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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 29, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Just to be clear, when we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists say, “examine your feet,” we’re not talking about conducting a physical examination with the aim of diagnosing foot pain or other unusual symptoms. It is, of course, the job of our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. What we mean is regularly inspecting your feet for changes or signs that may indicate a developing podiatric problem.

Many toes, foot, and ankle disorders may first manifest with small, subtle signs that, if detected in these early stages, can help you prevent or significantly decrease the severity of a foot problem. For example, patients with diabetes may first notice a loss of sensation or strange tingling or burning in their feet. A progressive condition like a bunion or hammertoe doesn’t suddenly develop overnight. Getting in the habit of regularly inspecting your feet will help you become familiar with what your feet “normally” look like and make it easy to spot any changes. Below are some areas to focus on:

  • Appearance—stand with your feet together and look down at them. Does one foot look more swollen than the other? Do you notice any toes that appear to be moving out of alignment or bending abnormally? Now sit down and look at your feet up close. Do you see any bumps, lumps, or growths? What about unexplained bruises or sores?
  • Skin—the skin on your feet may be trying to tell you something. A bluish tinge, for example, may indicate a circulation problem. Any discoloration or rashes should be monitored. Freckles or moles should be watched for changes in size, shape, color, and borders. These can be signs of skin cancer, which can occur on your feet just like other parts of your body. Be vigilant about moisturizing dry, flaky skin to prevent cracks from developing, which can bleed and provide an entry point for a bacterial infection.
  • Nails—toenails that are discolored, crumbling, or thickening may have a fungal infection. A toenail that turns black may indicate repetitive stress from a sport or shoes that are too small.

If you spot any changes in your toes or feet or start to experience any pain, burning, or numbness anywhere in your feet, it's important that you contact our Cromwell office call 860-632-5499 promptly for evaluation and treatment if necessary.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 22, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: swollen feet   foot care  

Swelling in your feet or ankles can be annoying, but at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, our Middlesex County patients will often ask if this is a serious problem. The answer isn’t so easy. Swelling can be common when the weather is hot, you’ve been on your feet for too long, or if you’re pregnant. Some patients are also prone to edema—a condition where excess water in the body gets stored in your tissues, causing puffiness and swelling. However, swollen ankles and feet can be a sign of a more concerning condition.

When Swelling Requires Medical Attention

Some possible medical conditions that podiatric swelling may be indicative of include:

  • Infection
  • Injuries—such as a sprain or fracture
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver problems
  • Heart failure
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Diabetes
  • Lymphedema
  • Blood Clot

For this reason, our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, should evaluate any ongoing swelling issues. To make an appointment at our Cromwell office, call 860-632-5499. The foot doctor will want to examine your feet and get your medical history.

In some cases, swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet may require immediate emergency attention.

Seek emergency care right away if any of these other symptoms accompany your swelling:

  • Fever
  • Chest pain, pressure, or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Redness, warmth, or heat in the swollen area
  • If the swelling is just in one limb

Helpful Tips

In general, you can help decrease swelling (not caused by an underlying medical condition) by eating less salt and drinking plenty of water. Avoid standing for long periods. Leg exercises can help too. Try elevating your feet over your heart at the end of the day or laying on the floor with your feet up against a wall. 

As always, if you have unexplained foot or ankle pain or discomfort, please don’t delay. Contact us today at 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 25, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that many of our Middlesex County families love winter sports activities like sledding, ice skating, and snowboarding. Cold-weather fun outdoors is COVID safe and comfortable to have at a socially safe distance. To ensure that your family minimizes the risk of injury and winter weather-related injuries, follow the tips below:

