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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

April is Foot Health Awareness Month and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to let our patients know that healthy feet don’t happen by accident. There are many ways to be proactive about the care of your feet that are not difficult or time-consuming. Below are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your feet and ankles remain in tip-top condition:

  1. Get in the habit of examining your feet on a regular basis. Look for changes in color or temperature. Pay attention to peeling or cracking skin, blisters, or changes in toenails such as thickening or discoloration as these could all be signs of a fungal infection. Monitor moles for differences in appearance and note any growths on your feet or deformities developing in toes. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can greatly reduce the severity of foot problems.
  2. Clean your feet every day with soap and water and dry completely, paying particular attention to the space between your toes.
  3. Keep nails trimmed straight across, not too short and with no cut or curved corners which can lead to ingrown toenails.
  4. If you have diabetes, leave all care of nails and feet that require cutting to a professional to limit the risk of wounds. Schedule regular checkups with the podiatrist to monitor your condition.
  5. Buy shoes that are the right size (get professionally measured) and that are no higher than 2 inches in the heel. Be sure the toe box is not too narrow. Squeezing toes together can cause bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities to develop.
  6. Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. Sports shoes are designed for the movement a particular sport requires of your feet and ankles.
  7. Avoid going barefoot, even at home. This will reduce the risk of injury and puncture wounds.
  8. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet when at the beach or pool or even when you are wearing open shoes and will be outside for long hours at a time.
  9. Alternate your shoes.
  10. If you are experiencing any foot pain or discomfort, contact our Pooler, Georgia office as soon as possible by calling: (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can examine and treat your foot ailment promptly. Foot pain is never normal and should not be ignored.
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 06, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care
Tags: diabetes   ulcer  

If you’re a patient with diabetes you know firsthand the importance of detecting and treating any potential wound or symptom that could develop into an ulcer. But foot infections are a risk for patients who do not have diabetes or autoimmune diseases as well. Necrotising fasciitis (flesh eating virus) and vasculitic ulcers (caused by an inflammation of micro blood vessels in your lower legs and feet) are two examples of conditions that can result in wounds. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we believe in a whole body approach to health care. In addition to the medications and therapies the foot doctor prescribes, you can speed healing of wounds and infections by boosting your immune system through the foods you eat. Below are 5 foods to add to your menus:

Garlic—it’s not just in vampire movies that garlic wards off bad things. Turns out it is rich in antioxidants and also has chemicals which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Yogurt—if you choose brands that have live and active cultures you will be increasing the functionality and overall ability of your immune system. You’ll also get a shot of Vitamin D, another immune system booster.

Chicken—poultry contains two components that improve your body’s ability to fight infection. It is rich in zinc which can help produce new white blood cells and control inflammation, thereby increasing the efficiency of your immune response. It also contains iron, used to carry oxygen to your cells.

Kale—this leafy green is chock full of vitamin C. Long known as a defense against the common cold and other illnesses, vitamin C it turns out actually helps to replenish other antioxidants in your body as well.

Cauliflower—a vegetable rich in antioxidants in general, cauliflower has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. It contains glutathione, an antioxidant that is particularly known for fighting off infections and choline, a chemical that improves cell health.

If you believe you have a foot or other lower extremity infection your first step is to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment. Follow all the foot doctor’s instructions and do what you can to improve your immune response by eating the foods above, getting plenty of rest and keeping up your fluids.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

A condition that patients come to us with at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC that can be a little tricky to diagnose at first is tarsal tunnel syndrome. The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space on the inside of the ankle near the ankle bone that houses veins, arteries, tendons and nerves. When a nerve in the tunnel known as the posterior tibial nerve gets squeezed or compressed, it can result in pain and discomfort. The problem is that the pain can manifest in a number of different ways. Symptoms include tingling, burning or a feeling similar to an electrical shock, pain (at times shooting) and numbness. These symptoms may come on suddenly and can be felt on the inside of the ankle, the bottom of the foot or both. For some patients the sensations may be confined to one particular spot, while in others they may include the toes, arch, heel and calf. Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome are often related to overuse—beginning a new exercise program or increasing the intensity of an existing one; prolonged periods of standing or walking. Other causes include:

  • Flat feet
  • Another structure in the tunnel that has become enlarged and is compressing the nerve, such as a cyst or varicose vein
  • Disease such as arthritis or diabetes that are associated with swelling
  • An ankle injury

Getting Relief from Nerve Pain

Once our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, diagnoses tarsal tunnel syndrome there are several treatment options available. Conservative measures include:

  • Resting the injured foot to allow for healing and prevent further damage
  • Oral or injection medications to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Icing the painful area
  • Immobilizing the foot with a cast
  • Custom orthotic inserts to give arch support and reduce pressure on the nerve
  • Physical therapy to alleviate symptoms
  • Bracing

In some cases a surgery to relieve the compression is the best way to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome. Your foot doctor will review treatment options with you and determine the best plan for you. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel symptoms, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment today by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetes  

If we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC told you there was one step you could take that would speed healing of foot and ankle injuries and infections, reduce your risk of disease and decrease the likelihood of complications from diabetes and other diseases that affect the feet, would you be interested? Well, there is: stop smoking. Cigarette smoke makes your circulatory system less efficient because it narrows the blood vessels thereby restricting the flow of blood to your feet (as well as the rest of your body). Smokers who quit enjoy the benefits above and also experience reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, decreased blood pressure, greater lung capacity and a return to a full sense of smell and taste.

The Great American Smokeout, which takes place each November, is the perfect time to make a decision or renew your effort to stop smoking. Below are some do’s and don’ts that can help:

Do: be clear on why you want to quit. Make a list of all the reasons why you want to stop and the fears you have about what will happen if you continue to smoke. Writing these all down will help cement your decision and also serve as a motivator when you feel your determination flagging.

Don’t: put yourself in situations where others are smoking, at least not initially. You should also remove all smoking paraphernalia, including lighters, ashtrays, etc. from your home, car and workplace. Wash clothes and household items that smell like cigarette smoke.

Do: plan ahead for ways to get through nicotine cravings. Call a friend, go for a walk or bike ride—have an idea in place for what you will do if a craving hits. Stock up on oral substitutes as well such as hard candy, lollipops and carrot sticks.

Do: get some support. Today there are phone and computer apps and phone help lines in addition to actual support groups for people trying to quit. You can also enlist the aid of a family member or friend (or several people, for that matter) to be there for you to talk to when you need encouragement.

Don’t: give up if you slip up. It’s natural for long-time smokers to back slide, take a couple of puffs off someone else’s cigarette or even give up completely for a time before finally kicking the habit. Remind yourself of how long you were able to go without smoking. Analyze what was working and where you had the greatest difficulty and try again.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, believes patients need to be proactive in the health of their feet. If you have other questions about your podiatric matters, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885.










 

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