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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Do’s and Don’ts for Slippery Conditions

Luckily, here in Pooler, GA we don’t get as much snow and ice as our friends up north but that’s also partly why we see so many fall injuries at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC when the roads get a little slick—we are not used to dealing with slippery surfaces. When we do get one of those days when a wintry mix is falling, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind to help you avoid a dangerous winter spill:

Do: keep you hands free—if they are shoved in your pockets to
keep warm or carrying packages you will not have them
available to help maintain your balance or
break a fall if you do start to go down.

Don’t: automatically choose your usual route—look to
see which path into your office, store or home is
least covered in ice or snow and pick the clearest way in.

Do: leave yourself extra time to get where you’re going. If you’re rushing that means you’re not taking the time to look down and pay attention to the parking lot and sidewalk condition. Trying to move in a hurry will cause you to lose your balance. Be a few minutes late and avoid the ankle sprain!

Do: wear shoes with waffled or textured soles for better traction. Carry your work or party shoes and change when you get inside.

Don’t: be afraid to ask for help. A steadying arm as you cross the parking lot or help carrying packages can help you safely get where you’re going.

Do: check hallways and stairs once you’re inside a public place. Others coming in before you may have tracked in snow or slush creating a slick surface inside.

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in slippery weather. If you do fall or twist your ankle, watch for swelling and bruising which, along with pain, are signs of a sprain. Contact our office at 912-330-8885 for an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to get your ankle evaluated and treated if necessary.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 03, 2016
Category: Senior Foot Pain
Tags: Bunions   Hammertoes   Arthritis   falling  

Secret Cause of Senior Falls

Although no one wants to go to the doctor, putting off treatment for a toe, foot or ankle condition can have severe consequences. Not only will most conditions worsen, leading to greater disability, but foot pain is a leading cause of senior falls. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we urge all our patients--but particularly seniors--to not delay in seeking an evaluation for foot problems. When you’re in pain, you tend to walk differently in an attempt to avoid putting pressure on painful areas. This leads to tripping or losing your balance and can cause you to fall. We see this happen to patients with several conditions including:
• Hammertoe
• Bunions
• Corns or calluses
• Arthritis

Not as Bad as You Think
The irony of the situation is that in many instances, the treatment for a foot issue is way simpler than you imagine. Ourboard certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico has a good deal of experience in treating all of these and other conditions that seniors typically face. An examination of your foot, possibly accompanied by an x-ray or other imaging study will often lead to a prompt diagnosis. In many cases shoe modification, padding or orthotics can relieve pain and improve your ability to walk normally and comfortably.

More Ways to Prevent Falls
In addition to taking good care of your feet and dealing with problems in a timely manner, there are other ways to reduce fall risk.These include:
• Wearing properly fitting shoes with a good tread and avoiding high heels and flip flops
• Exercising to maintain and improve flexibility, range of motion and balance
• Removing tripping hazards inwalk ways in your home such as loose rugs and mats, plant stands, electrical cords and piles of papers or magazines
• Putting non-slip grips on stairs and in the tub and shower
Foot pain is not an inevitable part of aging. By taking good care of your feet you can keep up an active lifestyle and help prevent dangerous falls. As a senior, if you have any particular concerns or questions about your feet, please contact our Pooler office for an appointment.


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