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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
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Podiatrist  

How much do you know about this common condition? If you’re like many patients we see at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC you may have some misconceptions about varicose veins. Below, we will try to help set the record straight.

Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue.

FALSE: Varicose veins occur when the valve in a vein becomes weak. This can happen as a result of age, pregnancy or menopausal hormones, genetics or being overweight. With a weak valve, some of the blood that is getting pumped back to the heart may leak and then pool, forming the bulging vein. While varicose veins are often harmless, because they are associated with blood flow they should be checked by a doctor. In rare cases, veins can burst or blood clots or ulcers can develop.

The only symptoms of this disorder are bulging veins.

FALSE: While it’s true that for many people varicose veins are noticed only by appearance, they can cause discomfort. Pain, throbbing, swelling, burning and muscle cramping can all be caused by varicose veins. In addition, the skin around the vein may become red and itchy. These symptoms may get worse when you spend long hours on your feet.

There are self care methods to help alleviate the discomfort of varicose veins.

TRUE: There are several ways that patients can help keep varicose veins under control. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Changing your position frequently—avoiding long periods of sitting or standing
  • Not wearing very tight hose, socks or leggings
  • Putting your feet up at the end of the day

There’s nothing the podiatrist can do about varicose veins so it’s not worth making an appointment.

FALSE: If self care measures are not effective at relieving painful symptoms our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico may recommend compression stockings be worn. There are also minor surgical procedures available such as Sclerotherapy, which can collapse the vein with the defective valve. Your body will naturally reroute the flow of blood through veins that are functioning properly.

If you have additional questions about varicose veins contact our Pooler, GA office at: 912-330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
February 13, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

Signs that You Need to See a Podiatrist

Often, the problems in your feet and ankles go away with time, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and shoe gear changes. However, sometimes these problems just won’t go away, and that is when you should visit your podiatrist in Pooler for further diagnosis and treatment.

When Should I See a Podiatrist?

If you are having a specific foot problem, your best bet is to visit your podiatrist in Pooler for the best care available.  Several serious conditions, such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, can show up in your feet first, making it more important than ever to visit your podiatrist.

A Wound or Sore Does Not Heal

If you have an open sore on your foot or ankle, you should visit your Pooler podiatrist immediately.  This is especially important if you have diabetes, as it usually takes you longer to heal.

Aging Feet

Some changes to your feet are normal as you age, but having pain isn’t one of them.  As you begin putting more miles on your feet, you may notice that your feet may change shape, lose cushioning, experience skin changes; develop arthritis, and an array of other complications. 

Pain Increasing with Activity or Lasting more than 24 Hours

If you are experiencing pain that gets worse with activity, this may be a sign of a stress fracture.  You should not try to work through the pain; instead it is vital that you visit your podiatrist in Pooler.  If you treat a stress fracture early, you can potentially avoid more serious problems such as a stress fracture that will not heal, or one that turns into an actual broken bone. 

Don’t ignore your foot or ankle pain.  Visit your Pooler podiatrist for immediate diagnosis, and treatment, as well as prevention of the worsening of symptoms.  

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C
December 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

Sprained AnkleHave you ever twisted your ankle while participating in a sport?  Or maybe you simply slipped while walking?  Either way, ankle sprains and fractures should not be ignored.  Ankle sprains are common injuries that occur when ligaments are stretched or torn, with nearly 85% occurring laterally, or on the outside of the ankle joints. By visiting your podiatrist in Pooler, you can receive the care you need to get back on your feet.

Symptoms of a Sprained or Fractured Ankle

Your symptoms upon spraining your ankle may vary depending on the severity of your pain and how it occurred. The symptoms of an ankle sprain may include:

  • Pain or soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Stiffness in the joint

All ankle sprains will produce some level of pain at the time of your injury and the joint will also feel tender, beginning to swell.  If your sprain is mild, you may experience a slight loss in the function of your joint.

With a more serious sprain, you will most likely fall during the initial impact of the injury.  It will often be difficult to move or put weight on your injured ankle, producing bruising and swelling from the ankle to the foot.  Once you have had ankle sprains or other ankle injuries before, you may have a weakened joint that creates more of a chance for future injuries to take place.

Common symptoms of an ankle fracture are similar to ankle sprains, and include:

  • Pain to touch
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to walk on the leg
  • Deformity around the ankle

Treatment and Prevention

Treatment for your ankle sprain begins with self-care.  The RICE evaluation is highly recommended upon the initial onset of your injury:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

When your podiatrist feels you are ready to begin participating in sports and exercising, you can help prevent further sprains and fractures by wearing an ankle brace during the first initial months of being back on your ankle.  Special wraps are also available to protect your ankle. 

If your symptoms still persist after taking the initial step of at-home-care, or if you suspect you might have a fracture, a visit to your Pooler podiatrist may be in order.  With a consultation with The Foot & Ankle Center P.C, your ankle sprain or fracture can be treated and further prevented.  There is no need to put an end to your athletic lifestyle with recurring ankle injuries.










 

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