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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 16, 2022
Category: Foot Care

As we reflect on the year, we are giving thanks for several things, for we are grateful. But have you considered giving your feet gratitude as well? There are some basic things you can do for your feet right away. The first thing you can do is buy proper shoes if you currently do not have shoes that properly fit. Wearing uncomfortable shoes that do not fit well can lead to numerous foot and ankle problems, as well as foot injuries and, over time, even foot deformities. If you would like to give extra gratitude for your feet this Thanksgiving season but are unsure where to start or what to do, this blog article is for you! 

Our specialists at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC recommend starting here:

  • Try this simple quiz from The Foot Health Foundation of America that helps to pinpoint any warning signs of foot and ankle problems.
  • Follow these general guidelines to assess how healthy your feet are.
  • Follow these basic foot care guidelines and try to do them every day.

How To Give Thanks to Your Feet

  • T-Treat your feet to a safe and clean pedicure.
  • H-Help yourself to nutritious foods with calcium, vitamin D, and antioxidants. All of which promote optimal foot health!
  • A-Apply a rich moisturizer, to help prevent dry skin and cracked heels. It is especially important as it gets colder.
  • N-Note any foot pain or changes and make an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office to get treatment.
  • K-Kick back and relax – ask your partner for a foot massage or search the web for a foot massager machine. (This can also make a great holiday gift!) Whatever you choose, make sure you and your feet are relaxed.
  • S-Soak your feet in a warm bath - try using Epsom salt and essential oils!

As you start your holiday shopping, traveling, and spending time with loved ones, don’t forget to give your feet some TLC. The best thing we recommend you can do for your feet is to consult with our board-certified podiatristDr. Adam Mucinskas, if you are experiencing any foot or ankle problems. Make an appointment by calling (860-) 632-5499 or visiting our website

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 22, 2022
Category: Foot Care

Every June, we celebrate Men's Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men. The focus is on encouraging boys, men, and their families to implement and practice healthy living. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, men in the United States die 5 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries. The hustle and bustle of everyday life cause many health problems among men. Due to a lack of awareness and education, many men do not come out with their problems and seek professional help. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, our patients are our priority. We want to remind everyone of the importance of taking care of oneself. Below are suggestions for observing Men's Health Month (regardless of age or sex). 

  1. Tweak Your Diet. Cut back on alcohol this month or up your intake of healthy fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. Find a new heart-healthy recipe and try using fresh herbs.
  2. Cultivate New Habits. Set small, achievable goals and work with your doctor to make them a reality.
  3. Get Educated on The Topic. It is an excellent opportunity to read about the common health issues specific to men. Check out the CDC for information on health issues that men face. Or check out more of our blog articles for further details.
  4. Go For a Nature Walk. It is one of the best free-of-cost health initiatives. Call a friend or go on a solo walk—anything to get your heart pumping and fresh air in your lungs.
  5. Protect Your Feet in Public. Public locker rooms and showers are hot spots for bacteria because of the warm and humid environment. Always make sure to wear shower sandals that can protect your feet from exposure to bacteria. It is also true for walking barefoot.
  6. Avoid Injury. Active men and women face the risk of ankle and foot injuries. Therefore, paying close attention to how your feet and ankles feel is essential. Do your shoes fit comfortably? Are you taking care of your feet? If you have any questions or concerns concerning your feet or ankles, Feet First Foot Care specialists are here to help! Call our Middlesex County office to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas. 
  7. Cleanse Feet Daily. Washing feet daily is not only the best way to eliminate unpleasant foot odor but also the best way to prevent many common fungal infections, including athlete's foot. Exfoliating the feet can help remove bacteria and dirt buildup. Most people think exfoliation is only for women who want smooth and beautiful skin, but it's just as good for men. It's best to do it at least once or twice a week with a good quality scrub to keep your feet healthy.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 01, 2022
Category: Foot Care

As the temperature increases, the excitement for summer plans also grows. But after months of wearing heavy socks and boots, the thought of exposing your feet can be intimidating. At Feet First Foot Care, we want all our patients to feel comfortable in their skin, year-round! Below we have curated tips and tricks to prep your feet for all the summer fun.

Tips To Prevent Foot Predicaments 

  1. Limit Walking Barefoot- Walking barefoot increases the risk of foot injuries, sunburn, as well as other infections.
  2. Apply Sunscreen- The tops of the feet and ankles are vulnerable to the sun. Apply sunscreen to your feet regularly and make sure to re-apply sunscreen after being in the water or after extended periods outdoors where your feet are exposed to the sun.
  3. Stay Hydrated- The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:
    1. About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men.
    2. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.

Top Tips for Sandal Ready Feet

  • Soak your feet for 5 minutes using warm, salty water, and take time to relax.
  • Exfoliate- Buff any areas of your feet with a pumice stone or handheld buffer, focusing on gently exfoliating areas with any calluses.
  • Trim Your Toenails- Keeping toenails trimmed is important in any foot care regime. Overgrown toenails cause an array of problems.
  • Moisturize daily - Foot lotions and creams lock in moisture, leaving the skin of your feet feeling soft. Moisturizing daily will also help prevent further cracking that is usually due to dry skin.

