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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 15, 2017
Category: Toe Pain

A common condition that patients bring to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is an ingrown toenail (also known as onychocryptosis). An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of a toenail curves down and digs into the skin. This causes the toe to become swollen and red. It can be quite painful, and, if the nail actually pierces through the skin an infection can develop.

Why Do Ingrown Toenails Form?

Improper trimming of toenails is the main cause ingrown nails. When nails are cut too short the skin tends to flap over the nail and the nail starts to grow into the skin. Other causes of ingrown nails include:

  • Pressure from shoes that are too tight or short in the toe box; wearing socks that are very tight can also increase the risk of ingrown toenails.
  • An injury or trauma to the toe.
  • Fungal infection
  • Heredity
  • Faulty foot structure

Treatment

When you first notice the nail has started to grow into the skin you can soak the foot in warm soapy water s

everal times a day and then try to gently massage the nail out of the skin. If this does not work, you will need to come into our Pooler office for treatment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your toe and can perform a simple procedure known as a partial nail plate avulsion, which removes the  ingrown part of the toenail after anesthetizing the toe. If you notice any drainage or pus from the nail or you have a fever it is very important that you call our Pooler office immediately at: 912-330-8885 because this may indicate that an infection has developed and the foot doctor will need to prescribe an antibiotic to treat it. Too many patients suffer unnecessarily with ingrown toenails because they fear the treatment will be very painful. Don’t delay, the treatment is not painful and you will wonder why you waited so long after it’s done.










 

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