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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know it’s the time of year when ghosts and goblins appear, and scary images abound for Halloween. However, when it comes to caring for your feet, fear shouldn’t be a factor. With podiatric issues, the trick is not waiting to seek evaluation and treatment. If you see something unusual happening to your feet or you experience any pain or discomfort, it’s essential you contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment.

Below are some conditions with names that might sound scary but can easily be treated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas:

Xerosis—is not uncommon as we get into the colder weather months we see patients with this condition, which is very dry skin. The heat in our homes, cars, and offices dries the skin. Frequent hot showers and the type of soap you use can also play a role. Most of the time, the diligent application of a rich moisturizer to the feet several times a day will take care of xerosis. Less frequently, however, intensely dry skin can be a sign of another problem such as diabetes. For this reason, it’s best to let the foot doctor take a look.

Onychomycosis—yikes! You might be concerned if the foot doctor delivered this diagnosis. That is until you learn this is the medical term for toenail fungus. Although this condition may be stubborn and take some time to clear up, it is rarely a serious problem if treated promptly. The podiatrist will determine the best way to deal with your fungal infection and may use topical or oral medications or a procedure known as debridement, which removes the infected area of the nail.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome—many of our Middlesex County patients have started running or walking to stay in shape safely during the pandemic. And this means an increase in the number of cases of this condition—more commonly known as shin splints—that we expect to see in our office. Pain on the sides of your shin bones, which may be accompanied by swelling and tenderness, can be caused by arch problems, a muscle imbalance, or even improper footwear.

No foot condition is too scary for us! If you have a foot or ankle problem, contact us today.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we offer top-quality foot care for the entire family. We encourage our Middlesex County families to be proactive in the health of their feet and ankles. At each stage of life, however, there are different areas of concern we focus on. Below are some tips for every member of your family:

Infants' and Children's Pediatric Foot Care

For babies, the most important foot health tip is to allow your infant to kick, stretch, and freely move their feet. During the first year of life, feet change and develop rapidly. Avoid tight socks and shoes which can be restrictive and affect the shape of the foot. As the child progresses to the toddler stage and starts to walk, you’ll be able to observe their gait. Be aware, however, early walkers may appear pigeon-toed, walk on tip-toes, and do other strange things that are not necessarily abnormal for their age. Your young child may also not appear to have much of an arch until they lose their baby fat. The most important concern in childhood is making sure you stay ahead of fast-growing feet and frequently check to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. If you have any concerns about how their feet look or how they walk, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can take a look at your child’s feet and determine if anything out of the ordinary is happening.

Adults' Pediatric Foot Care

From young adulthood thru middle ages, good foot care consists of good habits, including:

  • Wearing shoes that fit well and choosing styles that do not have narrow toe boxes or very high heels.
  • Proper hygiene.
  • Eating a healthy diet that helps maintain an appropriate weight and has adequate amounts of calcium for strong bones.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Inspecting feet periodically and reporting any pain or abnormalities promptly to the foot doctor.

Senior Foot Care

Foot problems are not “normal” as you age! If you’ve maintained good foot health habits in your younger years, you will reduce the number of foot problems in your senior years. However, some issues may require additional attention. Exercise continues to be important, but consider adding a class or activity that helps improve balance to help lower fall risk. Stay current with other medical appointments to detect health issues that may impact your feet in their earliest stages. Be vigilant about hygiene and routine care to prevent many common foot problems.

No matter what your age or stage of life, we’re here for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns, (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 03, 2020
Category: Foot Care

With high humidity and temperatures climbing to over 90 fairly consistently in Middlesex County, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists know patients who experience swelling of the feet and ankles may think the weather is the cause of their discomfort. While it’s true prolonged exposure to high heat can result in dilation of blood vessels, which in turn causes fluid to pool in your feet, there are other, more concerning reasons for swelling (also known as edema). If your swelling doesn’t diminish after you put your feet up for while inside where it’s cooler, it may be due to one of the five reasons below.

