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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 10, 2020
Category: Heart Health
Tags: heart health   foot health  

It’s American Heart Month, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our Middlesex County patients to have the facts about heart disease.

Consider these statistics:

  • Heart disease is the biggest killer in our country, taking the lives of more people than all forms of cancer combined.

  • 72% of Americans don’t consider themselves to be at risk for heart disease.

  • 83% believe that it’s possible to prevent heart attacks but aren’t motivated to do anything.

It’s true that there has been a significant advance in medicine in the field of heart health.  Still, unhealthy lifestyle choices—primary among these being the continual rise in obesity rates—have made fighting heart disease difficult.

Being overweight also carries consequences for your feet, including:

  • Excessive pressure on joints, increasing the risk and pain of arthritis

  • Increased risk for several podiatric conditions including plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and sesamoiditis, to name a few

  • Decreases your ability to be active, which in turn reduces your ability to lose weight

Take Small Steps

Experience shows that trying to make multiple, dramatic changes all at once is not usually successful. In addition, fad diets that promise fast weight loss tend to have short-lived results. Instead, try some of these simple changes to decrease calories in and increase calories burned:

  • Re-design your dinner plate. Start by filling half of your plate with vegetables and salad. Then use one quarter for lean protein and the last quarter for carbohydrates (starches).

  • Use a smaller size plate to reduce portion size.

  • Make smart swaps: low-fat milk for full fat, salted caramel yogurt for ice cream, flavored seltzer for soda.

  • Find more ways to move. Choose the parking space furthest away from stores and your office. Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. Walk while you talk on the phone.

  • Make exercise social. Instead of meeting for drinks, suggest a walk in the park. Join a dance class or hiking club.

If increases in physical activity cause pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, contact our Cromwell office promptly so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet and get to the root of the problem.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 03, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Have you had enough of winter in Middlesex County? If you’re ready to take a trip to a warmer climate, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists want to offer some packing tips. Although we’re pretty certain you won’t forget your bathing suit and sunglasses, there may be a few items you haven’t thought of that will make the trip safer and more comfortable for your feet.

Here are our suggestions:

  • A trusted walking shoe. If you picked up a pair of strappy sandals at the end of summer clearance last year, you may be itching to wear them. It’s fine to pack them, but make sure they’re not your only shoes. Travel days especially require comfortable shoes with good arch support, cushioned heel cup, and wide toe box to ensure catching your flight doesn’t end with blisters or an ankle sprain.

  • Flip-flops. Although you’ll never hear us recommending flip-flops as a good choice of footwear, they do have one excellent use: keeping your feet covered around pools, beach bathrooms and other public places where there’s a risk of contracting fungal infections. Any place that’s moist, warm, and has many people with bare feet walking around, is a prime locale for getting athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. If you notice any odd rashes or other symptoms on your feet or nails when you return, make an appointment promptly at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499.

  • Moleskin. Even shoes that fit properly can start to rub on your feet if you perspire. You can stop a blister from forming by applying a small piece of moleskin over a spot that starts to feel irritated.

  • Water bottle. Feet are more likely to swell in hot climates, and when they do, shoes begin to feel tight and hurt. Drinking plenty of water will help reduce the risk of uncomfortable edema.

  • Nail clippers and emery board. A rough or jagged nail may not seem like a major problem—until it is snagged on your beach towel and tears.

  • Mini first aid kit. Just in case, have some bandages and antibiotic ointment to treat minor scrapes and cuts on your feet.

  • Footgear. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a brace, custom orthotic or another device as part of treatment for a podiatric condition, be sure to bring it with you to avoid foot pain and injury while you’re away.

Come see us for all of your foot and ankle care needs. Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC  162 West St., Suite K, Cromwell, CT 06416  860-632-5499

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 29, 2020
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: toe pain   toe deformities  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, a condition we often see in our Middlesex county office is deformities of one or more toes. Many patients mistakenly think that there is nothing that can be done about these disorders and unfortunately doesn’t come to our Cromwell office to have them evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, until they have become extremely painful and debilitating. At that point, toe deformities are more difficult to treat and correct. Below are three common toe problems and what to do about them. 

Hammertoe

This deformity affects the second, third or fourth toe and is marked by a bend in the middle joint causing it to resemble its namesake hammer appearance. Hammertoes most often occur due to a muscle imbalance or wearing improperly fitting shoes. When diagnosed in the early stage—while the toe is still flexible—the podiatrist can try strapping the toe, exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles and shoe modifications to slow the progression of the deformity. Left untreated, hammertoes can become rigid in the bent position. In that case, only surgery will be able to correct the deformity.

