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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 17, 2018
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's foot   treatment  

Athlete’s foot can cause discomfort and can be avoided if the proper precautions are followed. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, where we can be reached at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education library has additional information about many other foot and ankle conditions.

Athlete’s Foot can start from a fungus and can happen to anyone. It, however, often occurs to athletes since they generally wear footwear that is closed and can become very warm and moist after high-intensity activities. This condition produces red and itchy conditions on the feet. Individuals who walk barefoot in and around moist surfaces near public pools, showers or locker rooms can acquire the fungus that causes this condition. After the fungus gets onto the foot, it can still be averted if:

  • Feet are dried regularly.
  • Shoes are not too narrow.
  • Socks are changed frequently.

To prevent this condition, shoes should be sterile to make it tougher for a fungus to cultivate while keeping them hygienic. This method should be followed by using anti-fungal medications via powder or oral forms. Utilizing leather or open toe shoes to allow the foot to dry out, washing feet daily, keeping feet dry when required, using foot powders and wearing sandals when utilizing a public pool or locker room to stop fungus from getting onto the skin of the foot can all help to avoid the chances of contracting this condition.

Treatment for this condition includes antifungal medications, antibiotics and keeping feet dry with medicated powders placed inside of shoes. It’s also important to note that if someone else in the household acquires this condition, it is highly recommended that showers are sanitized to prevent another outbreak from of this condition.

 

Since athlete’s foot can be easy to contract and painful to have, it is important to receive timely treatment before you spread it anyone else. Please contact us to learn more about how we can treat your athlete’s foot so that you can be back to business sooner than you expect!

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 11, 2018

Achilles tendonitis can bring pain and discomfort. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, where we can be reached at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education section also has helpful information about foot and ankle conditions.

Achilles tendonitis can bring severe pain. This happens since the Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. This condition produces severe pain since the affected tendon is located behind the heel. If the tendon happens to tear, surgery will likely be required. If it ruptures, a pop sound will accompany it, followed by sharp pain in the back of the ankle. This will likely affect mobility. Although this condition more often happens to athletes because of the high intensity activities that they participate in and the stress it causes on their Achilles tendon, it can also occur to others for any number of activities.

Activities that usually strain the tendon can produce this condition. Inflammation initially occurs as the tendon becomes stressed. The following symptoms can also accompany this condition:

  • Sharp pain in the calf.
  • Inflammation in the heel.
  • An inability to put weight on the toes.

 

Methods of treatment include anti-inflammatories, exercising by stretching the calf and ice therapy to decrease inflammation. Cortisone, an anti-inflammatory also known as a steroid, can help; although, it is not prescribed often since it can unfortunately cause the tendon to rupture. Orthotics and cushioned shoes are also used to decrease irritation and strain on the tendon. Heel lifts are used to move the heel away from the back of the shoe to prevent it from rubbing against it. For severe pain, a walking boot may be used for a short time until physical therapy starts. It should, however, not be used for a long period of time as it can weaken the calf muscle.

Achilles tendonitis can produce significant pain in a variety of individuals. To avoid dealing with long recovery times, timely treatment is required. So, contact us today for treatment and get back to your activities sooner rather than later!

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   arthritis  

Orthotics provide an amazing feeling of recovery, especially when they are custom molded. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide you with the best fitting orthotics at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, where we can be reached at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education library also contains a wealth of information for keeping your feet and ankles in their best possible shape.

Orthotics are designed to relieve pain, ease deformities, enable greater mobility and provide stability. Although they can be bought from stores without a prescription, those that are custom-molded to the specific contours of a patient's feet are most effective. An extensive choice of orthotics is offered for diverse foot complications. Orthotics alleviate pain for those with arthritis, tendonitis and other foot or ankle pain. There are two types of these devices:

  • Accommodative which protect and support foot deformities that cannot be corrected and help by providing cushioning and support.
  • Functional which help to balance the hind foot and the fore foot from mechanical issues and act to control asymmetrical motion.

