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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.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients have put a lot of life on hold during the stay at home phase of COVID 19. Now that the state is starting to re-open, it’s time to take care of some podiatric health care issues that may have taken a back seat in recent months. 

Get Necessary Medical Care

If you suffer from an ongoing condition such as diabetes, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis, it’s important that you get any care, treatments, or preventive checkups that were postponed during the pandemic. Delaying podiatric healthcare can have serious long-term consequences. Contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to get the care you need.

Re-Boot Your Fitness Plan

If you spent most of the stay at home time in your home office chair or on the couch, your level of physical activity might have decreased significantly. Pair that with some “comfort eating,” and you’ve got a recipe for getting out of shape quickly. Deliberately re-starting your exercise regimen can help you both physically and mentally. It all starts in your head. Visualize your fitness goals and then decide if you want to go back to a familiar routine or try something new. If you’ve been inactive for a while, remember to start up slowly and don’t neglect warm-ups and stretches to prevent foot and ankle injuries.

Check Your Shoes

Buying new shoes may have been low on your priority list for the last few months, but one of the top causes of foot pain is wearing shoes that are worn out or don’t fit properly. Inventory your shoe closet and get rid of shoes that are stretched out, damaged, or show other signs of wear. Don’t forget to check your workout shoes as well.

If you start to experience any new foot or ankle pain, contact us promptly, 860-632-5499

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Each year, over 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States. In fact, it’s the most common form of cancer that people get. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know many of our Middlesex County patients are itching to get out on Connecticut beaches, so it’s a good time pass on some prevention tips in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Avoid direct exposure when the sun is at its strongest. That means during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. make sure there’s a source of shade nearby if you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period.
  • Use a good sunscreen. By good, we mean a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays. It should have a minimum SPF of 15. If your fun in the sun includes water or excessive perspiration, a water-resistant variety is important.
  • Apply properly. Sunscreen only works when it’s covering your skin. Sounds obvious, but that means you need to apply carefully making sure no areas are missed. It’s also important to re-apply every two hours or after you’ve been swimming. Remember too, that sun damage can occur on short walks to work or running out to get lunch. Anytime your skin will be exposed, apply sunscreen before going out.
  • Never use tanning beds. Indoor tanning beds raise your risk for all kinds of cancer, even with a single-use. Using a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases your risk for melanoma by 75%.
  • Examine the skin on your feet (and the rest of your body) regularly. Watch for new moles, freckles, or lesions and monitor existing ones for changes.

Anytime that you notice an unusual symptom in your feet, it’s best to contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 and arranging a consultation. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas will examine your feet and to diagnose your condition and determine the appropriate course of treatment.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 11, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re beginning to hear a familiar sound here in Middlesex County—lawnmowers. Despite a chilly spring, the grass is greening up, and that means more of our patients will be engaging in that spring and summer maintenance task of mowing the lawn. Unfortunately, it also means emergency rooms will see a rise in mower related accidents—recent statistics show that on average, 80,000 people sustain a foot or other injury from a mower, and many of these are children.

Here are some reminders on how to mow safely.

Do: wear sturdy shoes. Never mow the lawn barefoot, and flip-flops are not acceptable! They are unstable, and your foot can easily slip out and into the blades of mower whirling at 3,000 revolutions per minute.

Don’t: let your child ride on the mower with you, no matter how much they beg. Each year countless tragic accidents and loss of toes, fingers, and limbs occur to children due to slipping off a running mower.

Do: keep children inside while you mow or if they are going to be outside, establish firm rules about not trying to talk to a parent who is mowing, or come anywhere near the area that is being mowed.

Do: pick up sticks and other debris in the yard before mowing. Many mowers will pick up small objects and shoot them out at high speed with the potential to cause harm to anyone nearby.

Don’t: attempt to add gasoline to a power mower while it is running.

Do: wait until your lawn is completely dry before attempting to mow. Slipping and losing control on wet grass is the leading cause of foot injuries by power mowers.

Do: use a mower that has an automatic release mechanism that shuts the mower off if your hands let go.

If you do sustain an injury, even a minor cut from a blade, stop and clean the wound immediately. If you have concerns about the injury, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your foot.



 








 

 

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