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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
May 24, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   hammertoe   callus   corns   orthotics  

One thing most patients know about bunions is how to identify them. The telltale bump on the side of the base of the big toe is easily recognizable. Beyond that, however, we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find that many myths abound about this common foot problem. Below are some true/false statements to help sort out fact from fiction: 

Tight shoes are the source of bunions.

FALSE: Bunions are actually the result of an abnormal foot structure and mechanical problem. This causes the big toe to drift toward the second toe, forcing the joint out of place. A bony protuberance forms at the base of the joint creating the visible bunion or bump. Wearing shoes that have a narrow toe box or are made of stiff materials, however, is the number one contributing factor to the formation of a bunion if your foot has the structural or mechanical abnormality.

All bunions need surgery so you should put off seeking treatment as long as possible.

FALSE: There are many nonsurgical options available and they are actually more effective when a bunion is in its early stages. Therefore instead of delaying treatment, you should make an appointment at our Pooler office as soon as you suspect that a bunion is forming.

Bunions will not heal without treatment.

TRUE: Bunions are a progressive condition and will only get worse as time goes on. However, each bunion is unique and yours may progress rapidly or slowly. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your foot and toe and probably take an x-ray to see how far the bunion has progressed as well as to track future progression. The podiatrist will suggest the optimal treatment plan to relieve painful bunion symptoms and slow the progression of the deformity. This may include the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone shots, icing, custom orthotics, exercises, night splints and padding.

There are other secondary conditions associated with bunions.

TRUE: The constant friction on the toe or toes due to pressure from shoes can result in corns. In some cases, patients develop a painful callus as well. If a patient with a bunion does not modify his or her shoe choices and get other treatment, a hammertoe (another toe deformity where the toe bends down into the shape of a hammer) may occur as well. Bursitis can also set it.

All bunions will benefit from early diagnosis and treatment so don’t wait—if you believe you may have a bunion, contact us at: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoe   corns   calluses   orthotic devices  

At The Foot and Ankle Center, PC we find that patients know how to identify a hammertoe by its telltale appearance but they don’t know much about what causes this deformity or how it can be treated. Below are some questions and answers about this common foot condition:

What causes hammertoe? Most of the time hammertoe (which can affect the second, third or fourth toe) is the result of a muscle/tendon imbalance that can occur in the toe due to a structural problem or a neurological change in the foot. If one toe is longer than the others and is constantly cramped in the shoes a patient wears that can also cause a hammertoe to form. Sometimes a hammertoe can be traced to an earlier trauma to the toe. The tendency for hammertoes can be genetic.

Are hammertoes painful? Yes, on a couple of levels. First the cramping of the toe causes pain in the toe itself but there are also secondary wounds that occur such as corns and calluses due to the friction from rubbing against footwear and the pressure put on the ball of the foot from the unnatural position of the toe. Balance can be affected as well.

Will hammertoes go away if left untreated? No. Hammertoe is a progressive condition. Although it may progress at different rates in different patients it will not disappear without treatment. As it progresses, the toe will become more rigid and difficult to straighten.

What treatment options are available for hammertoe? Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and toe and may order an x-ray to see the full extent of the deformity and to use as a gauge for tracking progression of the hammertoe. Once the foot doctor has determined the severity of your hammertoe he can prescribe treatment which may involve any or all of the following: medication, orthotic devices, shoe modifications and exercises. If you have corns or calluses padding may also be recommended to protect these areas.

Hammertoe is best treated in its early stages. If you notice this tendency with one of your toes, make an appointment at our Pooler office and let us help you get relief and prevent a more crippling condition from developing.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
July 28, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

6 Ways to Protect the Health of Your Feet

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico is an expert at treating all types of toe, foot and ankle injuries and disorders. For many disorders, however, the best treatment is prevention. By observing some simple steps you can help avoid many injuries and diseases that affect your feet and help ensure that they will get you where you want to go for many years to come.

  1. Follow a good foot care regimen. Inspect feet regularly and discuss any abnormalities or changes in the appearance of your feet or toenails.  Wash daily with a mild soap and dry thoroughly, especially between your toes.
  2. Never ignore pain. It’s the body’s way of communicating that there’s a problem. Continuing to walk on a foot that’s hurting will almost always result in more damage that will require longer and more intense treatment.
  3. Keep toenails trimmed properly. They should be short and straight across with no rounded edges to avoid ingrown nails.
  4. Invest in your footwear. Most podiatrists agree that the single biggest factor in good foot health is properly fitting footwear. Choose the right shoe for the activity you will be participating in and don’t wear shoes once they are worn out. Shoes that don’t fit properly or lack proper support contribute to hammertoe, bunions, chronic lateral ankle pain and many other disorders.
  5. Don’t go barefoot. From fungal nails to athlete’s foot to cuts and puncture wounds, keeping your feet covered will prevent many common foot ailments and injuries.
  6. Avoid “bathroom surgery” and home remedies. In many cases, these do more harm than good.

If you notice something unusual about your feet or you are experiencing any discomfort, make an appointment at our Pooler office to get your feet evaluated. Remember, nearly all foot and ankle conditions are more successfully treated and with less invasive measures if diagnosed in their early stages.










 

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