungus and plantar fasciitis.

Not sure which shoe will offer you the most support? Come into our Pooler office for an examination. We can help determine the best shoe for your feet based on your arch, walking experience and foot mechanics. Your shoes should be well-cushioned and stable, offering you comfort and fit that enables you to walk smoothly and without discomfort.

Keep Your Feet Healthy

To gain the most health benefit from walking, it's important to pay close attention to your feet. Trim your nails regularly, keep your feet clean and dry, and inspect your feet for signs of sores, blisters, corns, calluses or other infections. Serious foot ailments, such as bunions or hammertoes, should be checked by our Pooler office before you begin your exercise regimen.

Once you're ready to hit the road, you'll want set appropriate goals based on your overall health and walking experience. Start slow and build upon your distance gradually. And don't forget to stretch in order to prevent injury and keep muscles loose.

Walking is meant to be safe, easy and fun, but in order to do so, you must have healthy feet. Experiencing foot pain and discomfort isn't normal. Talk with a podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Center P.C if you encounter any problems while walking. Every step you take is one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Take a stroll in the mall, walk your dog in the park, or grab a friend and go for a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. It's easy and fun, and when done regularly can lead to a healthier you!

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
July 16, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health  

Pinpointe Foot LaserCharacterized by thick, unsightly, discolored nails, fungus-infected toenails can be irritating, embarrassing and painful. For years, the only treatments available for toenail fungus were topical and oral medications or removal of the nail. Typically, the medications were largely ineffective and removal of the nail plate was painful and debilitating.

Fast, Effective and Pain Free Nail Fungus Treatment from The Foot & Ankle Center, PC

A new breakthrough in technology is making it possible to get rid of your nail fungus fast- a new procedure known as PinPointe FootLaser. The new, patented laser technology treats nail fungus safely and quickly with no drugs, no anesthesia and no pain. It's specially designed to penetrate your toenail, vaporizing the fungus embedded deep in your nail bed. Better yet, the powerful laser beam targets the infection only and has no effect on surrounding healthy tissue. In just one appointment at our Pooler office we can treat your nail fungus, and within months following the treatment, the toenail will replace itself with a healthy, clear, fungus free nail.

Avoiding Irritating Toenail Fungus

Prevention is key to avoiding a fungal infection. The following tips can help you avoid toenail fungus.

  • Practice good hygiene and inspect feet and toes regularly
  • Try not to injure your nail by cutting it too short, as trauma to the nail may lead to infection
  • Wear moisture wicking socks
  • Wear dry, proper-fitting shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet
  • Wear shower sandals when you are at a public pool or shower

Left untreated, a fungal infection can spread to other toenails, the skin on the feet and even the fingernails. Severe cases can impair one's ability to walk or lead to painful ingrown toenails. It's important to seek care when you notice signs of infection.

If you're ready to eliminate your toenail fungus, contact our Pooler office and learn more about the new PinPointe FootLaser. We can evaluate your fungal infection and make recommendations for best treating and eradicating your toenail fungus once and for all.










 

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885