A large group of the population use these devices to treat an underlying condition or for extra support. In particular, athletes who participate in high intensity activities use sports orthotics for stability or to treat a prior injury. Pregnant women may use them to alleviate pain radiating from their feet. Those with fractures may use these devices to cope with recovery after a cast has been removed. Others may use them to alleviate general pain. Patients with diabetes use orthotics to prevent further injuries. Furthermore, custom orthotics are especially helpful as they are not only made to match the contours of feet, but can be designed to react to the way individuals move. Runners can benefit immensely when examining wear patterns to see how these devices can help.

Due to the many benefits that orthotics can provide, there is a high likelihood of probability that your foot condition can benefit from the use of these devises. Whether you choose to buy them from a pre-cut size or have them custom fitted to your feet, we can provide you with the best option. So, contact us today for your pair!

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 27, 2017

Foot ulcers bring the pain and they should be avoided when necessary. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education should also be looked at for further helpful information.

Foot ulcers effect diabetics in high numbers. They are openings in the skin of the foot that reveal the tissue underneath. There are Neuropathic ulcers, Ischemic ulcers and a combination of both. This condition appears on the ball of the foot or underneath the big toe. It is inconvenient due to its location and can be hard to avoid rubbing it against objects. If the sore gets infected and is left untreated, it could mean that an amputation is necessary.

Amputations may become required if not treated timely. There are some ways to prevent amputation such as only removing the infected skin from the ulcer or decreasing pressure around the ulcer. Medicines are another source of treatment. All diabetics have the potential to develop foot ulcers. Those diabetics that use insulin and also have another disease are usually at a higher risk of developing foot ulcers. Those who are overweight or drink large amounts of alcohol or smoke tobacco products frequently have high risks of the progression of foot ulcers.  Treatment may include proper cleaning and removing of dead skin, trying not to walk barefoot, wearing socks when possible and exercising to help with circulation. Stopping the bad habit of smoking is also helpful as it can increase circulation. Any healing cream can thereafter be applied prior to covering the wound to prevent further infection. In some instances, skin grafts may be utilized to protect the open wound from infection. Oxygen therapy can also be of assistance with speeding up the healing process when required

Due to the stubborn nature of this condition to be painful, we recommend that you please contact us as soon as possible to avoid severe pain. This condition can be treated effectively and your routine will immensely benefit from it!

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 19, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus can cause strong odors, but also many other complications when not treated correctly. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to treat and remove this condition from your toenails at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education should also be looked at for further helpful information.

Toenail Fungus flourishes underneath toenails, which makes it more difficult to treat than many other foot and ankle conditions. This condition happens because the area under the toenail is frequently moist and warm. The fungus that attacks the toenails emits an unpleasant odor and turns them yellowish. This fungus can occur from an unhygienic pedicure, from the use of public showers or from walking barefoot around pools open to the public. Damage is seen as collapsing and brittleness of the nail as well as odor emitted from the toenail. If this condition is not treated timely, it can extend to other nails nearby.

Treatments may include soaking the infected toenails in warm salt water. Do not cut the nail if it’s infected. Otherwise, try not to cut them too deep. It is also helpful to wear shoes that are cleaned frequently and to change socks two to three times a day to prevent fungus from building up within them. Using antibiotic cream to destroy the infection at its originating location on the toe is especially helpful so that it does not come back again. A medical professional can also perform surgical procedures if the above methods are not helpful. The surgery includes raising the infected portion of the nail and applying oral antibiotics directly to the infected nail bed underneath. Non-invasive methods are also useful to treat this condition. Such methods are the use of laser treatment that can penetrate the nail and destroy the fungus underneath, without having to raise it.

Toenail fungus can cause more complications than just unpleasant odors. We therefore recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after discovering that your toenails are inflicted with this condition so that we can provide the necessary services that best suit your fungal infection.

 





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