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Posts for tag: Foot Pain

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 14, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   swelling   Sesamoiditis  

Unless you’re in the medical profession or you can remember back to your anatomy and physiology class, you may not be familiar with sesamoids. These tiny bones occur only in a few places in the body and what makes them unique is that they are connected only to tendons or embedded in muscle. In your foot, the sesamoids are on the bottom of your foot up near the big toe. No bigger than a corn kernel, these bones create a smooth surface for the tendons to glide over as they pass on muscle forces. The sesamoids in your feet enable you to elevate the big toe bones and they also help with weight bearing. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat patients whose sesamoids have fractured or become irritated--a condition known as sesamoiditis.

Sesamoids Gone Bad

Sesamoiditis is actually a form of tendonitis and when excessive and repetitive is exerted on the sesamoid they can become inflamed or injured. That’s why it’s a disorder we frequently see in runners, baseball catchers and ballet dancers. Signs of sesamoiditis include:

  • Pain in the ball of your foot or under the big toe
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty bending and straightening the toe

Getting Relief

If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment at our Pooler office. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and also ask questions about your medical history and recent activities. If sesamoiditis is the diagnosis, the foot doctor will want you to take a break from the activity that is putting pressure on the sesamoids. In addition, the podiatrist will most likely recommend one or more of the following noninvasive treatments:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce 
  • pain and inflammation
  • Icing the bottom of your foot
  • Steroidal injections to decrease swelling
  • Padding or cushioning in your shoes to protect and limit stress to the affected area
  • Using low-heeled shoes that have soft soles

Contact us by calling: 912-330-8885 if you suspect you may be suffering from sesamoiditis.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
January 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Joint Pain  

Joint Pain In FeetThe foot contains 26 bones and more than 30 joints, which can create multiple areas for pain to originate.  Swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness, bruising, and/or increased warmth may accompany the pain in the affected joints. Your podiatrist in Pooler describes joint pain as being caused by trauma, infection, arthritis, bursitis, gout, or structural foot problems.

When you first notice any joint pain in your foot and ankle, your Pooler podiatrist may initially treat your pain with the conservative treatment, RICE, which stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Your podiatrist in Pooler will also recommend a limitation of walking and weight bearing on the painful foot to ensure further damage does not develop.  Use of steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, and ice can also help to reduce local inflammation and pain.  Custom orthotics may also be prescribed to support the foot and reduce the pain. 

A podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Center, PC can best determine the cause of joint pain and recommend the appropriate treatment.  If you are experiencing joint pain in your foot or ankle, schedule an appointment today to ensure a speedy recovery. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot PainWhether you suffer from chronic heel pain, are embarrassed by toenail fungus or were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you can benefit from visiting a professional podiatrist.

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower leg problems, such as corns, warts, bunions and sprains. Common conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, which can damage the feet, can also be diagnosed and treated by a podiatrist. Even back pain can be traced to your feet and relieved through proper evaluation and treatment by a skilled foot specialist.

Not all foot and ankle problems warrant an appointment with a podiatrist. In some cases, rest, ice or even a change in footwear is enough to reduce the pain and get you back on your feet. But when foot pain and discomfort cannot be resolved by home treatment, you need a professional’s care—someone who specializes in foot-related injuries and disorders.

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

Feet are invariably the most ignored parts of the body. Too many people dismiss foot health until there is a serious, painful problem.Whenever a foot or ankle problem lasts for several days, contact a Pooler podiatrist. Other signs that indicate a worsening condition and warrant medical attention, include:

  • Foot discoloration
  • Pain and swelling in one foot
  • A foot sore or wound that doesn’t heal

How often you should visit a podiatrist depends on the individual. Regular appointments can help you better understand the stresses and strains put on your feet and lower legs on a daily basis. Long-term care and prevention is also extremely important for individuals with diabetes, as podiatrists help prevent ulcerations and loss of limb with early diagnosis and care.

Remember, foot pain should never be taken lightly. Always consult The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. for proper diagnosis of foot disorders. 


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