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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 04, 2018
Category: Injury Prevention

It’s a new season and that means new sports for children and adults as well as changes in fitness routines. Here at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to see that our patients get off on the right foot. Below are a few simple steps will help you prevent sports injuries and hit your stride early in the season:

  1. Assess your fitness level. Be honest: have you or your children spent the winter months in a more sedentary fashion? If yes, then it’s important to prep for the upcoming sports season by getting muscles warmed up. Before practices begin or you start a new running program, spend some time walking, stretching and just generally being more active. Injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and even stress fractures in the foot are often the result of a sudden increase in activity and strain on the feet and ankles.
  2. Examine your shoes. For children, it’s inevitable that the pair of shoes they used for softball or tennis last year is not going to fit this year. For adults, you should inspect the tread of your shoes and look for any tears or rough spots. Shoes that are overly flexible (able to bend completely in half or twist all the way around) will not support your foot and need to be replaced.
  3. Deal with chronic foot problems. If you have bunions, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle instability, or another ongoing foot issue, have your foot examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, before starting a new exercise activity or sport. The foot doctor will check to see if a chronic foot condition has progressed and also be able to make recommendations about shoes or custom orthotics that may increase comfort and performance.
  4. Choose the right program. Make sure that the program you or your child is embarking on follows sound exercise principles and safe training protocols. There should be warm-ups and stretching before and after activity. Workouts can be challenging but not push a person to the point where they are in pain or at risk of injury. Inspect field, court or other surfaces where the activity will take place and speak up about repairs necessary to prevent trips, falls and ankle sprains.

If, as you start a new sport or fitness plan, you experience recurring pain or other symptoms, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arthritis   Gout   orthotics  

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults are affected by arthritis? Arthritis is the top cause of disability in our country and every year it’s the reason for 172 million missed work days. With 33 joints in each of your feet and ankles, arthritis is clearly a podiatric concern. In honor of National Arthritis Awareness Month we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC want to make sure our patients recognize the symptoms of this debilitating disease.

Types and Symptoms

Arthritis is a broad term that describes over 100 inflammatory joint conditions. The two most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis is the most familiar type of arthritis. It is caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage that occurs as we age. Rheumatoid arthritis is the more serious of the two. It is a complex group of disorders that affects the entire body.

General symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Ongoing or recurrent pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
  • Redness or a feeling of heat in the joint
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Skin rashes or growths around the affected joint(s)

Diagnosis and Treatment

Of course, inflammation and pain in the joints can point to other foot disorders too. That’s why it’s important if you have any of these symptoms that you schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. The foot doctor will do a complete examination of your foot and ankle and test your range of motion. X-rays may also be ordered to get a more complete picture.

There are several treatment options for arthritis, including physical therapy, medication, orthotic devices and even dietary changes (if you are overweight or suffer from the arthritic condition of gout). The sooner you seek treatment the sooner the podiatrist can diagnose your condition and put you on the road to relief. Contact our Pooler office for an appointment today by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

Have you begun to notice a burning sensation in your feet pretty much all the time? While we all have days where our feet burn and ache after we’ve spent many hours on them, it is not normal to experience this on an ongoing basis. This condition is something we see frequently in patients at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC and can be a sign of a more serious problem. There are many possible reasons for this annoying symptom. In most cases, burning feet are associated with a nerve problem. It is also more likely to occur in patients who are over the age of 50. Other possible causes of burning feet include: 

Getting Relief

Patients whose feet feel like they are on fire more often than not should schedule an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico in our Pooler office. Until your appointment, you can try to relieve the burning feeling by taking the following steps:

  • Avoid standing for long periods of time
  • Be sure that your shoes fit properly and provide adequate support for your feet (if you have any questions about the best type of shoes for your unique foot structure, ask the foot doctor)
  • Take daily foot baths
  • Choose cotton socks over synthetic fibers for better breathability
  • Put shock-absorbing insoles in your shoes (the podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics to correct mechanical foot problems)

Don’t delay in scheduling an evaluation of your burning feet. The best time to diagnose and treat most podiatric problems is when they are in their very early stages. Contact us by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

One day as you are putting your sock on you feel a lump in the arch of your foot. Your first response should be to contact us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC to make an appointment for an evaluation. In many cases, what our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, finds is a condition known as plantar fibroma.

What is it?

Plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot that forms in the plantar fascia—a long of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from you heel to your Doctors don’t really know what causes a fibroma to develop. The news is that they are not malignant, however, they don’t usually go without treatment. A plantar fibroma may develop in one or both feet once it’s in the arch of the foot it may remain the same size or grow. fibromas can develop in the same foot.

Is Treatment Necessary?

The podiatrist will examine your foot and manipulate the area where the plantar fibroma is located. A biopsy or MRI may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment depends on the size of the fibroma and the level of discomfort experienced by the patient. For some people fibromas cause no pain. In others the pressure from shoes pushing into the arch of the foot causes considerable discomfort. Non-surgical treatment options will not eliminate the fibroma but may cause it to shrink and reduce the pain associated with it. These options include:

  • Steroid injections—this may help shrink the mass and thus relieve the pain. However, the fibroma may slowly grow back to its original size.
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics—these work well if the fibroma is stable and not growing. An orthotic insert can redistribute the patient’s weight and shift pressure away from the arch

Surgical options are available if a patient does not get relief from any of the more conservative measures. But the side effects of these procedures must be weighed and consideration given to the fact that fibromas have a high rate of reoccurrence. If you believe you may have a plantar fibroma, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885. 



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