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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 20, 2017
Category: foot surgery

Foot reconstruction is an important and necessary procedure once the foot has become nonresponsive to conservative forms of treatment in certain situations. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to develop the best reconstruction treatment plan for your feet at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Call our offices at (860) 632-5499 and review the Patient Education library on our website for more substantive information about this procedure.  

Foot reconstruction surgery is a huge procedure and is therefore undertaken as a last option. When foot deformities produce discomfort, and have you struggling when walking, other complications such as corns, calluses or other wounds may result. Significant deformities are usually caused by flatfeet, high arches, arthritis or severe traumatic events.

Conservative treatment for many foot conditions includes orthotics, wearing proper shoes and using other foot support devices. Reconstructive surgery, if elected, will involve moving bones into optimal locations, lengthening or relocating tendons and the fusing of bones. Complications that may eventually lead to this procedure are:

  • Bunions.
  • Pediatric defects.
  • Flat feet.
  • Foot fractures.
  • Injuries sustained during high intensity activities.
  • Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
  • Heel Spurs.
  • Infections.

This procedure’s main goals are to reduce severe pain and to once again reestablish a normal foot function. The type of reconstruction surgery to be utilized is determined by age, the specific complication and the advancement of symptoms. For example, a form of surgical reconstruction involves cutting the heel bone to reposition it in the best location via a screw mechanism. This type of surgery can help to place the heel bone in the best position to support the arch. Metal plates may also be used to increase the arch. Due to the seriousness and the many positive benefits that foot reconstruction surgery can have on your feet, please contact our offices to receive a comprehensive consultation and a potential reconstruction treatment plan. We can help restore your normal foot functions and get your feet back on the road to being the way they once were!

 

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 15, 2017
Tags: calluses   orthotic inserts  

Calluses form in respond to repeated pressures being placed upon the skin of the foot. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to reduce your calluses with precision and care at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT. Be sure to give us a call at our offices at (860) 632-5499 and visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about what you can do to prevent calluses from forming.  

Calluses develop as portions of thickened skin on the feet caused by friction. Their purpose is to act as protective mechanisms of the skin so that it is a barrier to deeper injuries. This condition is usually found on the sole of the foot or on the heel because they are the areas of the foot that endure most of the pressure produced from walking or running. Those who do not wear shoes when required can cause this condition to form on the bottom of the foot. Calluses can also form when there is an abnormality in foot wear that causes brushing against the skin of the foot, when the toe box of the shoe is small or when females wear high-heeled shoes. To avoid this from happening, shoes with wide toe boxes, greater deepness, and lower heels (where applicable) should be worn.

Other options include trimming the excess skin if there is no infection present, use of orthotic inserts to counteract any deformity in the foot leading to the development of this condition and surgery if there needs to be a realignment of the bone to prevent ongoing friction from occurring on specific areas of the foot. If there are other complications that form as a result of calluses, ongoing inflammation or fever, antibiotics will have to be utilized.

Due to the potential pain and complications that calluses can cause, please contact our offices to receive an accurate consultation. We'll develop a treatment plan that can relieve your feet from the pain and discomfort of calluses.

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 09, 2017
Tags: hammertoes   orthotics  

Hammertoes cause discomfort to your feet because they cause pain and can lead to significant deformities if not treated. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has the experience and knowledge necessary to treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our office at (860) 632-5499 and don’t miss our Patient Education section for more detailed information about this and many other conditions to keep you up to date with how to care for your feet.

 

Hammertoes can cause toes to buckle due to the toe’s middle joint bending unnaturally. As usual, improper foot wear can help to cause this condition and also make it worse. This condition causes pain in the small toes, especially the one closest to the big toe, and makes the toe’s joint become set in a bent position. Specifically, pressure and friction occur on the toes against the insides of shoes. A hammertoe is caused by unevenness in the tendons that regulate the toes by straightening and bending them. This can be due to severe trauma caused by an injury or poorly fitting shoes. 

