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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
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

If there’s a vacation in your near future we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to be sure you’ve packed everything your feet will need to be safe, healthy and ready to take you on every adventure you’re planning. It’s amazing how a few simple items in your suitcase can make or break your vacation by ensuring that foot pain or injury doesn’t put a damper on your summer plans. Here are the must haves:

  • A traveling shoe wardrobe. What this means is not a lot of shoes but rather a well chosen selection that suits the activities you will be doing. Start with a comfortable pair of shoes or sneakers for travel days. Whether you’re traveling by land, car or train, wearing shoes that will let you make the stops, starts and connections you need to do to get where you’re going pain-free is your first smart vacation move. If you have active travel plans, be sure to have shoes specifically designed for what you’ll be doing: hiking boots for mountain resorts, tennis, golf or other sport shoes, etc. Also include a pair of flip flops or shower shoes if you intend to use a public pool, changing area or gym while you’re away. Finally, save the high heels for special nights out—they put stress on your toes and forefeet and should be limited to no more than a few hours at a time.
  • Mini first aid kit. Even with the right shoes, things can still go wrong. Pack moleskin in case you’re out sightseeing and the shoes you’re wearing begin to rub on your skin. Also have bandages and antibiotic ointment to use if you develop a blister or minor cut or scrape on your foot.
  • Sun relief. Just like the rest of your body, the skin on your feet needs protection from UVB and UVA rays. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and also water resistant if swimming is on your agenda. Apply to tops and bottoms of feet.
  • Drink it up. While a water bottle may not seem like a foot health care item, staying hydrated will actually help flush excess fluid from your body and reduce swelling in your feet and ankles.

If your feet hurt for more than the first few days back from vacation, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and ankles and determine if an injury occurred or if you have a foot disorder that requires treatment.

 
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Ah, it’s the good, old summertime and at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we hope all of our patients have a chance to relax and enjoy these beautiful days.  We also want to remind you that summer can bring its own set of foot health challenges. Based on the conditions we see most often during the summer months, we’d like to offer these tips for keeping your feet safe and healthy while enjoying all the fun of the season:

  • Wear some kind of footwear at public pools, beach changing areas and rest rooms and any place else where others are likely to be walking barefoot. Fungal and bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are spread through direct contact. You can greatly reduce your risk of contracting one of these infections by keeping your feet covered.

  • Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet if you will be spending the day out in the sun. Not only is sunburn painful, it can also increase your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.

  • Pack more than one pair of shoes for vacation. Yes, it’s nice to travel light but it’s not good to wear the same pair of shoes for multiple days in a row. Shoes need a chance to air out to eliminate perspiration and dampness, which can lead to bacterial infections. Also, friction is created between your shoes and your feet as you sweat, which can create a blister. Varying your shoes will avoid an excess amount of pressure being applied to one spot.

  • Limit your time in flip-flops. Although convenient and comfortable, these popular summertime shoes provide no arch support and can leave you with aching feet and heel pain if worn on a regular basis. They have also been proven to be a tripping hazard for many patients.

  • Seek medical treatment promptly if you do injure your foot or notice anything unusual about the skin on your feet or your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back to summer fun in no time. Contact our Pooler, GAoffice for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: blisters   corns   calluses   bruises  

Most of the time we take our feet for granted.  When we consider all the hard work that are feet do, however, and what life looks like when our feet are not functioning properly and the limits that imposes on our active lives, it makes sense to invest some time in taking care of them. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we want to educate our patients about what makes feet healthy and how to spot changes that may indicate a potential podiatric concern. Below are 5 signs that your feet are healthy:

  1. Absence of discomfort and pain. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: pain is not normal. It’s not an inevitable consequence of aging. In many instances, pain is the result of repetitive pressure on your feet, improperly fitting footwear or being overweight. If you have pain but are unsure of its cause, let our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, evaluate your foot. Delaying treatment for foot pain almost always leads to worsening symptoms and a more difficult condition to treat.
  2. Good balance. Depending on your age, you should be able to stand on one foot with your arms outstretched to your sides and your eyes closed somewhere between 7 and 15 seconds. Good balance helps prevent falls.
  3. Flexibility. You should be able to flex all parts of your feet and toes without joint pain. Good tests of flexibility include being able to pick up a marble or small piece of cloth with your toes and being able to lower your heel off a step without pain.
  4. Normal appearance. Skin should be clear of rashes, redness, blisters and bruises. Swelling, change in the shape of your foot, corns and calluses may all indicate an underlying issue. Toes should all be straight and properly aligned.
  5. Full range of sensation. If you take the eraser on the end of a pencil and gently trace a line on the sides, bottom and top of each foot you should have equal feeling in all areas. Lack of sensation may indicate nerve trouble.

It takes only a few minutes on a monthly basis to check the above aspects of foot health. This small investment of time can have a big payoff in preventing debilitating and disabling foot problems. If you have any concerns about any part of your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our Pooler office. Not only will our foot doctor diagnose and treat your foot issue, he will also help you devise a health care regimen that will protect your feet and help you live the healthy lifestyle you love. Don’t put off getting a foot issue taken care of. Contact us today at: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: blisters   sweaty feet   vitamin E  

Did you know that if your feet are sweaty you are more likely to get a blister? That’s because blisters are caused by friction. When your feet are sweaty, fabric slides more easily over the skin and that can create a blister. Most of the time, patients don’t come to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC for blisters but if a blister gets very large and painful or if fluid leaks from it that is white or yellow, the blister may be infected and requires evaluation by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico.

Usually a blister will go away on its own. New skin will form under the blister and fluid built up inside the blister will be reabsorbed into the skin. Do not pop a blister. For comfort, apply vitamin E ointment or an aloe-based cream and cover the affected area with a bandage
until the fluid is reabsorbed.

Tips for Prevention

  • Change your socks whenever you feel that they are damp.
  • Choose socks that have heels—tube socks have a tendency to bunch up creating irritation to the skin.
  • Avoid shoes that rub anywhere on your foot—remember, shoes should fit well from the moment you buy them.
  • If you do notice an irritation on your foot caused by rubbing, put petroleum jelly over the area or cover with a bandage or moleskin. Do not continue to wear the pair of shoes that is causing the irritation two days in a row.
  • If you are renting shoes or skates for a sporting activity, take the time to get a pair that fits properly.

If a blister persists for more than a week or it seems to be spreading or getting red or warm to the touch, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.










 

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885