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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 24, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   hammertoe   callus   corns   orthotics  

One thing most patients know about bunions is how to identify them. The telltale bump on the side of the base of the big toe is easily recognizable. Beyond that, however, we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find that many myths abound about this common foot problem. Below are some true/false statements to help sort out fact from fiction: 

Tight shoes are the source of bunions.

FALSE: Bunions are actually the result of an abnormal foot structure and mechanical problem. This causes the big toe to drift toward the second toe, forcing the joint out of place. A bony protuberance forms at the base of the joint creating the visible bunion or bump. Wearing shoes that have a narrow toe box or are made of stiff materials, however, is the number one contributing factor to the formation of a bunion if your foot has the structural or mechanical abnormality.

All bunions need surgery so you should put off seeking treatment as long as possible.

FALSE: There are many nonsurgical options available and they are actually more effective when a bunion is in its early stages. Therefore instead of delaying treatment, you should make an appointment at our Pooler office as soon as you suspect that a bunion is forming.

Bunions will not heal without treatment.

TRUE: Bunions are a progressive condition and will only get worse as time goes on. However, each bunion is unique and yours may progress rapidly or slowly. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and toe and probably take an x-ray to see how far the bunion has progressed as well as to track future progression. The podiatrist will suggest the optimal treatment plan to relieve painful bunion symptoms and slow the progression of the deformity. This may include the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone shots, icing, custom orthotics, exercises, night splints and padding.

There are other secondary conditions associated with bunions.

TRUE: The constant friction on the toe or toes due to pressure from shoes can result in corns. In some cases, patients develop a painful callus as well. If a patient with a bunion does not modify his or her shoe choices and get other treatment, a hammertoe (another toe deformity where the toe bends down into the shape of a hammer) may occur as well. Bursitis can also set it.

All bunions will benefit from early diagnosis and treatment so don’t wait—if you believe you may have a bunion, contact us at: (912) 330–8885.

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, PC
September 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: callus   blisters   corns   diabetes  

A common mistake we at The Foot & Ankle Center PC see patients make is waiting too long before contacting the podiatrist to have a foot problem evaluated. Most injuries, diseases and conditions of the toes, feet and ankles have the best outcome if treated in their early stages. Below are some questions to ask to help you determine if you should call the doctor.

  1. Are you in pain? Persistent pain is never “normal” and it indicates a problem in your foot. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard Talarico, will want to know if the pain came on suddenly or gradually, if it is worse when you are active and on your feet, specifically where the pain is and what it feels like (dull ache, sharp, stabbing, etc.).

  2. Have you been treating a condition for over two weeks with no improvement? Although some minor conditions (athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails) can be treated with over the counter medications or home treatments, if the problem is not being relieved in a reasonable period of time this means a call to the doctor is needed. One caution: patients with diabetes should not attempt home treatment of even minor problems and should report any conditions to the podiatrist immediately due to the increased risk they have for ulcers, wounds and infections which could pose a major medical problem.

  3. Do you have severe cracking or peeling on the heel or anywhere on your foot? Not only can this be a sign of a more serious problem, it provides a gateway for bacteria into your body and should be treated as soon as possible.

  4. Have you noticed anything unusual about your foot? This would include size, shape, color or the presence of any lumps or bumps.

  5. Do you see any changes in your toenails or the skin of your foot? Thickening, crumbling or discolored nails can be a sign of fungal infection. For skin, change in color, swelling or dryness can indicate a problem.

  6. Do you have a blister, callus or corn? Oftentimes these “surface” problems are indicators of a bone or structural issue in the foot.

  7. Are there any signs of infection? These would include: red streaks coming from a particular area, swelling, redness, tenderness, warmth, pus or discharge—especially if any of these symptoms are accompanied by a fever.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, contact our Pooler office for an appointment at your earliest convenience by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.










 

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