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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we often see an increase in patient calls at this time of the year for foot pain. The excess time on your feet shopping for holiday gifts, food and decorations can take a toll on your feet. Oftentimes chronic foot problems flair up or first become really noticeable after periods of prolonged walking and standing. Some of the more common ones that we treat include:

Ingrown toenails—when toes are cramped together for long periods of time in narrow shoes or there is a sudden increase in the distance or speed of walking, the repeated pressure and pounding can create the perfect scenario for a nail to begin to grow down and into the nail bed.

Bunions—this toe deformity that causes the big toe joint to shift out of place will eventually cause a visible bump on the outside of the foot. Even before the bump becomes visible, however, you may experience pain from your shoes as they rub up against the joint and even develop blisters or corns as a result.

Heel pain—natural deterioration of the fat pad on the bottom of the feet can cause heel pain, especially if you’ve been walking for several hours. Cushioned socks and inserts for your shoes as well as shoes with thicker soles for increased shock absorption can help. If you have a tendency to overpronate or suffer from fallen arches, more time on your feet may increase heel pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

Ankle soreness—if you have sustained an ankle sprain or other injury in the past, running around the mall may leave you with an aching ankle at the end of the day. Wearing shoes with good support for your ankles and choosing lace up shoes over slip-on’s to minimize foot movement should help.

If holiday shopping has left you with hurting feet, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and determine if there is a chronic condition causing your foot discomfort. 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Ah, it’s the good, old summertime and at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we hope all of our patients have a chance to relax and enjoy these beautiful days.  We also want to remind you that summer can bring its own set of foot health challenges. Based on the conditions we see most often during the summer months, we’d like to offer these tips for keeping your feet safe and healthy while enjoying all the fun of the season:

  • Wear some kind of footwear at public pools, beach changing areas and rest rooms and any place else where others are likely to be walking barefoot. Fungal and bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are spread through direct contact. You can greatly reduce your risk of contracting one of these infections by keeping your feet covered.

  • Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet if you will be spending the day out in the sun. Not only is sunburn painful, it can also increase your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.

  • Pack more than one pair of shoes for vacation. Yes, it’s nice to travel light but it’s not good to wear the same pair of shoes for multiple days in a row. Shoes need a chance to air out to eliminate perspiration and dampness, which can lead to bacterial infections. Also, friction is created between your shoes and your feet as you sweat, which can create a blister. Varying your shoes will avoid an excess amount of pressure being applied to one spot.

  • Limit your time in flip-flops. Although convenient and comfortable, these popular summertime shoes provide no arch support and can leave you with aching feet and heel pain if worn on a regular basis. They have also been proven to be a tripping hazard for many patients.

  • Seek medical treatment promptly if you do injure your foot or notice anything unusual about the skin on your feet or your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back to summer fun in no time. Contact our Pooler, GAoffice for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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 P.C.
March 04, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the leading problems that cause patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.

Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.

Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Bottom of the heel pain
  • Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Pain that worsens over a period of months

Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications, and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort.  Always seek care from our Pooler office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.










 

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