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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 25, 2019
Category: Foot Care

The flyers are out, and the sales are on—it’s time for Middlesex county’s biggest shopping day of the year! But, at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re wondering—are your feet ready? That marathon day of shopping may be very helpful for crossing items off your holiday gift list, but at what cost to your feet? There are ways, however, to protect your feet and take full advantage of Black Friday bargainsfoot doctor, podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, DPM, Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, Cromwell, CT, Black Friday footcare

Choose your shoes wisely

The most important way you can decrease the risk of foot pain or injury is wearing the correct shoes. Black Friday is not a day to be concerned with fashion! You’ll want a pair of shoes that is supportive and comfortable—most likely sneakers, athletic shoes or your best walking shoes. Cushioned insoles and a thick sole with good tread will increase comfort and decrease the risk of slips and ankle-twisting injuries. If our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas has prescribed a custom orthotic device, be sure to wear it on shopping day. If you have a toe deformity such as a bunion or hammertoe, cover any corns or calluses with a protective pad.

In the bag

Stash some moleskin in your purse. Sometimes even comfy shoes can still rub and cause a blister if worn for long hours. Apply a piece of moleskin to any spot on your foot that starts to feel irritated and you’ll be able to stop a blister and keep on shopping. It’s a good idea to bring an extra pair of socks as well. If you notice your feet are perspiring, change your socks. Fungal infections thrive in damp, dark places like sweaty socks in closed shoes. If possible, choose socks that wick moisture away from your skin.

Take a break

Try to stop periodically throughout the day and put your feet up if possible. Drink plenty of water which can help prevent swelling of your feet. If your feet hurt, stop. The bargains you’d get on Black Friday won’t make up for foot pain that lasts the whole holiday season.

If you notice that walking is causing you foot or ankle discomfort, contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 04, 2019
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our patients to leave our Cromwell office feeling satisfied and confident about the information they have received from our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas. This requires some preparation on the part of you, the patient. It’s also important to be sure you understand any information you receive from the foot doctor regarding your condition and treatment.

Below are some do’s and don’ts for having a productive experience:

Do: make list of any questions you have or symptoms you want the podiatrist to address at your appointment. Write them down and bring with you to the office.

Do: bring your sports or exercise shoes with you if your foot pain or discomfort is related to a fitness activity.

Don’t: hesitate to bring along a family member or friend to be a second set of ears at your appointment if you are afraid you won’t remember everything.

Do: inform the office ahead of time if you have special needs.

Do: let the podiatrist know if you have any allergies and also if you are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.

Do: have a list of all the medications you are currently taking.

Don’t: hesitate to ask the foot doctor to go over any part of your diagnosis or treatment plan that you don’t fully understand. If the podiatrist has prescribed medication for your foot ailment, be sure you are clear on how and when it is to be taken.

Do: schedule a follow up appointment if the podiatrist has requested one before you leave the office.

Don’t: hesitate to contact us for test results if you have not heard back from us in the timeframe you were told to expect.

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, our goal is providing you and your family with the very best podiatric care. We value your feedback and encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns by calling: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 26, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Sometimes it feels like having a human body is a full-time job. That’s because it is! Keeping ourselves happy and healthy can be time-consuming, but is more than worth the effort. Keeping your feet happy is a sure-fire way to help prolong their health and keep an eye on physical changes as they occur.

Here are the top 4 ways you can keep your feet happy and benefit you today, tomorrow, and in days to come:

Regularly moisturizing your feet - keeping our skin hydrated and moisturized not only helps our skin feel better to the touch, but it can also keep it healthy by preventing us from drying out and becoming vulnerable to cracked skin and infections. This will give you a great opportunity to inspect your feet for any physical changes.

Gentle self-massage - giving yourself a gentle foot massage before bedtime, or any time of the day that you prefer, is a great way to relieve both physical and mental stress. Massage relaxes both your muscles and your mind. It can even help increase blood flow and help you sleep better.

