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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
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
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
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 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoe   corns   calluses   orthotic devices  

At The Foot and Ankle Center, PC we find that patients know how to identify a hammertoe by its telltale appearance but they don’t know much about what causes this deformity or how it can be treated. Below are some questions and answers about this common foot condition:

What causes hammertoe? Most of the time hammertoe (which can affect the second, third or fourth toe) is the result of a muscle/tendon imbalance that can occur in the toe due to a structural problem or a neurological change in the foot. If one toe is longer than the others and is constantly cramped in the shoes a patient wears that can also cause a hammertoe to form. Sometimes a hammertoe can be traced to an earlier trauma to the toe. The tendency for hammertoes can be genetic.

Are hammertoes painful? Yes, on a couple of levels. First the cramping of the toe causes pain in the toe itself but there are also secondary wounds that occur such as corns and calluses due to the friction from rubbing against footwear and the pressure put on the ball of the foot from the unnatural position of the toe. Balance can be affected as well.

Will hammertoes go away if left untreated? No. Hammertoe is a progressive condition. Although it may progress at different rates in different patients it will not disappear without treatment. As it progresses, the toe will become more rigid and difficult to straighten.

What treatment options are available for hammertoe? Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and toe and may order an x-ray to see the full extent of the deformity and to use as a gauge for tracking progression of the hammertoe. Once the foot doctor has determined the severity of your hammertoe he can prescribe treatment which may involve any or all of the following: medication, orthotic devices, shoe modifications and exercises. If you have corns or calluses padding may also be recommended to protect these areas.

Hammertoe is best treated in its early stages. If you notice this tendency with one of your toes, make an appointment at our Pooler office and let us help you get relief and prevent a more crippling condition from developing.










 

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