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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
June 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and bone health is directly related to good foot health. The bones in your feet carry your entire body. In patients with osteoporosis the body either doesn’t produce enough bone, loses too much bone or a combination of the two.  For your feet, this means an increased risk of stress fractures due to repetitive activities such as walking and also greater chance that a fall or sprain will also result in a bone fracture. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be happy to discuss your personal risk factors for this bone weakening disease at your next appointment. One thing all patients can do to help improve bone health is to pay attention to diet. Below are ways that you can increase bone strength through what you eat (or don’t eat):

  1. Increase dairy—Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products contain high amounts of calcium—the most important nutrient for building stronger bones.

  2. Add a green veggie to your plate—many greens are excellent sources of calcium including: broccoli, kale, okra, collard greens, turnip greens, broccoli rabe, bok choy and mustard greens.

  3. Choose cereals and juices that are fortified—check the labels and you’ll find that many brands of cold cereal, oatmeal and orange juice all have calcium and vitamin D (which helps the body absorb calcium) added to them.

  4. Go fish—fish oil and fish high in omega-3, such as salmon can also play a part in making bones stronger. In addition, certain fish are also good sources of calcium. These include: rainbow trout, sardines and perch.

  5. Cut back on caffeine—studies show that caffeine can impede the absorption of calcium and cause bone loss. Limit coffee, tea and sodas with caffeine to 2-3 servings a day.

  6. Add a supplement—there are other vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy bones. Consider a vitamin supplement to help ensure you get enough of the following: vitamin K, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin C.

If you have more questions about bone health and your feet make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
August 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: stress fractures  

Stress FracturesStress fractures are notoriously misdiagnosed and under treated. In many cases, symptoms may persist for an extended period of time before the diagnosis of a stress fracture is even made. That’s because stress fractures don’t typically occur from an unforeseen trauma, as with a sprain, but rather from repetitive stress.

Stress fractures are tiny, hairline breaks in the bones. They can occur in any bone, but most often afflict the weight-bearing bones of the lower leg and foot. Athletes are especially susceptible to stress fractures, as this common injury is often a problem of overuse.  It frequently results from overtraining and high impact sports, such as running, basketball and tennis.  People with abnormal foot structure or insufficient bone may also be more vulnerable to suffer a stress fracture.

Pain is the primary symptom of a stress fracture. In the early stages, the pain may begin toward the end of an activity and resolve with rest. Untreated, the pain will eventually become persistent with minimal activity.

The most common symptoms of stress fractures include:

  • Pain with or following normal activity
  • Pain at the site of the fracture
  • Tenderness and swelling at a point on the bone
  • Pain intensified with weight bearing

Rest, ice, compression and elevation are recommended as an initial treatment plan for stress fractures. You should also minimize all weight bearing activities until you have fully recovered. Other treatments may include immobilization of the foot, footwear modifications, orthotic devices and in some severe cases, surgery. Rest is the key to a full recovery, and returning too quickly to normal activity may result in more serious damage.

Overuse injuries and stress fractures aren’t completely unavoidable, but you can take extra care to help prevent stress fractures from occurring. Remember to increase any activity or training program slowly and gradually.  Wear supportive footwear with good cushioning to help manage the forces placed on your feet and legs during high impact activities.   If pain or swelling returns, stop the activity and rest for a few days.

Stress fractures come on gradually and may not present obvious symptoms at first, so it’s important to recognize the early warning signs to prevent further damage.  If you suspect a stress fracture, contact our Pooler office right away for an evaluation. Proper diagnosis is essential to prevent further damage and improve recovery time as stress fractures tend to get worse and may even lead to a complete break if not treated right away. A podiatrist will examine your foot or ankle, take an x-ray to determine if there is a break or crack in the bone, and recommend an appropriate treatment plan for optimal recovery.










 

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