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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 14, 2018

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we treat patients of all ages. One group that has its own unique conditions and concerns are children. Children are very active, not always very concerned with good hygiene, and their feet are growing and developing rapidly. These characteristics make them more prone to these specific foot health issues:

Plantar Wart—caused by the human papilloma virus, these warts usually develop on the bottom of the foot. You may not notice a wart in this location until your child begins to complain of pain in the foot. Plantar warts grow deep into the skin and can make it uncomfortable for your child to walk or stand. Warts (along with athlete’s foot and fungal infections) are spread by direct contact. Encourage your child not to go barefoot (especially in public places) and not to share shoes, socks, towels and other items that touch another child’s feet.

Ingrown Toenails—children tend to peel the tips of their toenails off rather than wait for a parent to trim them. This can result in a nail that starts to grow down and into the skin. Children’s feet grow very fast and often times they may be wearing shoes that are too tight for a while before a parent realizes they need a bigger size. This squeezing together of the toes also increases the risk for ingrown nails. If the nail actually breaks the skin an infection can develop.

Pediatric Flatfoot—when children are toddlers and first begin to walk, the arch of their foot is not always obvious due to baby fat. In young children, an arch should be visible but flat feet can be difficult for a parent to detect. An awkward appearance when your child runs or walks may be a tip-off as well as complaints of cramping or pain in their feet, knees or legs.

Sever’s Disease—not actually a disease at all but rather a painful inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel. Sever’s disease most often affects children between the ages of 8 and 14 and can be caused when there is excessive and repetitive stress on the heel from sports or other activities.

“Growing pains” are a myth and no pain in the foot is normal. If your child says they have pain in their feet or ankles or you notice them limping, walking strangely or not wanting to participate in physical activities, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will diagnose the problem and prescribe the correct treatment to get your child back to the active life they love.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 01, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care

If you or someone you love is diabetic you are probably well aware of issues associated with the disease that can impact the health of your feet: neuropathy or decreased sensation can make it difficult to perceive pain or irritation that can signal a wound, and poor circulation can impede the healing process. You can, however, take steps that will significantly decrease your risk of foot complications associated with diabetes. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’d like to suggest the following tips in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month:

  1. Get in the habit of checking your feet daily. Report any changes in color, size, shape, or unusual bruising, skin rashes, redness or bumps to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, right away. Sometimes, due to decreased circulation, the first sign of an irritation that can develop into a wound is visual.
  2. Avoid going barefoot. Even if you are home, walking barefoot greatly increases your risk of stepping on a sharp object or injuring your foot by banging it or dropping something on it. At the gym or community pool, wear flip flops or shower shoes to avoid direct contact with surfaces that may harbor fungi or bacteria that can cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails or other infectious conditions.
  3. Don’t smoke. Smoking has a negative effect on your circulation. With your feet being the part of your body that is furthest from your heart, they are also the most impacted by circulatory issues.
  4. Choose shoes that have plenty of room for your toes. This will help prevent ingrown toenails and toe deformities such as bunions. Inspect your shoes periodically to make sure they are not wearing out to prevent tripping injuries. Also, check the inside of your shoes for rough spots, loose eyelets, etc. that could rub and cause irritation to the skin.
  5. Keep feet dry. If you tend to sweat excessively, plan to change your socks multiple times throughout the day. This will help prevent fungal infections from developing. You can also use a foot powder in the morning before putting on your socks.

Your podiatrist is your partner in managing your diabetes and how it affects your feet. Regular appointments with the foot doctor should be part of your health plan. To learn more, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want our patients to get back to basics—basic foot care that is. We spend a good deal of time watching what we eat, taking good care of our heart, sharpening our mind, etc. but it’s just as essential to be proactive in caring for your feet—after all they’re responsible for getting you where you want to go and performing even the most minor daily tasks. Here are some ways to ensure they stay healthy:

  1. Practice good hygiene. Wash your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. Make sure you dry your feet completely (especially between each toe) and apply a talcum or anti-fungal powder if sweating is a concern.

