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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.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
December 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gout Pain   Gout Treatments  

If you’ve recently experienced waking up in the middle of the night with extreme, throbbing pain in the joint at the base of your big toe, you may have had an episode of gout. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we see more cases of gout during the holiday season. Find out why and other important information about this condition with the facts below.

  • FACT: Gout is an arthritic condition (sometimes known as gouty arthritis). It is a result of uric acid building up and crystallizing in a joint.
  • FACT: Gout can occur in any joint, but the place it most commonly happens is the big toe. It may be because it is farther from the heart and, therefore, lower in temperature, which increases the risk of crystallization. The excessive use and pressure from walking may also play a role.
  • FACT: The people most susceptible to gout are men aged 40 to 60. However, gout can attack men or women at younger ages as well.
  • FACT: Gout can have many sources. Some of these include diabetes and hypertension and chemotherapy, surgery, stress, obesity, and taking certain medications and vitamins.
  • FACT: For many patients, some foods and beverages can trigger a gout attack. These include red meat, shellfish, organ meats, red wine, heavy sauces, brandy, and beer. These items are frequently featured in holiday meals and increased in cases at this time of the year. Patients with a sensitivity to these foods may need to limit or even eliminate them from their diet severely.
  • FACT: There are a few treatment methods available for gout.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can prescribe medications to help with the flare-up and prevent future attacks. Resting and elevated the affected foot will also be necessary. Drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding known triggers for gout attacks will also be recommended.

If you suspect you may have gout or have additional questions about this condition, contact our Cromwell office today by calling: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
November 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients will be focusing on gratitude this week during the Thanksgiving holiday. Although our holiday gatherings may be a little less traditional this year, one thing that remains the same, the season is an opportunity to express gratitude for our many blessings—one of which is your feet!

Your feet are pretty incredible. They contain 52 bones—nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body, 66 joints, 214 ligaments, and 38 muscles. It’s because of your feet that you can stand, walk, run, dance, bend over and reach high. Most of us, however, tend to take our feet for granted until they have a problem. Please take a moment during this time to consider one of these suggestions for showing your gratitude for all they do.

Buy New Shoes

Some studies estimate that up to 90% of people wear shoes that are the wrong size for their feet. Get your feet professionally measured. Your foot can get larger as you age. It’s also not unusual to find that one of your feet is larger than the other. Always buy shoes that are comfortable for the larger foot. Look for good-quality shoes made of soft, flexible material. Be sure they have adequate arch support, a cushioned insole, and a non-slip tread. Your shoes are one of the primary factors in determining the health of your feet.

Commit to a Foot Care Regimen

Being proactive in the care of your feet doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Merely washing your feet every day (and drying completely), applying foot powder if you tend to sweat excessively, and moisturizing at night before bed is an excellent basic routine. Healthy lifestyle choices like maintaining an appropriate weight and exercising will also improve the health of your feet.

Get a Podiatric Checkup

There are several benefits to getting a checkup for your feet. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can diagnose and treat all chronic pain or foot discomfort you are experiencing and offer tips on preventing many common foot problems. He’ll also get your medical history, which can help analyze your risk for foot disorders that can be hereditary. Contact our Cromwell office today for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499.

Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season to all our patients!

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.



 








 

 

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