Claw Toe

Patients with claw toe have usually suffered nerve damage from a disease like diabetes or alcoholism. The nerve damage causes the muscles to weaken in the foot and the toes begin to take on a claw-like appearance. The abnormal bend of the toe makes wearing shoes uncomfortable and painful corns may then develop. When detected early, the foot doctor can use splints and tape to hold the toe in its correct position.

Bunions

A bunion is actually a bone deformity where the joint at the base of the big toe becomes enlarged and starts to move out of place, producing the easily identified bulge on the side of the big toe. Not only do many patients consider this condition unsightly, but it also can be extremely painful as the protrusion rubs against footwear, becoming red and tender. Corns may form and walking hurts. Over time, arthritis or bursitis may set in and calluses can form on the bottom of the foot. Fortunately, there are several conservative and surgical treatment options available.

The key with all of these deformities is to contact us as soon as you notice a toe appears to be moving out of place or taking on an abnormal shape. The sooner we can treat a toe deformity, the greater the likelihood that a conservative measure will take care of the problem.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 22, 2020
Category: exercise

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that it’s about this time when many resolutions that were made fervently in the New Year to get in shape begin to peter out. We want our Fairfield County patients to be able to continue on this very worthwhile path.

Here, we offer the most common causes of exercise plan demise and how you can avoid them.

  1. You chose a poor plan. Too often, patients forget that big goals, like getting fit, require a long and steady effort. Tempting plans that offer quick success invariably fail. If an exercise regimen is too strenuous, it is difficult to sustain. Trying to do too much too soon can leave you worn out and discouraged. Instead, look for a fitness plan that starts out slowly with something you know you can do and then gradually builds in duration and intensity to help you gain muscle strength and endurance at a steady pace. A plan started January first would now be starting to yield noticeable results if it is sound and you have been able to stick with it. Good plans also include warmups, cooldowns and stretches to protect your body from injury.

  2. You didn’t have the right shoes. Today’s fitness footwear is specifically designed for the movement required by a particular sport or activity. In addition, the individual foot condition and chronic disorders that you may have such as bunions or heel pain may dictate the type of shoes that would be best. If you have an ongoing foot problem, it’s important for our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas to examine your feet before you start a new exercise program. The foot doctor may have recommendations for shoe features that will enhance both comfort and performance. In some cases, a custom orthotic device may be prescribed.

  3. You injured your foot or ankle. If you made one of the two above mistakes, your risk for podiatric injury is increased. Programs that attempt to bring you from couch potato to super athlete in a short time can cause overuse injuries like Achilles tendonitis. Poor shoe choice can lead to blisters, shin splints and other more serious injuries. The bottom line is, if your feet or ankles hurt, stop the activity and contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499. We’ll diagnose your foot problem and help you re-boot your fitness plan.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: skin conditions   fissures  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our Middlesex County patients to know that while good podiatric care is more than skin deep, the care of the skin on your feet is an important part of keeping your feet healthy and fully functioning. Skin conditions can be a sign of an underlying foot problem. Left untreated, they can also lead to infections and other issues.

Here are some tips for taking care of the skin on your feet

  • Wash Daily—this may seem basic, but a host of fungal and bacterial conditions can be prevented by simply washing your feet with soap and water every day.
  • Moisturize—skin that’s dry and flaky can become itchy and irritated. Very dry skin can start to crack, resulting in fissures in your heel and open sores that can potentially allow bacteria to come in and an infection to develop. Nighttime is the best time to apply a thick, rich lotion or cream. Slip on a pair of soft socks to help the moisturizer fully absorb into your skin.
  • Keep Feet Dry—fungal infections love damp, dark places, like the insides of sweaty socks. If your feet tend to perspire excessively, use a foot powder each day and keep extra socks handy so you can change when you notice they feel damp. Don’t rush drying your feet after bathing. Pay particular attention to the skin between your toes as that is the most common starting point for athlete’s foot.
  • Don’t Share—many infections are spread by direct contact. You can greatly reduce your risk of fungal infections by not wearing someone else’s shoes or socks and not using nail clippers, emery boards or towels used by another person on his or her feet.
  • Monitor Chronic Problems—deformities such as claw toes and bunions can create irritation to the skin due to the ongoing pressure of shoes on the deformity. This in turn leads to blisters, corns and calluses.

It’s essential that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas monitor and treat podiatric conditions that can lead to skin problems. If you suffer from a chronic foot problem, schedule regular checkups at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499.





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