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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.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Day and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC would like to use this opportunity to address this important topic for our senior patients and those who love them. Did you know it’s estimated that every 11 seconds an older American is treated in the emergency room for a fall? One quarter of adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Even in cases where a fall does not result in serious or permanent damage, it can leave an older adult feeling anxious and depressed and cause them to withdraw from fulfilling activities with family and friends. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent falls. Below are some suggestions:

Take Care of Medical Needs

Falls can be directly linked to foot problems. Neuropathy or other nerve conditions that decrease sensation in the feet can affect balance and cause missteps which lead to tripping and falling. Changing your gait or the position of your foot when you walk or stand in response to foot pain also increases fall risk. Toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes as well as arthritic conditions that limit joint range of motion can also be contributing factors. The bottom line is, if your feet hurt, make an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to let him examine your feet and treat the source of your podiatric disorder.

In addition to foot health issues, don’t neglect eye exams to ensure your vision is not impeded and also have your doctor or pharmacist periodically review your medications to prevent interactions that can cause dizziness, lightheadedness or balance issues.

Conduct a Home Assessment

Use this checklist to make sure that the home environment is not setting you or a loved one up for a fall:

  • Do tubs and showers have handrails and non-slip surfaces?
  • Are stairwells, bathrooms, hallways and other areas inside and outside the home well lit?
  • Take a walk through the home—are their piles of papers, electrical cords, magazine racks or potted plants on the floor? How about throw rugs?
  • Do stairs have railings on both sides?

Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Finally, maintain a healthy weight, eat a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium to keep up bone strength and exercise regularly. This will keep you in good physical condition and reduce the risk of falls.

If you have concerns about senior foot health, contact our Pooler, GA office today by calling: (912) 330– 8885.

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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