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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 18, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: bunions   surgery  

Bunions form on the toes and are very unsightly! Thankfully our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide safe treatment to alleviate your pain. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Treatment will help to relieve pain, eliminate the bunion and stop it from returning.

Bunions are skeletal bumps that form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. They form because of the pressure exerted when your big toe pushes against the adjacent toe. This causes your big toe joint to get larger and protrude outwards. Generally, the skin covering a bunion will be red. Wearing close-fitting, slender shoes may agitate bunions. Designer shoes with narrow toe boxes can push big toes inward. Raised heels can also cause bunions because the big toe stays bent and budding toward the adjacent toe, causing the lower bones to push out. Bunions can also be genetic or the result of a medical condition such as arthritis.

Natural bunion treatment may involve toe spacers that can help restore toes to the normal position. If natural treatments cannot stop the formation of large bunions, surgery can help position the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. After surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are used to help with recovery. Surgery generally includes the following:

  • Realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe. The tendons around the big toe are thereafter repaired.

  • Alleviating pain.

  • Correcting malformation of the toes and foot.

Recovery can take a few months to a year. Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery for severe conditions. Tight fitting shoes should also be avoided after surgery for maximum recovery.

The earlier bunions are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have bunions that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: corns  

Corns can be a real bummer in your daily routine because they cause significant foot pain, especially when pressure is applied. They usually occur when the skin of the foot rubs against the inside of your shoe.  Thankfully our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide safe treatment to alleviate your pain. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.   

Corns are a nasty surprise once you realize they’re on your feet. They usually form on the top of feet and often are curved in shape. They can also occur when a bone is not in the usual place and skin trapped between the bone and shoe rubs and the outer layer of the skin condenses. The skin thickens for protection from the unusual pressure. Corns can become a severe problem if they become infected which can hurt normal tissue or reduce foot movement. Hard corns form at the top of the little toes because these areas are generally where poorly fitting shoes are inclined to rub the greatest. Soft corns can occur between toes and stay soft because of the sweat in those areas. These types of corns are however very susceptible to becoming infected, so be careful!

Several herbal treatments for corns include the following:

  • Rubbing the infected area with pineapple.

  • Oil of oregano can also be used.

  • Rubbing vinegar on the site.

  • Eating foods rich in fiber can also have a healthy effect.

If you develop corns, it’s best to visit us to avoid severe foot complications, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. If you are experiencing corns, contact us online to make an appointment as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by us and you will notice a change for the better!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Condtions

Heel pain can seriously impact your daily routine. In particular, plantar fascia (the ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes) is usually the cause of heel pain when it gets weak or strained. If left untreated, it can tear and get seriously painful. Thankfully our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can alleviate this chronic heal pain if you happen to be experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.     

With each step, the plantar fascia and other foot muscles work to assist with forces on the arch. Plantar Fascitis occurs when there is frequent stretching in this area causing inflammation at the base of the heel. Stretching, rest and shoe inserts can help alleviate the pain, but those who routinely stand all day for work end up with significant injuries because of the damage done to the heel. Stretching is by far the preeminent treatment for plantar fasciitis as it can help to alleviate weight off your foot until the original swelling dissipates. You can try applying ice to the swollen area for 30 minutes four times a day to reduce your symptoms. Prescriptions for anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may also be called for; yet, exercises to stretch the plantar fascia are still the best of treatments.

In particular, the following exercises can significantly help to reduce heel pain:

  • Stretching toes
  • Stretching the calf
  • Towel curls

As you can see, heel pain left undiagnosed can lead to severe foot injuries, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. Dr. Mucinskas has unique experience in this area. If you are experiencing chronic heel pain, please contact us online to make an appointment as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by Dr. Mucinskas today.

            

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   foot support  

Proper support for your feet can make a lasting difference. Without proper support, uneven weight distribution to the feet could occur. In particular, orthotics can help prevent severe conditions and correct unequal weight distribution spread across the feet. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help you with a custom feeling orthotic. Come and visit Dr. Mucinskas at the Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT

 

Orthotics help feet maintain an unbiased position which helps your knees and lower back line up correctly. This will help the body to function correctly and decrease potential pain. They can even help reduce knee pain because it’s related to the arch not maintaining the joint in an unbiased position. Custom orthotics support the arch to prevent unequal weight distribution that can cause uneven pressure along the foot. These pressure points may lead to swelling that can cause substantial un-comfort. Orthotics can help to spread your weight consistently along the foot and reduce pressure points, and help the rest of the body to heal. Our orthotics will help to reduce pressure points at the heel and spread body weight over the entire surface area of the foot.

 

Our use of state of the art technology allows us to provide your feet with a custom feeling orthotic that will act to minimize pain unique to your feet. By using our orthotics, you will help to minimize heel pain brought about by unequal pressure points. 

 

For those experiencing uneven pressure points in their feet, we will provide you with the best chance of preventing serous pain by fitting you with a custom orthotic tailored to fit the curves of your feet. Contact or make an appointment with our offices by calling as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to visit Dr. Mucinskas to receive the best option for treatment and pain reduction.

    

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 22, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: hammertoes   orthotics  

Foot pain can seriously impact your daily routine. In particular Hammertoes are a bending of the toe at the initial joint. If left untreated, it can lead to immobility of the foot. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition and potentially prevent major surgery. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.     

Hammertoes are deformities of the toe and occur with higher frequency in women, about 80 percent, because women tend to wear high heels and narrow shoes that lead to bending in the center of the joint. 

 

     The following can be helpful in preventing this condition from forming:

 

  • Wearing shoes with soft materials or open toe shoes.
  • Have popular shoes stretched around the toe box. 
  • Self-help exercises can prevent the joint from bending in an unnatural way.
  • Silicone pads or foot inserts with custom orthotics can help alleviate pain.

 

     There are several surgical treatments that may be helpful:

 

  • Removal of parts of the toe joint that’s stopping the deformed toe from straightening. 
  • Re-routing of the tendon so the toe can be straightened and ease the joint pressure.
  • Shorten the bone so that extra space can be made for the toe to fill in footwear. 
  • Removing part of the joint, which will reduce pain and allow the bones in the toe to grow in a natural manner.  
  • Implanting orthopedic products can to fix deformities. 

 

Recovery should not take very long for general procedures, but more complicated treatment requiring the use of pins or screws may compel the need for several months of healing time. 

 

As you can see, Hammertoes if left untreated can lead to mobility issues, especially for women. If you are experiencing Hammertoes, please, contact or make an appointment with our offices by calling as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get the best option for treatment and recovery. 

    





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