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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 21, 2017
Tags: gout   uric acid   big toe pain  

Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., treats many different types of foot and ankle conditions, including gout. Gout happens when the feet joints become swollen due to a buildup of urate crystals in those particular joints. This condition can be extremely painful and should be treated with care. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 at the Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT so that we can ensure that your condition is treated correctly.

Gout occurs from crystal buildup due to excessive amounts of uric acid in the blood, which is produced during the digestion of certain foods and beverages such as meats, seafood, alcohol or those high in sugar. It affects the large joint of the big toe and other areas of the feet and ankles. Generally uric acid disperses in the blood and travels through the kidneys and eventually into the urine. However, if your body makes too large an amount of uric acid or if your kidneys don’t get rid of fast enough, it builds up and forms sharp urate crystals in the joints. This buildup is what causes severe pain and inflammation. The pain and any associated symptoms occur quickly and within 12 hours after the buildup begins. Please utilize our Patient Education resources to help manage this and other conditions and learn more about the symptoms of this condition.

Symptoms include a nagging pain at first, then sudden and severe pain, including swelling at the joint. Decreased mobility also occurs as this condition gets worse. To prevent the condition from evolving into a serious problem, treatment involves the use of appropriate medications to prevent current and future pain emanating from the excess buildup of crystals. Since complications may occur from this condition, it’s important to remember to follow some general guidelines to assist with mitigating its effects, such as avoiding alcohol or drinks like soda that contain high sugar, as well as meats. It shouldn’t be surprising that water is best to help with this condition. Exercising is also very helpful since losing weight can help with the processing of uric acids in your body.

This condition can cause severe pain and complications very soon after its onset. Please contact us today so that gout won’t ever agonize your feet again!

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 13, 2017
Category: ankle surgery

Ankle replacement surgery is an important procedure that is done to replace the injured bone and cartilage located in the ankle joint. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., is trained to accomplish this surgery with the utmost skill and care. Please utilize our Patient Education resources to help you better understand the fundamentals of foot and ankle health.

Ankle Joint Replacement uses synthetic joint parts, otherwise referred to as prosthetics, to act as a substitute for your bones. The degenerative condition of arthritis that affects the ankle joint happens as the cartilage of the joint substantially wears down. When the cartilage has deteriorated to a greatly reduced level, bones grind on each other when the joint moves. This severely limits mobility and causes pain. Relief through medicines or braces may be used but may not provide the relief necessary to mitigate severe pain. If these treatments are not enough to stop ankle degeneration, ankle replacement would be the best option for providing relief. Ankle replacement swaps the damaged portions with metallic and plastic implants and, tendons are put back into place. The surgeon who performs this procedure will make a cut in the front portion of your ankle to reveal the ankle joint and will then move the tendons, nerves, and blood vessels to the side. After all this, the damaged bone and cartilage will be removed, replaced and stitched up. You may contact us right away to find out if you’re a good candidate for this surgery.

This procedure is generally a great option since you will retain ankle motion. During the recovery period, there may be a need for a cast or brace to prevent the ankle from moving since movement immediately after surgery can damage the newly placed implants. After the recovery period has taken its course, ankle mobility will return, without the annoying arthritic pain.

Please feel free to call our offices at (860) 632-5499 at the Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. We will ensure that your ankle receives the treatment it deserves.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 07, 2017
Tags: sprained ankles  

Sprained ankles directly affect the ligament that connects the bones to the joint in your foot. As you can imagine, this type of injury can be painful. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition and help to alleviate your pain. You should contact us right away if you believe you’ve suffered a sprained ankle.

 

Ankles are joints where the tibia, fibula and talus connect. Ankles sit on top of the heel bone. They are very important to the overall mobility of the foot since they allow the foot to turn at a moment’s notice. Moreover, tendons connect muscles and move the ankle joint. Ligaments are tough structures that surround joints. When any of these three are damaged, the ankle suffers and a sprain may result. 

 

When sprains happen, the ankle joint is suddenly compelled to move outside its typical range of movement. This can happen from an abnormal step or a sudden twist by the foot. Ankle sprains that involve injuries to the ligament incur damage when they are over-stretched. When an ankle ligament is damaged due to stretching or tearing, it can swell and bruise, causing severe pain. 

