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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

April is Foot Health Awareness Month and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to let our patients know that healthy feet don’t happen by accident. There are many ways to be proactive about the care of your feet that are not difficult or time-consuming. Below are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your feet and ankles remain in tip-top condition:

  1. Get in the habit of examining your feet on a regular basis. Look for changes in color or temperature. Pay attention to peeling or cracking skin, blisters, or changes in toenails such as thickening or discoloration as these could all be signs of a fungal infection. Monitor moles for differences in appearance and note any growths on your feet or deformities developing in toes. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can greatly reduce the severity of foot problems.
  2. Clean your feet every day with soap and water and dry completely, paying particular attention to the space between your toes.
  3. Keep nails trimmed straight across, not too short and with no cut or curved corners which can lead to ingrown toenails.
  4. If you have diabetes, leave all care of nails and feet that require cutting to a professional to limit the risk of wounds. Schedule regular checkups with the podiatrist to monitor your condition.
  5. Buy shoes that are the right size (get professionally measured) and that are no higher than 2 inches in the heel. Be sure the toe box is not too narrow. Squeezing toes together can cause bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities to develop.
  6. Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. Sports shoes are designed for the movement a particular sport requires of your feet and ankles.
  7. Avoid going barefoot, even at home. This will reduce the risk of injury and puncture wounds.
  8. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet when at the beach or pool or even when you are wearing open shoes and will be outside for long hours at a time.
  9. Alternate your shoes.
  10. If you are experiencing any foot pain or discomfort, contact our Pooler, Georgia office as soon as possible by calling: (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can examine and treat your foot ailment promptly. Foot pain is never normal and should not be ignored.
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 08, 2018
Category: Podiatric Medicine

You may not have ever thought about the total scope of what your podiatrist can do but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want our patients to be aware of all the services we can provide. First off, our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine—that’s what the DPM after a podiatrist’s name stands for. To earn that designation, a podiatrist must attend both undergraduate and graduate medical school and also do a 2-3 year residency in the field of podiatric medicine. To be licensed to practice, a podiatrist must also pass state and national exams. In fact, your podiatrist undergoes the same amount of training as any other doctor, except podiatrists focus solely on the anatomy, systems, diseases, deformities and proper functioning of the foot, ankle and lower extremities. Some podiatrists also choose to undergo additional training and testing to become board certified for surgery or other specialties.

What it Means for You

You are most likely aware that the podiatrist can treat common foot conditions such as corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, warts and athlete’s foot. Other areas the podiatrist handles include:

  • Diagnose and treat tumors, skin and nail diseases, ulcers, plantar fasciitis, deformities and any disorder that has to do with the lower extremities including calves, ankles, toes, and feet.
  • Set fractures and treat sprains.
  • Perform surgeries to correct bunions, hammertoes, torn ligaments, and tendons, ruptured Achilles, claw toes, fractures and joint problems.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures such as digital x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, lab tests and nerve conductivity tests.
  • Prescribe medications and therapies.
  • Educate patients on how to prevent foot problems.
  • Consult with other physicians and help coordinate care of systemic conditions that affect the feet such as diabetes and arthritis.
  • Fit patients with custom orthotic devices and make recommendations on shoe designs that will accommodate individual foot deformities.

Now that you have a better idea of all that your podiatrist can do, feel free to contact our Pooler, GA office by calling (912) 330-8885 with any questions you might have or to make an appointment for a consultation. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 18, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   calluses  

For many women, wearing high heels does not cause immediate foot pain and therefore they fail to see the risk to the health of their feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, however, we witness every day the cumulative, long-term effects of wearing high heels. Below are some of the more common problems:

Chronic ankle pain/instability—wearing high heels, particularly thin or spiky heels has the effect on your feet of walking on stilts. High heels puts a strain on the muscles surrounding your ankles and creates a situation where those muscles and ligaments have to work extra hard just to keep you upright. Uneven pavement, cracks in the sidewalk and soft ground can cause your ankle to twist easily and result in a sprain. Continuing to wear high heels after an ankle sprain strains already damaged ligaments and muscles, making repeated injuries more likely and leading to a cycle that causes chronic weak ankles and pain.

