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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 04, 2018
Category: Injury Prevention

It’s a new season and that means new sports for children and adults as well as changes in fitness routines. Here at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to see that our patients get off on the right foot. Below are a few simple steps will help you prevent sports injuries and hit your stride early in the season:

  1. Assess your fitness level. Be honest: have you or your children spent the winter months in a more sedentary fashion? If yes, then it’s important to prep for the upcoming sports season by getting muscles warmed up. Before practices begin or you start a new running program, spend some time walking, stretching and just generally being more active. Injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and even stress fractures in the foot are often the result of a sudden increase in activity and strain on the feet and ankles.
  2. Examine your shoes. For children, it’s inevitable that the pair of shoes they used for softball or tennis last year is not going to fit this year. For adults, you should inspect the tread of your shoes and look for any tears or rough spots. Shoes that are overly flexible (able to bend completely in half or twist all the way around) will not support your foot and need to be replaced.
  3. Deal with chronic foot problems. If you have bunions, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle instability, or another ongoing foot issue, have your foot examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, before starting a new exercise activity or sport. The foot doctor will check to see if a chronic foot condition has progressed and also be able to make recommendations about shoes or custom orthotics that may increase comfort and performance.
  4. Choose the right program. Make sure that the program you or your child is embarking on follows sound exercise principles and safe training protocols. There should be warm-ups and stretching before and after activity. Workouts can be challenging but not push a person to the point where they are in pain or at risk of injury. Inspect field, court or other surfaces where the activity will take place and speak up about repairs necessary to prevent trips, falls and ankle sprains.

If, as you start a new sport or fitness plan, you experience recurring pain or other symptoms, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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
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. 

Do you find your initial enthusiasm for getting in shape in 2018 is starting to flag? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we find that many patients start off strong with a new exercise routine right after New Year’s but by the end of the month are calling us with foot and ankle complaints. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you stay on track with your fitness goals:

Do: get any old injuries or chronic foot problems checked before immersing yourself in a new fitness routine. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will evaluate the current condition of your feet and ankles and make recommendations about the best ways for you to get in shape without harming your feet. Some conditions such as flat feet or plantar fasciitis may require an orthotic insert to make exercise comfortable.

Don’t: try to do too much too soon. Patients who start exercising after being inactive for a significant period of time need to begin slowly and gradually build up the intensity and duration of their workouts. Many foot disorders such as Achilles tendonitis and shin splints are directly related to sudden increases in activity.

Do: inspect your footwear. If you plan to use sports shoes that you already own, be sure that they are appropriate for the activity you plan to do (running shoes are designed differently from tennis sneakers, for example) and that they are in good shape. Shoes that are stretched or have loose stitching or other signs of wear can cause an injury. Many good intentions to get in shape have been derailed by a painful blister caused by a shoe that doesn’t fit properly.

Do: warm up before and after you work out. Properly preparing your muscles for exercise and then cooling down and stretching will safeguard your feet and ankles from injuries.

Don’t: forget the water bottle. Staying hydrated will help reduce the risk of swelling (edema) in your lower legs and ankles and increase your comfort level during and after exercise.

Don’t: ignore pain. If, despite taking all of the above steps, your new exercise plan is causing you pain in your toes, ankles or feet, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912)330-8885. We’ll help you determine the source of the pain and get you moving forward with your exercise goals.

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. 









 

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