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Each January, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists recognize a special event: National Measure Your Feet Day. Why devote an entire day to this task? Well, for starters, it's estimated that as many as 80-90% of people are wearing the wrong size shoes. Improperly fitting shoes can lead to many foot problems such as bunionshammertoesplantar fasciitis, and even ingrown toenails. It's also not uncommon for foot size to change as you age. Ligaments and tendons naturally stretch and relax over time, leading to an increase in shoe size. Weight gain and pregnancy are two other potential causes of feet getting larger. So, this month we encourage all our Middlesex County patients to get their feet professionally measured at a reputable shoe store.

Below are 5 helpful tips for shoe shopping to help you get the right footwear fit:

  1. Check-in with the podiatrist. It is especially important if you have a chronic disorder such as diabetesbunions, flat feet, or Haglund's deformity. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and recommend footwear to accommodate your condition. The podiatrist may prescribe a custom orthotic device for specific biomechanical foot problems. It's important to take the orthotic to the shoe store with you and try on with the footwear you are considering.
  2. Shop for shoes late afternoon or evening. Shopping at the end of the day means you'll be trying on shoes when your feet are at their largest, so they'll be comfortable all through your day. The longer you are on your feet, the more they swell.
  3. Get both your feet measured. You may be surprised to find that one of your feet is bigger than the other, but this is common. The shoes you buy should feel comfortable on the largest foot.
  4. Wiggle your toes. The toe box should be spacious and made of a material that allows your feet free movement inside. There should be about ½ inch (a thumb’s width) of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  5. Don’t rush. Try on both shoes and take your time walking around the store for several minutes to make sure the shoes don’t rub or hurt anywhere on your feet. There should be no “breaking in” period with a new pair of shoes. They should feel comfortable from the moment you buy them.

We hope 2022 is a great year for all our patients. If you have any concerns about the health of your feet or ankles, don’t hesitate to contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.

It’s the New Year, and that means many of our Middlesex County patients are making self-improvement resolutions. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we believe committing to better foot health is a great way to start the New Year off on the right and left foot! 

Here are some of our foot care suggestions:

  • Make an appointment for a comprehensive foot exam. Contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas , will obtain a complete medical history and evaluate any current foot or ankle problems you may be having. The foot doctor can also help assess your risk for developing certain podiatric conditions. Then, formulate a foot care plan that will keep your feet healthy now and in the years to come.
  • Choose footwear wisely. Your shoes are an essential factor in the health of your feet. Styles that lack arch support like ballet flats and flip-flops, for example, increase the chances of heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Wearing high heels with narrow toe boxes can speed the progression of bunionshammertoes, and other toe deformities. Select shoes that provide roomy toe boxes and are made with breathable materials.
  • Start a daily foot care regimen. It does not have to be time-consuming. Simply washing your feet every day (and drying them completely) along with a dusting of foot powder in the morning and moisturizing cream or lotion applied at night is a healthy basic routine.
  • Take care of toenails. Trim and file toenails straight across with no rough edges that could snag. Don’t cut nails so short that the surrounding skin overlaps the nail, as it can lead to ingrown toenails. If you get professional pedicures, please ensure the salon follows appropriate sanitizing procedures for pedicure implements and foot baths.
  • Increase your physical activity. Exercise will benefit your feet in many ways. First, it will improve circulation and flexibility in your feet. Second, it will help you maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight increases the risk of several common foot conditions such as flat feet and sesamoiditis.

We wish all our patients a happy and foot-healthy New Year!

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re wondering, if the feet of our Middlesex County patients could make a wish list for the holidays, what would be on it? It might go something like this:

Dear Santa,

Well, another year is coming to a close, which means I’ve walked another 1,400 miles! I have been good this year. I take my owner wherever she needs to go—and believe me, that’s a lot of places during this busy holiday season! Sometimes, however, I get achy and tired, and there are a few items on my wish list. In no particular order, here are a few of the gifts I’d love to find under the tree this year:

Foot Massager—it would be so lovely after a day of work or shopping to slip my feet into an electric foot massager and feel the stress melt away. I know maintaining good circulation is also essential for healthy feet, and regular massaging would certainly help with that.