  • Protect feet, hands, and the rest of the body from frostbite by layering. Start with a pair of socks made of a material that wicks moisture away from the skin, and then add woolen socks for extra warmth. Check skin frequently. If it appears white or your child complains of numbness, these could be the beginning signs of frostbite. Get them inside immediately to warm up.
  • Check that boots and skates fit. Properly fitting footwear helps avoid blistersankle sprains, and foot pain. If you or a family member skate frequently, be aware of Haglund’s deformity—an enlarged bony protrusion at the back of your heel that can be aggravated by the high-back of skates.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast. Temperatures can drop rapidly, and snowstorms can come up suddenly, impeding vision and increasing the risk of an injury.
  • Match the activity to current fitness levels. With the pandemic, many people have experienced a drop in their fitness level. If this is true in your family, be aware that muscle fatigue may occur more quickly than you’d expect. Being fatigued makes it more likely to sustain an injury. Call it quits if someone is getting tired.
  • Stay hydrated! Water breaks provide a rest opportunity as well.
  • Get injuries checked promptly. If any family member injures their ankle or feet or is experiencing pain after participating in a winter sport, don’t delay seeking treatment. Contact our Cromwell office promptly by calling 860-632-5499 to set up an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will do a complete examination and diagnose any podiatric problems so you and your family can get back to enjoying the best fun winter has to offer!
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 06, 2021
Category: Foot Care

A New Year brings resolutions for self-improvement. At Feet First Foot Care, we’d like our Middlesex County patients to consider some positive enhancements to their podiatric health. Simple changes that are easy to implement can make a big difference in the overall health and condition of your feet.

Here are five steps to take for healthier feet and ankles in 2021:

  1. Keep an Eye on Your Feet—regularly inspecting your feet will help you quickly spot changes that may signal a developing problem. Thickening or discolored toenails, for example, can indicate a fungal infection; red, itchy, peeling skin is a sign of athlete’s foot, etc. Look for growths, bruises, wounds that appear slow to heal, and toe joints moving out of position. Report anything concerning to our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.

  2. Limit Bare Foot Time—with many people working and schooling from home, it’s easy to get in the habit of not wearing shoes. However, this flattens the arch of your foot, which puts pressure on the plantar fascia that can result in heel pain. Put shoes on each morning whether you’re going out or not.

  3. Swear Off Bathroom “Surgery”—trying to remove an ingrown toenail or get rid of a wart with home remedies, and sharp implements usually end in a worse injury and/or infection. Leave podiatric care to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.

  4. Wear the Right Shoe for Your Athletic Activities—don’t take long walks in fashion boots or use your regular summer sneakers for hiking. Sports and fitness shoes are specifically designed for your feet and ankle movement by the activity. If you have weak ankles, consider high top styles for extra support. Your fitness footwear has a lifespan limit (300-500 miles for walking/running shoes). Regularly check and replace footwear for wear.

  5. Don’t Ignore Foot Pain—perhaps one of the most important resolutions you can make for your feet this year is not to put off getting foot pain or discomfort evaluated. Most conditions are more quickly and less invasively treated if caught in their early stages. Contact us whenever you are experiencing ongoing foot pain.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
December 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care

‘Tis the season for shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping, and mailing, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that means our Middlesex County patients’ feet will be working overtime.

Return the favor by taking a few simple steps to keep your feet healthy and pain-free:

  • Don’t Play the Fool with Footwear—shoes and boots with thin, spiky heels and narrow pointy toe boxes are never good for your feet. They can cause bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and other foot problems and should only wear for short periods. Choose styles with wide toe, boxes, cushioned insoles, and good arch support for everyday wear and get to and from any holiday events. Pack your festive footwear and change when you arrive.

  • Relax and Take a Load Off—don’t overdo it! Schedule time between tasks to rest and elevate your feet if possible. Plan ahead so you’re not rushing—this will reduce the risk of missing a curb, slipping on an icy patch, or another potential scenario where you can suffer an ankle sprain or other injury.

  • Stay cool and Dry—it’s easy for feet to get overheated and perspire with the heat on in cars, offices, and stores. Make sure you change your socks if you notice they feel damp. Fungal infections thrive in moist, dark places if your feet sweat excessively.  Dust with an anti-fungal powder, or use an antiperspirant roll-on or spray before putting your socks on.

  • Be Sweet and Give Them a Treat—you’re taking care of everyone else on your list.  Why not consider a little something special for your feet? A relaxing massage, new moisturizing cream, or an anti-fatigue mat are all ways to show you care and increase the comfort level of your feet this holiday season.

If you begin to experience any new foot symptoms or chronic podiatric problems act up, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 and have your feet seen by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.



 








 

 

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