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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
June 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care

June is Men’s Health Month and at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to take this opportunity to talk about an important men’s foot issue: diabetic foot careA recent study showed that men with diabetes were less likely than women to engage in proper foot self-care. Being proactive about diabetic foot health can help prevent debilitating foot problems and serious medical threats, including amputation. Below are some areas men fell short in and why it’s essential to make them part of a diabetic foot care plan:

  • Checking feet regularly—a big concern for diabetic patients is developing sores or ulcers on the feet. Two conditions associated with diabetes—neuropathy (or nerve damage) and poor circulation—make ulcers much more dangerous for the diabetic patient. Once a sore develops, poor circulation makes healing slower and more difficult, greatly increasing the risk of infection and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy decreases a person’s ability to perceive pain, burning and other sensations that would indicate a problem on the foot before it’s a full-blown ulcer. That’s why self checks are so important. Inspecting feet daily to look for changes in color, shape, swelling, lumps or bumps, bruises, red marks or blisters can help the foot doctor head off a potential issue before it becomes a risky sore or wound.

  • Drying between the toesathlete’s foot is a common condition that can lead to blisters and open wounds. Most often this infection begins between the toes and loves damp, dark conditions. Not drying between your toes and then putting on socks and shoes creates the perfect environment for fungi and bacteria to thrive.

  • Properly trimming nails—toenails need to cut straight across and not to short to prevent ingrown nails, which provide a gateway for bacteria to enter the body.

  • Limiting time walking barefoot—a puncture wound or trauma to the foot or toes is much more likely to occur if you are barefoot. Fungal and bacterial infections are also spread by direct contact so flip flops or shower shoes when you are in public places will help protect your feet from athlete’s foot and fungal nails.

If you are a patient with diabetes and have additional questions about how to properly care for your feet, make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 - 8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will examine your feet and help you develop a foot health care regimen that will reduce the risk of diabetic complications and help you maintain the active lifestyle you love.










 

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