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At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, now that summer is in full swing, we know many of our Middlesex County patients will be planning trips to some of Connecticut and Rhode Island’s beautiful beaches. A day of fun in the sun and surf is a great way to cool off on a hot day, but it also presents some unique challenges to your feet and ankles.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to ensure your beach day isn’t a bust for your feet:

Do: remember to apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your and your children’s feet. The sand reflects the sun’s rays and so time spent lounging on a beach blanket can result in severe sunburn to the soles of the feet that will make it difficult to walk for several days. Use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 that’s water-resistant and protects against UVA and UVB rays. Reapply often!

Don’t: play games with potential sports injuries. If you enjoy a good game of beach volleyball or a little extreme frisbee in the sand, remember to pack a pair of athletic shoes. It’s hard to gain traction and maintain balance in the shifting sand, and ankle sprains and other injuries can occur without supportive footwear.

Do: bring some vinegar or baking soda to the beach. While this may seem like a strange addition to your beach bag, it will reduce the pain and swelling if you get a jellyfish sting. Remember that even dead jellyfish washed up on the sand can still sting.

Do: slip on your shoes or flip-flops before taking a walk on the beach. Hot sand can quickly cause burns on the soles of your feet. In addition, keeping your feet covered will protect them from puncture wounds and cuts caused by objects hidden in the sand.

Don’t: bring home an unwanted souvenir of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. Fungi and bacteria thrive in warm, moist places such as beach restrooms and changing areas. Always wear your flip-flops or water shoes when walking in these and other public places that see lots of barefoot traffic to avoid coming in contact with a foot infection.

We hope our patients enjoy many beach days this summer! If you do sustain an injury or have another foot problem you’re concerned about, be sure to contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and determine the correct treatment for your foot pain.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know our Middlesex County patients are ready for some summer fun. With covid restrictions lifted, it’s a great time to enjoy beach and pool days, hiking, biking, watersports, shopping, site seeing and visiting with family and friends. However, we want our patients to get the most out of the season and keep their feet safe and healthy.

Four helpful tips for preventing foot problems this summer:

  • Wear the right shoe for your brand of summer fun. Too often we see patients whose summer activities have come to a screeching halt due to an ankle sprain or other injury they received because they weren’t wearing shoes that were appropriate for the activity they were doing. High-heeled sandals on a site-seeing tour or playing beach volleyball in flip flops are just two common examples of inappropriate footwear choices that can end in painful injuries. Plan ahead and choose shoes that are best suited to what you’ll be doing.

  • Don’t wear sneakers without socks. Sweaty summer feet need socks. Bacteria is always present in shoes. When it mixes with perspiration, both feet and shoes become stinky, and infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are more likely to develop. Choose an absorbent type of sock and change it whenever you notice your feet feel moist. Further, reduce your risk of contracting a foot infection by keeping your feet covered in public places. 

  • Remember to use sunscreen. A bad sunburn on your feet can make it impossible to put on shoes or even walk. It’s also bad for your skin and increases your chances of developing skin cancer down the road. Apply sunscreen to the skin on your feet while you apply it to the rest of your body. Even if you are using a water-resistant variety, you should reapply after swimming or every two hours. Remember to put sunscreen on your feet when shopping, running errands, and any time you are outside and expose your feet to the sun.

  • Limit barefoot time. Although feeling the grass and sand between your toes is considered quintessential summer, it also dramatically increases your risk of injury. Sharp objects lurk out of sight in the yard and at the beach, which can cause cuts and puncture wounds. Going barefoot also raises your chances of stepping on a bee or other stinging bug or a washed-up jellyfish at the beach. If you have diabetes, you must keep your feet covered.

If, despite all your efforts to protect your feet, you do sustain an injury or notice a rash or other unusual foot symptoms, contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499 and make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to get it evaluated promptly.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
April 20, 2021
Category: Foot Care

When does taking care of your feet not directly involve your feet? In honor of National Foot Health Awareness Month, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists want to share some essential tips for podiatric health that may surprise you.

  1. Eat Nutritiously—The food you eat has an impact on your feet and ankles. It’s important to get enough calcium and vitamin D through dairy products, leafy greens, beans, lentils, sardines, and canned salmon to support the 26 bones in each of your feet. You can also help control inflammation—a common symptom in many foot disorders—by eating foods that fight inflammation (berries, salmon, turmeric, flax) and avoiding those that can elevate it (fried and processed foods, sugars).

  2. Maintain a Healthy Weight—If only each pound you gain put one additional pound of pressure on your feet. However, you gain the load on your lower extremities for every pound by 3-5 pounds. Many common foot ailments like flat feetsesamoiditis, and plantar fasciitis are made much worse by being overweight.

  3. Don’t Smoke—In addition to raising your risk for cancer and heart disease, smoking also impedes circulation. Good blood flow is essential for health and healing in your lower legs and feet.

  4. Exercise Regularly—When you commit to getting at least 150 or more active minutes a week, you benefit your feet in more than one way. You improve flexibility and circulation. Being physically active also helps you burn calories and keep your weight down. Additionally, exercise can be a safeguard against other diseases associated with medical complications for feet and ankles.

  5. Get Annual Eye Exams—One common cause of trips and falls, resulting in ankle sprainsfractures, and other injuries, is poor vision. Changes to your eyes can occur slowly and gradually. Sticking to a regular schedule of eye exams will minimize this risk.

  6. Manage Medical Conditions— Several systemic diseases can harm your feet. Diabetes and heart disease, for example, can both cause poor circulation, which increases the chance of infection and even amputation. Following your doctor’s treatment plan and making lifestyle choices that help keep these and other conditions in check will improve the health of your feet.

If you have questions about how to be proactive in the health of your feet and ankles, don’t hesitate to ask our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, during your next visit to our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499.

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.



 








 

 

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