  1. Sprained ankle—did your ankle give way recently when you were walking? Even it wasn’t bad enough for you to fall, you may have overstretched the ligaments. Swelling can be a sign of a sprain. Try to stay off the foot for a while and keep it elevated as much as possible. Apply ice and a compression bandage to help reduce swelling. If this does not work or it becomes painful, make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine the injury.
  2. Pregnancy complications—if you’re expecting, some swelling is normal due to physical and hormonal changes your body is going through. However, sudden swelling, especially if accompanied by abdominal pain, headache, nausea, or vision changes can signal a serious medical problem called preeclampsia. This condition occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy and causes dangerously high blood pressure.
  3. Medication—many drugs may have the side effect of causing swelling of feet or ankles. Some examples include hormones, steroids, blood pressure medications that are calcium channel blockers, certain anti-depressants, and some drugs used to treat diabetes.
  4. Infection—sometimes swelling indicates an infection in your foot. Patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy or other nerve condition are more susceptible to foot infections. If you have one of these conditions, you should report swelling to the podiatrist as soon as possible.
  5. Organ disease—the heart, liver, and kidneys when failing can all cause swelling of the feet as a symptom and may be accompanied by loss of appetite, fatigue, and weight gain. These are obviously very serious conditions and illustrate why it’s important to not delay in seeking treatment for edema.

If you have persistent swelling in your lower extremities, Dr.Adam Mucinskas and Feet First Foot Care Specialists can help you. Contact us today, by calling 860-632-5499.

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

At Feet First Foot Care, if you’re plagued with toe cramps, we know it’s no small matter. In most cases, toe cramps are not medically serious, but they certainly can be extremely painful and make it difficult to do most anything until they subside.

Here are three common causes of this pesky condition:

  1. Over/under exertion—ironically, toe cramps can be caused by either too much or too little physical activity. For many of our Middlesex County patients, the last three months spent at home to prevent the spread of COVID have resulted in an increase in foot pain due to re-entry into normal activity once again. If the onset of toe cramps is recent, this may be the reason. If, however, your activity level is normally low and that hasn’t changed, toe cramps may also be the result of little or no exercise. In either case, a steady amount of physical activity and some gentle stretching and flexing of the toes should help.

  2. Weight Gain—are you one of those people who has noticed the unwelcome side effect of being stuck at home?  Is the needle on the scale creeping upward? If so, you’re not alone. Extra pounds put a substantial strain on your feet and knees.  However—every pound you gain puts an additional 3 to 5 pounds of pressure on your lower extremities.

  3. Loss of Electrolytes—dehydration and a lack of certain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium can also cause cramping in your toes and also your lower legs. Try water or sports drink that is infused with electrolytes. To make sure you’re getting enough water every day, fill a half-gallon container in the morning and try to finish it before the day is over.

If none of these solutions seem to help with your toe cramps, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to rule out any other medical conditions.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: beach day   spf   protect foot skin  

In Connecticut, state beaches are open, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know our Middlesex County patients are most likely happy to hear it. After a long period of home confinement, it will be good to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun. Before you go, check the status of the beaches and get safety tips from the state here. You’ll also want to take a few precautions to protect your feet as well.

  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before you get to the beach. Remember to re-apply every two hours, and each time after you come out of the water. Don’t forget the bottoms of your feet as well if you are spending time sitting out on a beach blanket.
  • Wear shoes to get to your spot. As inviting as the sand looks, it can be extremely hot, especially if the sun is high in the sky and the sand has been absorbing that warmth for several hours. The same goes for asphalt in the parking lot.
  • Bring sneakers for active play. If beach volleyball or a long walk down the shore is part of your plan, wear the right footwear. Sand shifts making it difficult to avoid wrenching your ankle if you are wearing flip-flops. Sneakers will also prevent injuries and puncture wounds from sharp objects buried in the sand.
  • Keep your feet covered in restrooms and changing areas. Damp surfaces where other people walk barefoot are the most likely place to catch a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. Most foot infections are spread by direct contact.
  • Watch out for jellyfish. Even jellyfish that have washed up on the shore can still sting you if you step on them. Bring along some baking soda or vinegar to help relieve the sting if you accidentally come in contact with one. Most of the time a jellyfish sting will heal within a few days. If it doesn’t, or you sustain another foot injury, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas to get the necessary treatment.


 








 

 

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