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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips

Getting a professional pedicure is a treat many of our patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC enjoy. The risk for foot and toenail infections, however, can be great if the proper precautions are not taken. Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and other bacterial and viral infections are spread by direct contact. Take the following steps to protect your feet and nails at the salon:

  • Check that the salon you are using is licensed by the state cosmetology board or health department. A certificate showing that the salon has met the appropriate standards should be prominently displayed.
  • Be sure proper sanitation procedures are being used on clippers, cuticle trimmers, and other tools used on your feet. Tools should be taken from a sanitizing machine or liquid or individually wrapped. Better yet, bring your own tools.
  • Don’t shave your legs for 24 hours before getting a salon pedicure. Tiny, microscopic cuts in the skin caused by shaving can provide an entry point for bacteria and allow an infection to develop.
  • Don’t walk barefoot in the salon. Bring your own flip flops and wear them when walking to and from the pedicure chair.
  • Be sure whirlpool baths are washed thoroughly between clients or that a disposable, plastic insert is used and replaced after each customer.
  • Don’t allow the staff to use a razor on your foot to remove calluses. It’s best to have cuticles gently pushed back and not cut as well.
  • Check the overall condition of the salon. Is the floor swept? Is the bathroom clean? Are towels or seats stained? Are the hands and nails of the cosmetologists clean? If you have a sense that salon is not up to par in the cleanliness department, go someplace else for your pedicure.

Learn to recognize the signs of fungal and bacterial foot infections. Red, itchy, rashes on the skin and nails that are discolored, chipping away or thickening are signs that you need to make an appointment at our Pooler, Georgia office (912-330–8885) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can take a look and prescribe the proper treatment if you do have an infection.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 08, 2018
Category: Toenail Fungus

At this time of the year your feet may not be out in the open and on display, but in a few short months, it will be time for open-toed shoes and sandals. Don’t let unsightly fungal toenails make you embarrassed to show your feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat many patients with this common infection.

Signs and Symptoms

At first, a fungal nail may not be an obvious cause for concern. You may not feel any pain or discomfort. Over time, you will notice the nail becoming darker and discolored. The nail may thicken and debris will collect under the nail plate. Often times, fungal nail infections will lead to a secondary bacterial or yeast infection which will be painful and cause the nail to emit a foul odor. Those who have an immune-deficiency condition or chronic diseases such as diabetes or circulatory problems are more susceptible to fungal nail infections, as are those with a history of athlete’s foot.

Avoiding Infection

Fortunately, there are steps you can take that will help prevent toenail fungus. These include:

  1. Keep feet dry. Change socks whenever you notice that they are damp.
  2. Use shower shoes in public places like community pools, nail salons, gyms and changing areas at the beach.
  3. Don’t wear socks, hosiery or shoes that are too tight.
  4. Apply a talcum-based foot powder each morning.
  5. Trim nails straight across and do not allow the nail to extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  6. Disinfect home pedicure tools and only use professional salons that follow proper sanitizing procedures for foot baths and tools or bring your own tools.

In addition, develop a good foot hygiene routine. Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap. Dry completely. Use this opportunity to inspect your feet and look for any signs of fungal nails or other abnormal changes in your feet, skin or nails. These should be reported to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, so he can evaluate them and determine if treatment is needed. Ask the foot doctor about other ways that you can be proactive in caring for your feet. Contact our Pooler, Georgia office at (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

One of the pleasures of summer is getting a professional pedicure with the season’s newest color for a pretty look to wear with open-toed shoes and sandals.  If the salon you choose, however, is not following proper sanitizing procedures you may end up leaving with something that wasn’t part of the beauty package: fungal toenails or a bacterial infection. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer these tips to ensure that your pedicure is safe as well as attractive:

  1. Tools of the trade—since fungal and bacterial infections are spread by direct contact, it’s important that the pedicure tools used (clippers, files, cuticle cutters and pumice stones) are all  sterilized between clients. The best way to do this is ensuring that the salon uses an autoclave machine which kills germs with hot steam and pressure. Liquid sanitizers are okay but instruments need to be immersed for at least 10-15 minutes to kill off the majority of germs. The safest bet is buying and bringing your own set of tools to the salon—that way you know you are the only one using them.

  2. Check the tubs—whirlpool tubs at the salon come in two varieties: piped and pipeless. The pipeless ones are safer because fungi and bacteria cannot get stuck in the pipes that cannot be seen from the outside of the tub. Don’t be afraid to ask at your salon which kind they use. In addition, you should see the technicians clean the tubs after each client.

  3. Wear flip flops—bring your own flip flops to wear after your nails are polished. Never walk barefoot at the nail salon.

  4. Shave safe—it’s best not to shave your legs 24 hours before receiving a professional pedicure. Shaving creates tiny cuts in the skin which can be easy access points for bacteria from the whirlpool tub.

  5. Trim properly—be sure that when the nail technician cuts and files your toenails that they cut straight across and not round the corners. Rounded nails encourage nails to grow into the adjacent skin, resulting in an ingrown toenail.

Know the signs of a fungal toenail: discoloration, thickening of the nail and crumbling at the edges. If you notice these signs or anything unusual about your toenails, contact us for an appointment at our Pooler, GA  office so that our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can examine your nails and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Ah, it’s the good, old summertime and at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we hope all of our patients have a chance to relax and enjoy these beautiful days.  We also want to remind you that summer can bring its own set of foot health challenges. Based on the conditions we see most often during the summer months, we’d like to offer these tips for keeping your feet safe and healthy while enjoying all the fun of the season:

  • Wear some kind of footwear at public pools, beach changing areas and rest rooms and any place else where others are likely to be walking barefoot. Fungal and bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are spread through direct contact. You can greatly reduce your risk of contracting one of these infections by keeping your feet covered.

  • Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet if you will be spending the day out in the sun. Not only is sunburn painful, it can also increase your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.

  • Pack more than one pair of shoes for vacation. Yes, it’s nice to travel light but it’s not good to wear the same pair of shoes for multiple days in a row. Shoes need a chance to air out to eliminate perspiration and dampness, which can lead to bacterial infections. Also, friction is created between your shoes and your feet as you sweat, which can create a blister. Varying your shoes will avoid an excess amount of pressure being applied to one spot.

  • Limit your time in flip-flops. Although convenient and comfortable, these popular summertime shoes provide no arch support and can leave you with aching feet and heel pain if worn on a regular basis. They have also been proven to be a tripping hazard for many patients.

  • Seek medical treatment promptly if you do injure your foot or notice anything unusual about the skin on your feet or your toenails. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back to summer fun in no time. Contact our Pooler, GAoffice for an appointment by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.


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