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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 11, 2018
Category: Ingrown toenails
Tags: ingrown toenail  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we often see foot conditions that are far worse than they need to be because patients attempted to treat themselves using “folk remedies.” One in particular that seems to have a lot of false information surrounding it is the ingrown toenail. There are several possible causes for this condition, including:

  • Trauma—stubbing your toe or having a heavy object fall on it can force a nail to grow inward
  • Heredity—the tendency toward ingrown nails can be genetic
  • Tight shoes and socks—footwear that squeezes the toes together can increase the likelihood of an ingrown nail
  • Poor nail care—toenails need to be cut straight across with no rounded edges and not so short that the corners are easily covered by the skin surrounding the nail
  • Other nail problems—certain conditions such as fungal infections can increase the risk of nails becoming ingrown

Chances are, if a toenail is ingrown you’ll know it. The skin around the ingrown nail will usually get red and very tender. It can also become swollen and hot and rather painful. In some cases, bacteria may enter the opening made by the nail into the skin and cause an infection.

If this occurs, you should contact our podiatry office in Pooler, GA by calling: (912) 330–8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, may suggest that you soak the nail in warm water several times a day and gently try to massage the nail out of the skin. In more severe cases, a minor surgical procedure (done in office) can remove the part of the nail that is ingrown.  

Do not try any of these so-called remedies:

  • Placing a cotton ball under the nail. This provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow and develop an infection in your toe. It will not reduce the pain.
  • Cutting a notch in the nail. Popular myth says this reduces the tendency for the nail to curve downward. Not only does it not, it often results in a bad cut and infection that is more debilitating than the ingrown nail.
  • Repeatedly trimming nail borders. This will not change the way the nail grows and actually increases the chances of it growing inwardly.

Your best bet is to leave the medical treatment to the professionals.

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
March 28, 2018
Category: Women's footcare
Tags: Morton's Neuroma   fractures   heel   bunion  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we couldn’t let March end without recognizing Women’s History Month and taking a moment to be grateful to all the amazing and gifted women who have contributed to this great nation. In honor of all our female patients, we thought it was fitting to spend some time talking about foot problems that particularly affect women and how to prevent them.

Plantar Fasciitis—as is so often the case, the choice of footwear can greatly impact your podiatric health. Women who frequently wear ballet slippers, flip flops or other shoes with little or no arch support put excess stress on the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue that stretches along the bottom of the foot from heel to toe. When this occurs the result is pain, sometimes severe, in the heel and arch of the foot.

Bunions--although the primary cause of a bunion is a biomechanical defect (often inherited), shoe choice here again can affect the severity and progression of this disorder. In this case, it’s high heels and shoes with narrow, pointed fronts that are the culprits. These shoes squeeze the toes together and can help force the big toe to shift towards the second toe in patients with the structural abnormality.

Osteoporosis—it’s estimated that 1 out 2 women over the age of 50 will be affected by this disease that causes bones to lose mass and become more vulnerable to fractures. Your feet are often the first place to manifest these fractures. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, has seen many cases where a woman experiencing pain in the forefoot is diagnosed with a stress fracture, the source of which turns out to osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium and doing regular weight-bearing exercise are two ways to help prevent low bone mass.

Morton’s Neuroma—pain, tingling, burning or just an uncomfortable sensation in the ball of the foot are all symptoms of this disorder. It occurs when a nerve at the base of the toes becomes aggravated and inflamed. Why is this particularly an issue for women? Many professional women who wear heels to work and then enjoy running as a sport are delivering a one-two punch to the ball of the foot. Heels push your foot forward, putting pressure on the ball and the repetitive pounding of the same area on the foot from running can easily lead to inflammation and pain.

If you are experiencing symptoms of any of the above problems or have other unexplained foot pain, contact The Foot & Ankle Center, PC at our Pooler, GA office today at (912) 330 - 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 20, 2018
Category: Nutrition

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? You may not think about your feet much when it comes to choosing the foods you eat, but at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want patients to know that your diet can most definitely impact your podiatric health. Make the healthy choices below to improve foot health:

Build Strong Bones—your feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your body! That’s a good reason for ensuring that your diet contains an adequate amount of calcium. Calcium requirements vary depending on your age and sex, but your physician can tell you the amount to strive for. Food sources for calcium extend beyond the better-known dairy products of milk, yogurt, and cheese. Try adding swiss chard, almonds, tofu, dried figs, oranges, and products fortified with calcium to your diet to boost calcium in a variety of delicious ways.

Decrease Inflammation—cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower), fatty fish, dark leafy greens and many berries and fruits actually contain antioxidants and other nutrients that can reduce the inflammatory response in your body. This can help relieve or control symptoms of arthritis, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, tendonitis and other foot conditions that have pain and swelling associated with them due to inflammation.

Reduce the Risk of Foot Disorders—one way to reduce both the risk and severity of many feet and ankle problems is by maintaining a healthy weight or even taking off pounds if you are overweight. For example, for every pound you lose, you reduce the stress on your knee joints by four pounds. After all, your feet and ankles carry the weight of your entire body. It makes sense that the less you weigh the less pressure you are putting on your lower extremities. In addition, people who are not overweight are more likely to be physically active, which improves flexibility and range of motion in your feet.

Of course, food choices are just one part of caring for your feet. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office (912-330-8885) so our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can assess your condition and make the appropriate treatment recommendations.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: injury  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we see many patients with foot and ankle injuries. The actions that patients take immediately following an injury can have a significant impact on the start of the healing process and ultimately the length of time a full recovery will require. It’s important that you seek medical care at our Pooler, GA office as soon as possible after hurting your toe, foot or ankle. While you wait for your appointment, you can employ the RICE regimen to help make yourself as comfortable as possible and start the healing process.

Rest: What’s the first thing you should do after you hurt your foot? Stop! Immediately leave the field or court if you are playing a sport. If you are just walking or doing another everyday activity, get off your feet. Sports slogans such as “no pain, no gain,” and “play through the pain” have created a false and dangerous impression of how to respond to pain. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something has gone wrong. Continuing to bear weight on an injured foot or ankle is a surefire way to increase the damage and perhaps even cause an additional injury.

Ice: Icing the injured area will accomplish a couple of things. First, it will make you feel better by reducing the pain. Second, icing will help control the swelling—the first step in the recovery process. The proper way to ice an injury is to apply ice or an ice pack wrapped in a towel—never apply ice directly to the bare skin—for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. You can do this 3 or more times a day.

Compression: applying a compression wrap to the affected area will reduce swelling as well. It will also provide some support for the injured part of your foot and increase circulation, another key to speedy healing. You can use a compression wrap in conjunction with or after icing.

Elevation: Raising your foot above the level of your heart will help reduce the swelling and allow the extra fluid to be taken up by the rest of your body.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will assess your injury and prescribe the best course of treatment to restore the full function of your foot. Call The Foot & Ankle Center, PC at (912) 330–8885 to schedule your appointment and, in the meantime, use RICE to relieve symptoms. 

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