Replacing old shoes - no matter how many times you massage your feet at the end of the day, it won’t prevent the damage that old and unsupportive shoes can cause. To get the most out of your self-care routine, be sure to keep your shoes new and of higher quality with proper fit and support for your feet and ankles.

Regular check-ups with a podiatrist - all in all, nothing is more important than following up with your podiatrist on a regular basis. For people with well-managed foot issues, every six months to one year is ideal. Make sure your hard work is paying off by having a foot doctor check your progress!

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas believes the health of your feet and ankles comes first. Don’t wait! Schedule your next appointment in Cromwell, Connecticut by calling us at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care

We are all incredibly busy people – especially now around the holidays! Our busy schedules often see us shirking other routine things, or pushing them further to the bottom of our to-do list. One incredibly important item that should stay constant on that list is foot care! During the holidays, feet can often feel neglected! Considering how important and complex your feet are, however, it’s incredibly important to keep them happy and healthy! Through the holiday season and any time of the year, a great idea is to get in the habit of performing regular foot self-examinations.

What is the best method of examining my feet?

Whenever it fits in your routine, use your eyes and hands to check over and feel all the surfaces of your feet and ankles. Make sure you check between each toe and under the heel. If you need help checking a certain area of your feet, grab a hand mirror, or ask a friend or family member.

What should I be looking for?

  • Redness. Color change, especially redness, could be a sign of decreased circulation, an infection, a rash, or too much pressure in an area from your footwear.
  • Toenail issues. Your nails are prone to fungal infections, and if they’re not properly cut, you could suffer from a painful ingrown toenail.
  • Swelling. If you notice swelling out of the blue, or if swelling has increased in an area since previous checks, or if it is only one foot, those are causes for alarm.
  • Blisters. Friction or pressure from ill-fitting shoes can often cause blisters. These can lead to painful ulcers or dangerous infections, especially if you are a patient with diabetes.
  • Cuts, scratches, bleeding, or abrasions. Breaks in the skin can quickly lead to infections. If you notice a cut that is not healing, it could be a sign of a something bigger going on internally.

Everyone can benefit from foot self-exams! For people with poor circulation, neuropathy, diabetes, or compromised systems in any other way, self-examinations should be done frequently and should be coupled with annual visits to the podiatrist.

If you notice any of the aforementioned issues or anything else out of the ordinary during a self-examination, it’s time to give us a call! Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC keeps up to date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently-located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetes   pedicure   athletic footwear  

Since people often neglect their feet around the holidays with all hustle and the bustle, a thoughtful foot-related gift could help offset that neglect! Holiday mugs, coffee shop gift cards, or Hallmark trinkets might not seem sentimental enough for your friends and family, especially if they spend long hours on their feet. Show them you care by giving them a gift that makes their feet feel good!

Creative Gifts to Pamper Feet

We put together these helpful gift ideas for anyone on your “nice” list:

  • A lavish collection of foot lotions and creams. Throw in a foot scrub or loofah for a little extra touch.
  • Pre-packaged deals of bath crystals and foot scrubbers to cleanse while exfoliating.
  • An elevating under-the-desk footrest.
  • Yoga sandals for balance and posture
  • A foot warmer for a little extra warmth on the toes during cold nights.
  • Personal pedicure set for use at home or to bring to a nail salon.
  • An in-shower foot scrubber.
  • A foot massager complete with heat and compression features.
  • A foot care travel kit with nail clippers, emery board, moisturizer, bandaids, blister pads, and antibiotic cream.
  • Compression socks that help with circulation issues.
  • High-quality socks that wick away moisture and keep feet warm. Extra padding is great if your giftee has diabetes.
  • An extra-cushiony kitchen mat that relieves aching feet while cooking.
  • A running shoe arch support that keeps athletic footwear dry and fresh.
  • Heated slippers.
  • If you don’t have time for shopping, anyone would love a pedicure or foot spa gift certificate! Just make sure you check out the place for cleanliness beforehand.

Any of these foot care gifts will continue giving long into the New Year!

We’re here for any holiday foot woes

If you wrecked your feet during the holidays and need some relief, we’re here for you at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up-to-date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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