 

When hammertoes are not treated on a timely basis, they become worse and can develop calluses or corns due to the increased friction when the bent toes rub against the inside of the shoes. This can severely hinder mobility. Treatment for this condition involves using footwear that do not squeeze or place pressure on the ball of the foot as well as use of custom orthotics to provide support. Physical therapy can reduce the tightness in the tendons and build back the muscles in the feet affected by this condition. Surgery may be needed to loosen the tightened tendons or rebalance the tendons, correct the skewed bones and fuse damaged joints. Because this condition gets worse over time, it is imperative that you contact our office at the soonest chance you have. We will work to help stop the progression of your hammertoes and to make the needed changes necessary for your feet to feel good again!

 
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 01, 2017
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Toenail Fungus   diabetes  

Toenail fungus is an unsightly infection that can not only ruin the look of nails, but can also cause severe pain due to the nature of fungus. Our podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. has many years of experience treating toenail fungus at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 or visit the Patient Education section of our website for a more detailed library of information about this and many other foot and ankle complications.

Toenail Fungus is an infection that affects the nail and surrounding tissue. Those older than 60 experience this condition often. There are different types of fungi that can infect the toenail and they thrive in warm and damp areas. This condition affects men more frequently than women, which can partially be due to men generally walking barefoot in locker rooms. Other factors causing this condition include diabetes, vascular problems and malnutrition.

This type of infection can cause cosmetic issues as well as minor pain and even severe infections. The majority of those who suffer from this condition have nails that turn yellow and thicken. The skin surrounding the toenail begins to itch as well. If not treated on a timely basis, the nail can become brittle and eventually separate from the nail bed. As the nail becomes thicker, it may become difficult to wear shoes.

Preventative measures include daily washing and drying of feet, changing socks daily, rotating shoes every other day to allow them to dry, avoiding walking barefoot at public pools and locker rooms and making sure that nail salons use sterilized equipment when performing pedicures. Treatment of nails with advanced infection includes trimming the infected nail and applying topical medication. Oral medications will also be required as the infection resides under the toenail, making it difficult for topical medications to get through the nail and attack the fungi underneath.

Because toenail fungus is hard to treat once it spreads, please contact our offices for a comprehensive consultation to increase your chances of having toenails that are fungus-free!

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 25, 2017
Tags: tendonitis  

Tendonitis occurs when the tendon develops inflammation or irritation due to an injury or when there is repeated stress on the tendon. If this condition is not cared for and the tendon remains swollen for an extended amount of time, severe injuries such as rupture of the tendon can occur. Although this condition can happen to anyone, it is most frequently observed in athletes due to their tendency to repeat the same strenuous movements. Elders may also be at higher risk for tendonitis due to the tendons becoming less flexible. Contributing factors include deformities in feet, ankles or legs and flat feet, all of which put an unusual amount of tension on tendons. Achilles tendinitis is a degenerative disorder whereby the tendon’s makeup changes and is prone to injury such as tearing. This form of tendonitis can cause severe pain. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has much experience treating this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 or visit the Patient Education section of our website to find out more about tendonitis.

Exercising to help strengthen muscles will aid in preventing the onset of this condition. Other methods of prevention include utilizing proper shoes when exercising; warming up correctly as well as for an appropriate amount of time before participating in sporting activities; avoiding running on jagged surfaces; refraining from impulsive intense activity. When experiencing tendonitis, it is best to apply ice and keep the injured foot elevated when possible to reduce swelling. Also getting plenty of rest, keeping it elevated, using anti-inflammatories, wearing orthotics to support the ankle (which removes pressure from the tendon) or using heel lifts are also helpful. It can take over a month for the tendon to heal using these methods. When these methods do not significantly reduce pain, surgery may be needed to lengthen the calf muscles so that the ankle has greater motion. Due to the seriousness of this condition, please contact our offices right away to ensure your tendon remains in the best health possible.

 





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