Hammertoes—the elevation at the heel forces the toes forward and down and causes them to constantly push up against the front of the shoe. This can eventually result in the bending of one or more toes (particularly if you have one toe longer than the others) into the “hammer” shape that gives the deformity its name.

Bunions—in most high heel shoes the toe box is narrow. In addition to pushing toes down, toes are squeezed together and this pressure can hasten or worsen the development of a bunion. The big toe joint is encouraged to leave its normal place and the whole toe begins to move toward the center of the foot.

Calluses and Corns—when toe deformities such as hammertoes and bunions form, calluses and corns often follow. This is because now there is a part of the toe that is enlarged or out of normal position and therefore shoes, which are not designed to accommodate the change, begin to rub and put pressure on the deformity.  Corns and calluses form in response to that pressure, causing additional pain and discomfort.

If you are currently experiencing foot or toe pain or discomfort, it’s important to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office sooner rather than later. Most foot problems associated with high heels are progressive and will only get worse over time. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can help slow the progress and possibly even reverse the effects of the damage. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Day and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC would like to use this opportunity to address this important topic for our senior patients and those who love them. Did you know it’s estimated that every 11 seconds an older American is treated in the emergency room for a fall? One quarter of adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Even in cases where a fall does not result in serious or permanent damage, it can leave an older adult feeling anxious and depressed and cause them to withdraw from fulfilling activities with family and friends. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent falls. Below are some suggestions:

Take Care of Medical Needs

Falls can be directly linked to foot problems. Neuropathy or other nerve conditions that decrease sensation in the feet can affect balance and cause missteps which lead to tripping and falling. Changing your gait or the position of your foot when you walk or stand in response to foot pain also increases fall risk. Toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes as well as arthritic conditions that limit joint range of motion can also be contributing factors. The bottom line is, if your feet hurt, make an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to let him examine your feet and treat the source of your podiatric disorder.

In addition to foot health issues, don’t neglect eye exams to ensure your vision is not impeded and also have your doctor or pharmacist periodically review your medications to prevent interactions that can cause dizziness, lightheadedness or balance issues.

Conduct a Home Assessment

Use this checklist to make sure that the home environment is not setting you or a loved one up for a fall:

  • Do tubs and showers have handrails and non-slip surfaces?
  • Are stairwells, bathrooms, hallways and other areas inside and outside the home well lit?
  • Take a walk through the home—are their piles of papers, electrical cords, magazine racks or potted plants on the floor? How about throw rugs?
  • Do stairs have railings on both sides?

Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Finally, maintain a healthy weight, eat a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium to keep up bone strength and exercise regularly. This will keep you in good physical condition and reduce the risk of falls.

If you have concerns about senior foot health, contact our Pooler, GA office today by calling: (912) 330– 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 27, 2017
Category: Foot Surgery

Many foot conditions today, including bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes and arthritis to name a few, can be greatly improved through podiatric surgery. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we always strive to treat your foot problems as conservatively as possible, but sometimes surgery is the best—or only—option. As a patient, there is much that is within your control that you can do to help ease anxiety and ensure that your procedure and recovery have no surprises.

Get the Facts—find out all the details of your procedure: where it will be performed, what type of anesthesia will be used, how long it should take and whether or not your surgery requires an overnight hospital stay. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will take the time to answer any and all questions that you have about an upcoming surgery.

Be Prepared—nearly as important as the information about the surgical procedure is what to expect afterwards. What will your recovery be like? How much pain will you be in and what options will be available to alleviate that pain? How long will you have to be off your feet? Will you need special equipment such as crutches or a knee scooter? The answers to these questions will help you know if there are any special measures you should take to plan for post operative care. For example, if your bedroom is upstairs you may want to temporarily relocate to a room on the first floor. Ask how long before you can drive and/or return to work too so you can plan your schedule and appointments accordingly.

Line Up Help—accept any offers of help! You will most likely need someone to drive you home after your foot surgery. Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may need someone to stay with you for the first few days at home. Other ways family and friends can help are making easy to reheat meals for your freezer and ferrying children to practices and activities.

In most cases, the relief is so great that patients wondered why they waited so long to have their foot surgery done. If you have additional questions about foot surgery, contact our office in Pooler, GA by calling: (912) 330-8885.










 

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