Moisturizing Socks—when the heat goes on, my skin gets dry and flaky. I saw they now make socks that contain moisturizing gel in them. I would love to slip those on before I go to bed and let that moisturizer work its way into my heels which tend to get painful cracks in the winter.

Anti-Fatigue Mat—I try not to complain about when I stand at the sink prepping vegetables and fruits for family meals and cleaning the dishes afterward. Still, an anti-fatigue mat would make those chores so much more enjoyable. The cushiony comfort and slight movements those mats would cause me to make would leave my feet feeling way less tired when kitchen work is done.

New Shoes— I think my owner forgets that shoes do have a lifespan. Even though our go-to athletic shoes still look pretty good, I notice lately the insole cushioning feels compacted, and the arch isn’t as supportive as when we originally bought them. I’m sure it’s been over 500 miles in them, and I know they’re past due for replacing.

If it’s possible to bring me one or more of these items, Santa, I would appreciate it. And don’t forget something special for my owner too. She takes good care of me and always contacts the Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to bring me to see our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, at the first sign of foot pains or problems.

Happy Holidays to you and Mrs. Claus,

Jennie’s Feet

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
December 06, 2021
Category: Foot Care

'Tis the season for shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, and entertaining! At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to ensure all our Middlesex County patients don’t lose the “happy” in their holidays because of foot pain. Below are four tips to help you take care of your feet during this busy time. 

  1. Function vs. Fashion—Choose Wisely—It’s a tricky season for footwear. There are many festive occasions you’ll want to dress up, but lots of tasks will require long hours on your feet. Don’t sacrifice your feet on the altar of style. Make a trusted pair of athletic shoes your go-to shoes for shopping days, and save the fashion boots and heels for holiday events only. 
  2. Avoid Slip-Sliding into an Ankle Sprain—If you’re wearing those pretty heels for a holiday party, pack them and make your way to your destination in shoes with a good gripping tread to get you safely across slippery surfaces. Always scope out the best cleared and treated route to get to where you’re going. Don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the ground in front of you.
  3. Be Merry—Without Overeating and Drinking—If you can avoid gaining weight in December, your feet will thank you in January. Excess weight has an exponential effect on your lower extremities. For every pound you gain, you put an additional 3-5 pounds of pressure on your knees and feet. If you are prone to gout, be on the lookout for triggers on the buffet table like shellfish, red meat, rich sauces, red wine, and beer.
  4. Know When to Say “No”—No matter how busy your holiday season is don’t ignore your feet when they tell you they need a break. It’s best to pace yourself and alternate days that require you to be on your feet with rest days. It’s also a good idea to put your feet up (elevated above your heart preferably) at the end of the day.

If you have persistent foot or ankle discomfort, don’t put off contacting our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine you to determine the cause of your foot pain and the correct treatment to get you back on your feet to enjoy all the season offers.

Here in Middlesex County, hunting season is upon us. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that many hunters do not associate this activity with risk to the health and safety of their feet. Take the necessary precautions to protect your feet this hunting season.

 

Don’t try to defy gravity. Guess what the most significant cause of hunting accidents is? Surprise: it’s not firearms; it’s falling. According to the International Hunters Education Association, 6,000 hunters sustain injuries from falling out of elevated tree stands compared to fewer than 1,000 from guns. Among the more common injuries are fractures of bones in heels, feet, and legs. 75 to 80% of these falls happen as hunters ascend or descend a tree. There are a wide variety of harnesses available to prevent falls.

 

Fight fungal infections. Fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenails love dark, moist places—like the insides of your boots. It’s a good idea to apply an anti-fungal powder to your feet before putting your socks on. If you wear two pairs of socks, make sure the one closest to your skin is a synthetic material that wicks moisture away from the skin. Keep a spare pair of socks in your pack and swap them out if you notice your feet feel sweaty.

 

Watch where you’re walking. Another common cause of ankle sprains, foot, and other injuries is tripping or falling over sticks, roots, rocks, or other natural materials. Be aware of what’s in your path and be particularly cautious if there is snow, mud, or ice on the ground.

Be sure to let someone know where you are hunting and what time you plan to be back, just in case an injury occurs when you are out of cell phone range. If you do have a foot or ankle injury while hunting, don’t delay in seeking medical attention. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will conduct a complete examination of your feet and ankles and order any x-rays or other imaging studies to determine the full extent of an injury and proper treatment.



 








 

 

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