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At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know as our Middlesex County patients switch from summer sandals to fall footwear, the transition may not go as smoothly as we like. Summer shoes tend to be more open and not as constricting as closed styles which become the norm in the fall.

Three common podiatric problems you may see in the fall and what to do about them:

Problem: Athlete’s foot. shoes invite fungal and bacterial infections. With all the barefoot traffic summer sees around swimming pools and in seaside changing areas and restrooms, infections are prevalent. If you’ve started back to the gym, there’s a high likelihood infection is present in communal showers and locker rooms. These dark, moist spaces are the perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Solution: Foot infections spread by direct contact. Keeping your feet covered in public places will help prevent you from getting one. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes multiple days in a row. Allow a day or two in between uses for shoes to air out. Choose shoes made of natural, breathable materials.

Problem: Heel Pain. If one of the reasons you hate to see summer end is because you love living in flip-flops, there’s a good chance your heels will be hurting once you go back to regular shoes. That’s because traditional flip-flops do not provide any arch support. It, in turn, aggravates the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue along the bottom of your foot—and causes your heels to hurt.

Solution: Try to gradually transition to traditional shoes, wearing them a few hours a day and increasing usage slowly. You may also need to do some stretching exercises to help decrease inflammation in the plantar fascia.

Problem: Bunion Pain. Ah, it was so nice to wear open-toed shoes that didn’t press on your bunion and make it hurt! Going back to closed-toe styles may mean an increase in the pain and discomfort you experience from your bunions.

Solution: Some additional padding may help to protect a sensitive bunion. You may also have to consider shoes that are a little larger or at least designed with a roomier toe box. It may also be time to have the podiatrist check to see if your bunion progresses to a point where a different treatment plan is necessary.

With all of the above foot problems and any new uncomfortable symptoms you develop, if they persist, it’s best not to put off making an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and track down the source of your discomfort as well as the best solution to bring you relief.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 14, 2021

In a recent press conference, Governor Ned Lamont told CT residents, “Get out of the damn house!” At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we heartily agree. Too many of our Middlesex County patients have spent far too long at home and primarily just wearing slippers, flip-flops, or going barefoot. Of course, you can keep the flip-flops out for pool or beach days, but for all other activities, it’s time to get back to wearing regular shoes.

Flat Shoes and Foot Pain

Long-term use of slippers, ballet flats, and traditional flip-flops (as well as walking barefoot) aggravate the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot known as the plantar fascia. It, in turn, can cause arch and heel pain. Weight gain and inactivity can also contribute to hurting feet and make wearing regular, supportive shoes feel uncomfortable.

Get Back to Better Shoes

It may take a little getting used to again, but wearing well-made shoes that fit your feet is crucial to good podiatric health. Below are some steps you should take to update your shoe wardrobe:

  • Examine your current shoes. Now’s a good time to go through your shoes and inspect them for rips, worn-down soles, flattened heel beds, and other signs of wear. Discard all shoes that are damaged or worn out.
  • Get your feet professionally measured. Your feet can get larger as you age. They can also increase in size if you’ve gained weight—many people have put on the “quarantine 15” or more over the last year.
  • Invest in new sports or fitness shoes. Wearing shoes designed for the fitness activity you do improves comfort and performance.
  • Schedule a podiatric checkup. If your feet are hurting even after you’ve purchased shoes that fit correctly, it’s time to get them evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499 to make an appointment. The foot doctor will find the source of your podiatric discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment to relieve foot pain and get you back on track.
By Adam Mucinskas, DPM
October 14, 2019

It’s officially boot season! At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to help our patients avoid podiatric pain and problems by giving some tips on how to find boots that are not only fashionable but good for your feet.

Below is a checklist of features to look for:

  • Roomy toe box—boots that are pointy and narrow squish toes together and increase the risk and severity of conditions like bunions and hammertoes. If your toes are squeezed up against each other for long hours, you are also more likely to develop ingrown toenails.
  • Good arch support—oftentimes, we see patients in our Cromwell office complaining of heel pain during the winter months. The cause turns out to be fashion boots that have little or no arch support. Proper arch support keeps your plantar fascia—the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot—happy, which in turn reduces pressure and pain in both your arch and your heel.
  • Cushioned insoles and heel cups—think of how many steps you take each day. The constant pounding of your feet against the ground can result in foot pain and tendon inflammation. Thick cushioning in the inside of your boots will act as a shock absorber, protecting your feet and increasing comfort.
  • Ankle protection—when conditions get slippery, ankle sprain risk skyrockets. Be sure your boots fit your ankles securely and avoid thin, high heels that are unstable by design. Look for a gripping tread on the boot as well to further reduce your risk of trips and falls.

Once you’ve found a boot that meets the above qualifications, get a proper fit. Have your foot professionally measured. If our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas has prescribed a custom orthotic device for you to wear, be sure to bring it with you and try it on with the boots you are considering. Shop at the end of the day—it’s when your feet are at their largest and most swollen.

If you have additional questions about shoe styles that are best for your feet, contact us by calling: (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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