  2. Get in the habit of doing foot checks. When’s the last time you really looked at your feet?! By paying attention to the shape, color, and skin and nails of your feet you are more likely to notice changes, even subtle ones that can signal the beginning of a foot disorder. Lumps, protrusions, peeling or blistering skin, brittle nails as well as changes in temperature are all symptoms to discuss with the podiatrist.

  3. Reduce your risk of injury. Try to avoid or severely limit your time barefoot. You are more likely to experience an injury or come in contact with a fungal infection if feet are not covered. Wear shoes that fit properly and discard them when they are worn out to decrease the risk of falling or twisting an ankle. Apply sunscreen at the beach and when wearing open shoes (yes, the skin on your feet is susceptible to skin cancer too).

  4. Take care of toenails. Always trim straight across (not curved) and not too short to help avoid ingrown nails.  (If you have diabetes or circulation problems, do not trim your own nails.)

  5. Don’t attempt “bathroom surgery.” Trying to cut out an ingrown nail, remove a wart or using old folk remedies can often cause more harm than good and add a bacterial infection to whatever else you’re suffering from.

Last, but perhaps most important, remember that foot pain is not normal! If you are experiencing soreness, chronic pain, stiffness, limited range of movement or any discomfort with your toe, foot or ankle, it’s time to have our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico take a look. Contact our conveniently located Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care

It’s that time of year: children are heading back to school and the age-old ritual of buying new shoes is taking place in families throughout the greater Savannah region. The shoes you choose can have a big impact on the health of your child’s feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’d like to offer some helpful tips on getting the best shoes for your child:

  • If your child has flatfeet, in-toeing, out-toeing, a foot or toe deformity or he or she has had an injury to the foot or ankle, contact our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico for a consultation. The foot doctor can provide information on the type of shoes that will best protect your child’s feet and give them the necessary support to help with any existing conditions.

  • Get your child’s foot measured by a footwear professional. Remember that it’s not uncommon for one foot to be larger than the other. Always buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.

  • Have your child try on both shoes and spend a bit of time walking in them before making a purchase. Shoes should feel comfortable in the store—a “breaking in” period is a myth.

  • Allow for growth. There should be a finger’s width of space between the end of the longest toe and the inside of the shoe. Don’t buy shoes that are too large, however, as then the foot can slide around causing blisters and ankle turns.

  • If your child is participating in a sport, buy shoes designed specifically for the activity they will be doing.

  • Avoid hand-me-down shoes as the shoe molds to the shape of the foot of its wearer.

  • Choose shoes made of breathable materials that allow for air to circulate. This will help reduce the risk of fungal infection.

  • Remember to check your child’s shoe size often as little feet can grow quickly—as much as two sizes in 6 months! Replace shoes as soon as they are worn out.

If you have additional questions concerning the health of your child’s feet, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 03, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Summertime means relaxing days and vacation trips and we at The Foot & Ankle Care Center PC want our patients to enjoy these lazy, hazy days and keep your feet safe and healthy at the same time. Summer activities present some special challenges to foot health. Here are some you should be aware of:

Sunburn—your feet stay covered for most of the year, making it even easier for the skin on your feet to get burned by strong summer rays. Be sure to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet when tanning to help prevent burns and decrease the risk of skin cancer which can occur on the foot just as on other parts of your body.

Ankle sprains—wearing flip flops that don’t provide good foot or ankle support, running or playing games on shifting sand and participating in summer pick-up games after a sedentary winter can all increase the risk of your ankle turning and causing a sprain. Be sure to wear the right shoe for the summer activities you will be doing. 

Fungal infections—fungi and bacteria that cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other infections love to hang out poolside and in changing areas, gyms and improperly cleaned foot baths at nail salons. For this reason it’s important to keep feet covered and avoid direct contact with possibly contaminated surfaces.

Swelling—Heat and long days on your feet can leave you with painfully swollen feet. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush excess fluid from the body. Also, if you are pregnant or prone to swollen feet, try to find some moments during the day to put your feet up.

Medical treatment—if you injure yourself (on vacation or at home) be sure to seek professional medical care promptly. Contact our Pooler office and make an appointment to see our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M.Talarico. The foot doctor will promptly diagnose the injury or other cause of your foot pain and prescribe the treatment you need to get back on your feet and enjoying your summer










 

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