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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 20, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? You may not think about your feet much when it comes to choosing the foods you eat, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want patients to know that your diet can most definitely impact your podiatric health. Make the healthy choices below to improve foot health:

Build Strong Bones—your feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your body! That’s a good reason for ensuring that your diet contains an adequate amount of calcium. Calcium requirements vary depending on your age and sex, but your physician can tell you the amount to strive for. Food sources for calcium extend beyond the better-known dairy products of milk, yogurt, and cheese. Try adding swiss chard, almonds, tofu, dried figs, oranges, and products fortified with calcium to your diet to boost calcium in a variety of delicious ways.

Decrease Inflammation—cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower), fatty fish, dark leafy greens and many berries and fruits actually contain antioxidants and other nutrients that can reduce the inflammatory response in your body. This can help relieve or control symptoms of arthritis, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, tendonitis and other foot conditions that have pain and swelling associated with them due to inflammation.

Reduce the Risk of Foot Disorders—one way to reduce both the risk and severity of many feet and ankle problems is by maintaining a healthy weight or even taking off pounds if you are overweight. For example, for every pound you lose, you reduce the stress on your knee joints by four pounds. After all, your feet and ankles carry the weight of your entire body. It makes sense that the less you weigh the less pressure you are putting on your lower extremities. In addition, people who are not overweight are more likely to be physically active, which improves flexibility and range of motion in your feet.

Of course, food choices are just one part of caring for your feet. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office (912-330-8885) so our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can assess your condition and make the appropriate treatment recommendations.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 13, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

A condition that many of our patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC have not heard of until they are diagnosed with it is metatarsalgia. The risk for this condition increases as you age. Below are some questions and answers to help you understand metatarsalgia:

What is metatarsalgia?

The 5 long bones that run down the middle of your foot from your toes to your ankles are the metatarsal bones. The end of the bone near your toes is known as the metatarsal head. Metatarsalgia is the name of the condition that occurs when one of the metatarsal joints or the nerves between the bones becomes inflamed. Aging causes the padding on the bottom of the feet to wear down which is why this condition is more common in older patients.

What are the symptoms?

Pain from metatarsalgia is centered in the ball of the foot under one of the metatarsalgia joints. The pain can come on suddenly and may get worse when you are active or you walk barefoot. In some cases patients will have a callus form underneath the affected joint.

What causes metatarsalgia?

Basically, metatarsalgia is the result of either uneven pressure or too much pressure being applied to the metatarsal bone. This can be caused by a multitude of reasons including: shoes with rigid soles, foot injuries or deformities, overuse (particularly if you regularly participate in a weight-bearing sport such as running), prolonged standing on hard surfaces, overpronation (foot turning inward), arthritis and being overweight. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will track down the cause by examining your foot and asking questions about your medical history, lifestyle, job and activities.

How is metatarsalgia treated?

Rest, ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (at the foot doctor’s recommendation) usually relieve the symptoms of metatarsalgia. Long term treatment depends on the cause. The podiatrist may recommend changing the type of shoes you wear, inserting an orthotic device in your shoes, losing weight or treating an underlying condition that is causing the metatarsalgia.

What should I do if I have pain in the ball of my foot? Contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
June 15, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

Heel PainMetatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.

Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot -- the part of the sole just behind the toes
  • Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
  • Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes
  • A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
  • Pain that increases when walking barefoot

Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:

  • Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
  • Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
  • Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
  • Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
  • Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.

When conservative treatments aren't affective and pain persists, visit The Foot & Ankle Center, PC for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist at our Pooler office may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.


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