On-The-Go-Foot Care Kit

  1. Sterile Bandages- To protect minor cuts and scrapes.
  2. Antibiotic Cream- To treat any skin injury.
  3. Blister Pads or Moleskin- To protect against blisters.
  4. Sunscreen- To protect yourself from the sun (the higher the SPF the better).
  5. Aloe Vera- To relieve sunburns (you can also grow your aloe vera plant at home).
  6. Motrin or Advil- Anti-inflammatory.

In Case of Emergency

In case of a foot emergency, call your podiatrist. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. To schedule an appointment at our Middlesex County office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

 

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
May 02, 2022
Category: Foot Care

Whether you bike, run or hike, you know foot blisters can be unfortunate for being active. But thankfully, they do not mean your adventure has to end! Friction is usually the cause of blisters on the feet and does not require medical attention. These skin irritations can occur anywhere on the body where body parts rub together or against clothing. Fortunately, you can prevent blisters by preventing chafing. To stop them before they appear, at Feet First Foot Care, we recommend taking precautions if you know you're going to do a lot of walking, running, or other physical activity and always keep an eye on your skin. 

Preventing Blisters

While blisters can have many causes, the most common reason is friction. The best way to deal with them? Avoid them in the first place. To prevent blisters, break in new shoes slowly. Be sure to wash and dry your feet daily to prevent bacterial infections, such as Athlete's Foot.

To prevent chafing that can lead to blisters, The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends the following tips:

  1. Protect your feet. To prevent blisters on your feet, wear nylon or moisture-wicking socks. If wearing one pair of socks doesn’t help, try wearing two pairs to protect your skin. You should also make sure your shoes fit correctly. Shoes shouldn’t be too tight or too loose.
  2. Wear the right clothing. During physical activity, wear moisture-wicking, loose-fitting clothes. Avoid clothes made of cotton, as cotton soaks up sweat and moisture, which can lead to friction and chafing.
  3. Consider soft bandages. Consider using adhesive moleskin or other soft bandages for problem areas, such as the feet or thighs. Make sure you securely apply the bandages.
  4. Apply powder or petroleum jelly to problem areas. It helps reduce friction when your skin rubs together or rubs against clothing.
  5. Stop your activity immediately if you experience any discomfort or if your skin turns red. Otherwise, you may get a blister.

If You Do Get a Blister

You can soothe ordinary blisters with vitamin E ointment or an aloe-based cream at home. Do not puncture a blister unless it is large, painful, or likely to be further irritated. If you have to pop a blister, use a sterilized needle or razor blade. Wash the area thoroughly, make a small hole and gently squeeze out the clear fluid. Apply a dab of hydrogen peroxide to help prevent infection. Do not remove the skin over a broken blister. The new skin underneath is a natural protective cover. Cover the area with a bandage and mild compression.

When To Seek Medical Attention

As your blister heals, watch for signs of an infection. If you notice any redness, pus, or increased pain or swelling, these are signs of infection. We recommend seeking medical attention. To schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office with the board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, please call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website

Skin issues on the feet can make it difficult to walk around. Skin issues may also signify that other troubles are going on in the body. A callus is a thickened area of skin on the feet. Repeated rubbing and pressure cause the skin to produce a protective layer (callus). It’s common for both men and women to develop a callus. Patients with bunions and hammertoes are more likely to develop calluses. Calluses can also form when footwear rubs against the skin of the foot, when the toe box of the shoe is small or when females wear high-heeled shoes.

When To Visit a Podiatrist for Callus Treatment

Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can reduce your calluses with precision and care. At Feet First Foot Care, we provide comfortable padding for painful areas. In more severe cases, we may prescribe medication to relieve inflammation or inject cortisone into the underlying bursal sac to reduce pain and swelling.

We also recommend the following to prevent calluses:

  • Wear shoes that fit correctly. If you have any deformities of the toe or foot, talk to your podiatrist to find out what shoes are best for you.
  • Gel pad inserts may decrease friction points and pressure. Your podiatrist can help you determine what pads might be helpful for you.
  • Use an orthotic device to correct an underlying cause.
  • Buy socks with double-thick toes and heels.
  • Do not ignore toe defects. A podiatrist should properly examine any pain or discomfort you experience in your feet.

Callus Prevention

It is always important to check your feet daily. We recommend you incorporate a daily foot care routine into your schedule. You can find basic foot care guidelines on our website. Alternatively, you can prevent calluses as follows:

  • Soak the foot or feet in warm soapy water and gently rub away any loose dead skin.
  • Use a pumice stone or emery board to file any thickened skin.
  • Apply a good moisturizer to the hardened areas to keep them softer and relieve pain.
  • Moleskin (a thin fuzzy sheet of fabric with an adhesive back) are available in stores and can relieve pain caused by calluses. Always use caution removing pads or moleskins to avoid tearing the skin.

If you notice anything abnormal or have other concerns about your feet, call our Cromwell, CT office today at (860)-632-5499 to schedule your appointment.



 








 

 

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