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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 04, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

Sometimes when the symptoms are vague and not constant or acute we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC find that patients are reluctant to come in to the office to have their feet examined. Unfortunately, that can lead to more serious foot problems that then require more invasive treatment and longer recovery times. One such condition is chronic ankle pain or discomfort. Below are 3 myths and why you shouldn’t believe them:

“It’s probably nothing.”

If you experience ongoing symptoms, it’s probably not nothing. Pain, stiffness, swelling, “wobbliness” and difficulty fully extending your ankle can indicate a number of serious ankle disorders including: osteochondritis, chronic lateral ankle pain, chronic ankle instability, arthritis, Lyme’s disease, nerve damage or an undiagnosed bone fracture. If you’ve had repeated ankle sprains in the past, there’s also a chance that scar tissue has formed which is now causing you ankle pain, or that your ankle did not fully heal from a previous sprain. All of these issues require medical diagnosis and treatment.

“There’s nothing that can be about it.”

Actually there’s quite a bit that can be done. Once our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard A. Talarico, examines your ankle, gets your medical history and takes an x-ray (or other imaging study), he will be able to determine the source of your ankle discomfort. If something is broken, the ankle will need to be immobilized to give the bone time to heal. Other chronic ankle conditions can benefit from physical therapy, which can retrain muscles and ligaments and also strengthen muscles that support the ankle. If weakness is an issue, the foot doctor may recommend that you wear an ankle brace to prevent future twisting. Finally, pain relief and decreasing the swelling of the ankle can be achieved with medication.

“It only happens after I walk, play tennis, ______________ (fill in the blank) so I don’t think it’s worth getting checked out.”

Any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles is essential to get checked out. Delaying medical treatment can result in a worse situation. In some cases, chronic ankle injuries that are left untreated will eventually need surgical repair. Don’t take a chance. Contact our Pooler, GA office in West Chatham county today for an appointment 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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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885