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Pooler, GA   31322

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Do you find your initial enthusiasm for getting in shape in 2018 is starting to flag? At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we find that many patients start off strong with a new exercise routine right after New Year’s but by the end of the month are calling us with foot and ankle complaints. Below are some do’s and don’ts to help you stay on track with your fitness goals:

Do: get any old injuries or chronic foot problems checked before immersing yourself in a new fitness routine. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will evaluate the current condition of your feet and ankles and make recommendations about the best ways for you to get in shape without harming your feet. Some conditions such as flat feet or plantar fasciitis may require an orthotic insert to make exercise comfortable.

Don’t: try to do too much too soon. Patients who start exercising after being inactive for a significant period of time need to begin slowly and gradually build up the intensity and duration of their workouts. Many foot disorders such as Achilles tendonitis and shin splints are directly related to sudden increases in activity.

Do: inspect your footwear. If you plan to use sports shoes that you already own, be sure that they are appropriate for the activity you plan to do (running shoes are designed differently from tennis sneakers, for example) and that they are in good shape. Shoes that are stretched or have loose stitching or other signs of wear can cause an injury. Many good intentions to get in shape have been derailed by a painful blister caused by a shoe that doesn’t fit properly.

Do: warm up before and after you work out. Properly preparing your muscles for exercise and then cooling down and stretching will safeguard your feet and ankles from injuries.

Don’t: forget the water bottle. Staying hydrated will help reduce the risk of swelling (edema) in your lower legs and ankles and increase your comfort level during and after exercise.

Don’t: ignore pain. If, despite taking all of the above steps, your new exercise plan is causing you pain in your toes, ankles or feet, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912)330-8885. We’ll help you determine the source of the pain and get you moving forward with your exercise goals.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 14, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Pain   swelling   Sesamoiditis  

Unless you’re in the medical profession or you can remember back to your anatomy and physiology class, you may not be familiar with sesamoids. These tiny bones occur only in a few places in the body and what makes them unique is that they are connected only to tendons or embedded in muscle. In your foot, the sesamoids are on the bottom of your foot up near the big toe. No bigger than a corn kernel, these bones create a smooth surface for the tendons to glide over as they pass on muscle forces. The sesamoids in your feet enable you to elevate the big toe bones and they also help with weight bearing. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat patients whose sesamoids have fractured or become irritated--a condition known as sesamoiditis.

Sesamoids Gone Bad

Sesamoiditis is actually a form of tendonitis and when excessive and repetitive is exerted on the sesamoid they can become inflamed or injured. That’s why it’s a disorder we frequently see in runners, baseball catchers and ballet dancers. Signs of sesamoiditis include:

  • Pain in the ball of your foot or under the big toe
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty bending and straightening the toe

Getting Relief

If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment at our Pooler office. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and also ask questions about your medical history and recent activities. If sesamoiditis is the diagnosis, the foot doctor will want you to take a break from the activity that is putting pressure on the sesamoids. In addition, the podiatrist will most likely recommend one or more of the following noninvasive treatments:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce 
  • pain and inflammation
  • Icing the bottom of your foot
  • Steroidal injections to decrease swelling
  • Padding or cushioning in your shoes to protect and limit stress to the affected area
  • Using low-heeled shoes that have soft soles

Contact us by calling: 912-330-8885 if you suspect you may be suffering from sesamoiditis.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 03, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

Summertime means relaxing days and vacation trips and we at The Foot & Ankle Care Center PC want our patients to enjoy these lazy, hazy days and keep your feet safe and healthy at the same time. Summer activities present some special challenges to foot health. Here are some you should be aware of:

Sunburn—your feet stay covered for most of the year, making it even easier for the skin on your feet to get burned by strong summer rays. Be sure to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet when tanning to help prevent burns and decrease the risk of skin cancer which can occur on the foot just as on other parts of your body.

Ankle sprains—wearing flip flops that don’t provide good foot or ankle support, running or playing games on shifting sand and participating in summer pick-up games after a sedentary winter can all increase the risk of your ankle turning and causing a sprain. Be sure to wear the right shoe for the summer activities you will be doing. 

Fungal infections—fungi and bacteria that cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other infections love to hang out poolside and in changing areas, gyms and improperly cleaned foot baths at nail salons. For this reason it’s important to keep feet covered and avoid direct contact with possibly contaminated surfaces.

Swelling—Heat and long days on your feet can leave you with painfully swollen feet. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush excess fluid from the body. Also, if you are pregnant or prone to swollen feet, try to find some moments during the day to put your feet up.

Medical treatment—if you injure yourself (on vacation or at home) be sure to seek professional medical care promptly. Contact our Pooler office and make an appointment to see our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M.Talarico. The foot doctor will promptly diagnose the injury or other cause of your foot pain and prescribe the treatment you need to get back on your feet and enjoying your summer










 

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