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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
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Have you finished making your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to encourage our patients to put improving the health of your feet on your list. Below are some of our top picks for podiatric resolutions:

  1. Eat sensibly and exercise regularly. Perhaps you’re already making this resolution and if so, know that you’ll be helping your feet as well as the rest of your body. The risk for many foot conditions is greatly increased if you are overweight. Excess weight puts extra strain on your feet, ankles and knees. Exercise, in addition to helping keep your weight under control, also helps with circulation and the good physical condition of your feet.
  2. Buy better shoes. Nothing impacts the well being of your feet and ankles more than your choice of shoes. Good arch support can help protect against heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Ankle sprains and chronic weakness can be reduced with firm ankle support. Don’t assume you know your shoe size. Get measured by a footwear professional and keep in mind that different brands may be sized slightly differently. Always try shoes on both feet and walk around in the store for enough time to ensure that they do not pinch or rub anywhere on your feet.
  3. Start a foot care regimen. This should include daily cleaning and moisturizing of your feet, and applying foot powder if you tend to perspire heavily. Nails should be trimmed regularly (straight across and not too short to help avoid ingrown toenails). While you are caring for your feet, look them over. If you notice anything unusual—bruising, swelling, lumps or growths, redness, sores that don’t seem to be healing, or changes in color or size, let our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, know right away.
  4. Don’t ignore foot pain. Many patients have lived to regret putting off getting treatment for a foot condition when they felt the first signs of discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office promptly by calling: (912) 330-8885. 
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
November 01, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care

If you or someone you love is diabetic you are probably well aware of issues associated with the disease that can impact the health of your feet: neuropathy or decreased sensation can make it difficult to perceive pain or irritation that can signal a wound, and poor circulation can impede the healing process. You can, however, take steps that will significantly decrease your risk of foot complications associated with diabetes. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’d like to suggest the following tips in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month:

  1. Get in the habit of checking your feet daily. Report any changes in color, size, shape, or unusual bruising, skin rashes, redness or bumps to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, right away. Sometimes, due to decreased circulation, the first sign of an irritation that can develop into a wound is visual.
  2. Avoid going barefoot. Even if you are home, walking barefoot greatly increases your risk of stepping on a sharp object or injuring your foot by banging it or dropping something on it. At the gym or community pool, wear flip flops or shower shoes to avoid direct contact with surfaces that may harbor fungi or bacteria that can cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails or other infectious conditions.
  3. Don’t smoke. Smoking has a negative effect on your circulation. With your feet being the part of your body that is furthest from your heart, they are also the most impacted by circulatory issues.
  4. Choose shoes that have plenty of room for your toes. This will help prevent ingrown toenails and toe deformities such as bunions. Inspect your shoes periodically to make sure they are not wearing out to prevent tripping injuries. Also, check the inside of your shoes for rough spots, loose eyelets, etc. that could rub and cause irritation to the skin.
  5. Keep feet dry. If you tend to sweat excessively, plan to change your socks multiple times throughout the day. This will help prevent fungal infections from developing. You can also use a foot powder in the morning before putting on your socks.

Your podiatrist is your partner in managing your diabetes and how it affects your feet. Regular appointments with the foot doctor should be part of your health plan. To learn more, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885.










 

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