 

The majority of sprains should heal after a few weeks; however severe sprains may take much longer. The severity depends on the level of the stretch. Tears will generally require an extended recovery time due to the nature of injury.

 

To prevent ankle sprains, you should perform exercises that strengthen your ankle and the surrounding muscles around it since they stabilize the ankle and help with balance. Stability and balance will help to prevent ankle sprains from occurring at the most vulnerable parts of the ankle. If an injury does occur, the general treatments to be utilized first are plenty of rest, use of ice, compression and raising the ankle. Furthermore, use of heat, strenuous exercise or massages should be avoided during recovery. 

 

Call our offices for an appointment at (860) 632-5499 at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. We will ensure that your ankle stays in top shape throughout the recovery process.

 
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 31, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus   diabetics  

Fungus toenails are quick to form and quicker to lead to complications. In healthy people, toenail fungus is usually the result of fungus from moist areas. Gyms, swimming pools and nail salons are usual sources. Nail salons in particular may not have the proper sanitization techniques to prevent spreading fungus. Damp shoes also contribute to this condition. Those who frequently perform physical activities that result in repetitive impact to the toenails could damage them and make them more susceptible to fungus infections. Diabetics are at an increased risk of having complications from fungus due to their lowered ability to fight off infections. 

 

Adam  Mucinskas, D.P.M. can treat toenail fungus. You can visit podiatrist Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CTToenail fungus is thankfully not highly contagious. Constant and prolonged contact may cause an individual to contract toenail fungus, but it’s not something that can happen in an instant. Toenail fungus should not be neglected. By contacting us, you can take the first step to combat this condition.    

 

Many different types of fungi can affect nails. Trichophyton rubrum is a commonly contracted fungus that infects the skin around the toenail. There are a variety of treatments for fungus nails. One such method is to trim the nails, which reduces the level of fungi in your toenails. Medications are a very important way to combat toenail fungus. However, topical medicines are generally not as effective as oral types in fighting this type of condition. The reason for this is because toenails are thick and the creams do not pierce it enough to reach the fungus. Recovery time can take up to a year and it may not be noticeable if the fungus has been eliminated. The reason it can take a year to determine if the fungus is gone is because it takes time for the nail to completely grow out. Conversely, surgical treatment may be necessary to remove the entire nail if the previously mentioned treatments do not work. Although this method is not the preferred procedure, it may be necessary if you don’t seek medical treatment during the early stages. Call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment.

 
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: diabetes   orthotics   neuromas   nerve damage  

Neuromas are disrupting to the general health of your foot and ankles. When they occur, the outer nerves in your feet feel numb. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can successfully treat this condition if you are experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT   

 

The pain caused by neuromas is very noticeable and can feel like you're standing on a pebble, a feeling of hot discomfort in the ball of your foot that can extend to your toes or a numbness in your toes. Neuromas can be very serious and are benign growths of nerve tissue generally located between the third and fourth toes, caused by the frequent rubbing of the toes against each other. Dropping heavy objects on the toes or severe trauma may also cause damage to the nerve, causing inflammation of the damaged nerve. It’s important to avoid trauma to the toes as it can be a precursor to a neuroma when recovery is not handled correctly. Surgery may be required as treatment to remove the nerve in question. Other types of treatment are orthotics or ultrasound. Massaging the ball of the foot is comforting, as is soaking in hot water followed by ice treatment. 

 

The usual complaint with neuromas is pain occurring between the toes when walking. The best form of relief for those experiencing this pain is to stop walking, remove your shoes and massage the area in pain. The ball of the foot should always be massaged since this action could help reduce pain. Hot water, followed by rubbing the foot and subsequently treating it with ice can be used to treat neuroma symptoms. Surgery may be required in severe cases to eliminate the neuroma by removing the enlarged nerve. Patients with diabetes must be especially careful because symptoms intensify due to nerve complications.

 

Neuromas can become a serious problem when not treated right away. Numbness and burning sensations are common. Please contact us online or call us at (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get the best treatment offered by Dr. Mucinskas now.    





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