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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 17, 2018
Category: Ankle Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Recent cold days have brought some occasional slippery conditions to West Chatham County. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we thought this might be a good time to remind patients to take the necessary precautions to prevent ankle twisting injuries. When your ankle turns or gives way, the excessive force of the twist can overstretch or even tear ligaments in the outer ankle. This is the definition of an ankle sprain. Sprains can be of varying severity, but all sprains should receive medical attention.

Signs of an ankle sprain include pain, bruising at the site, and swelling. Being able to bear weight on your ankle is not necessarily a sign that it is okay. If you even suspect that you may have sprained your ankle, it’s important that you contact our Pooler, GA office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can examine your ankle and prescribe the correct treatment right away. Without prompt and complete rehabilitation, an ankle is unlikely to heal fully and repeated sprains are more likely.

Of course, the best scenario is not spraining your ankle in the first place. Keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent ankle injuries:

  • When the ground is wet, icy, or slippery, wear shoes that are appropriate for the conditions. Low or no heels and a good tread that helps grip the pavement are essential. Don’t make the mistake of just “running out for one thing” in heels or unstable shoes when ice is present. Failing to take a few minutes to change your shoes could result in a long-term disability.
  • Always look ahead when you are walking. Objects in your path, black ice, changing pavement heights, curbs and broken sidewalks are all primary twisting hazards.
  • Don’t carry so many bags that you can’t see what’s in front of you.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain strength and flexibility in your ankle and overall good balance.
  • Take care of any foot pain or other discomforts. In many instances, foot pain will cause you to alter the way you walk which can throw off your balance and lead to a fall. Make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330-8885.
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Reduce Weight/Reduce Foot Problems

Studies have shown obesity increases the risk of severe ankle sprains by nearly 50%. Being overweight puts significant stress on the bones in your ankles and feet. In addition to the correlation with ankle sprains, excess weight can have other serious foot health consequences, including increased risk for osteoarthritis and total joint replacement. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we recognize the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and in honor of National Nutrition Month we want to offer the following tips to help patients make smart diet choices: 

Not All Fats are Bad: Fat is actually an essential nutrient in our diets but there are fats that are harmful (trans fats and saturated fats) and those that have health benefits. Omega 3 fats can lower cholesterol and help your heart. Food rich in Omega 3 fats include walnuts, flaxseed and certain fish, including salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. Monounsaturated fats also support cholesterol and heart health and can be found in avocados, peanut butter, nuts and olive oil. When possible, substitute oil for butter or other solid shortenings.

Go Green and Orange: When it comes to vegetables, that is. Green and orange vegetables tend to be packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Think leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots and sweet potatoes. Experiment with different cooking methods as well as spices and seasonings. You may find you even like certain vegetables raw, grated into a salad or as dippers for hummus or salsa.

Read labels: There’s a wealth of information on the nutrition labels on foods. Check the portion size but make sure it is accurate for you. Serving size is based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet. If your recommended calorie intake is higher or lower than that you will need to adjust the serving size. You can also find the calories and amount of sugar, protein, fiber and other nutrients so you can choose foods that suit your dietary needs.

Our podiatrist, Leonard M. Talarico, DPM, believes in a total body approach to health. To learn more about how to be proactive in the care of your feet contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling 912-330-8885.










 

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