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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 07, 2020
Category: Foot conditions

At Feet First Foot Care, we’re hearing from many of our Middlesex County patients that they are taking up the sport of running. The pandemic has made some people re-think their fitness plans, and running while maintaining safe social distance and avoiding venues where there are many other people. We applaud our patients for making regular exercise a priority but also want to help protect them from some podiatric problems that runners often face.

Here are some common injuries and disorders associated with running and how to prevent them:

  1. Achilles Tendonitis—this inflammation of the long tendon that runs along the back of your lower leg from calf to heel is especially common in new runners or those who are becoming active again after a long period of inactivity. Being overly enthusiastic and jumping into long, intense runs without the proper conditioning can result in severe pain to the Achilles tendon. Running hills and sprints can also increase the risk of this condition. Start slowly and increase the pace and duration gradually. Be sure to include stretches for the calves in your warm-ups and cooldowns.

  2. Ankle Sprains—landing the wrong way on your foot and twisting an ankle can happen when you run. If you have chronic weak ankles, be sure the running shoes you purchase will provide firm ankle support. Choose a place to run such as a school track, that is unlikely to have holes, divots, or debris that can cause an ankle-twisting to occur.

  3. Athlete’s Foot—you may not associate fungal infection with running.  However, your feet will be spending regular time in a moist, dark, warm place (your sneakers!), and those are the perfect breeding conditions for bacteria and fungi. Don’t wear the same pair of socks for more than one day and air out your shoes between runs. Practice good basic hygiene and wash your feet daily. Use an antifungal or foot powder if foot odor is a problem.

  4. Heel Pain—the repetitive pressure your heels experience when running can result in pain. If you have flat feet or a tendency to overpronate, you may also have an inflammation of the plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot, which can also lead to heel pain. Additional arch support or a custom orthotic may help.

The bottom line is if you experience any acute or ongoing pain or discomfort after you start a running program, it’s essential that you contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet and determine the source of the discomfort before a worse injury occurs.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 21, 2019
Category: Foot conditions

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, the health of your feet is our number one priority. One way we encourage our patients to keep their feet healthy is by contacting our Cromwell office as soon as they experience pain or other unusual foot symptoms. This way, our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can examine your feet and determine if there is a foot disorder present. However, there are many ways you can be good to your feet when they’re not hurting so that they can continue to enable you to live the active life you love.

  • Get your feet professionally measured. Did you know that some studies show that 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet? Cramped toe boxes can increase the risk and severity of bunions and hammertoes.
  • Don’t wear flat shoes. For proper alignment and biomechanical functioning, your arches need support. When feet are flat, it causes heel pain and can lead to plantar fasciitis.
  • Wash your feet every day. This simple act can help prevent many foot infections.
  • Keep an extra pair of socks in your bag. Fungi love moist, warm, dark places. When your feet sit in damp socks, you are creating the perfect environment for fungal infections to thrive.
  • Don’t go barefoot. Keeping your feet covered will lower your risk for athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and warts—all of which are spread by direct contact.
  • Don’t file your toenails with rounded edges. This encourages the nail to grow downward and can lead to painful ingrown toenails.
  • Exercise regularly. This has several benefits for your feet. First, it keeps them flexible and helps maintain range of motion. Regular exercise also reduces the risk and the severity of arthritic conditions. In addition, it helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure which can cause harm to your feet.
  • Skip the second helpings. A lower weight means less strain on your feet and ankles.

If you have health concerns about your feet or questions about being proactive about their health, contact us at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 26, 2018
Category: Foot conditions

Even with the freezing temperatures we’re experiencing here in Connecticut, are you still dealing with extra sweaty feet? Sweaty feet are typically associated with summer heat waves, but here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, we talk to patients year-round who are dealing with sweaty feet. There’s a condition called hyperhidrosis that can cause people to sweat excessively, despite the temperature outside!

How do I know if I have hyperhidrosis?

Here are a few clues to look for to determine if you have hyperhidrosis:

  • Your feet sweat excessively all the time. Even in the winter months, your feet seem to be sweating.
  • Your palms also frequently tend to get sweaty.
  • You feel sweaty even when people around you don’t. (Often people with hyperhidrosis have a lower “set point,” that triggers their bodies to begin sweating at lower temperatures than normal.)
  • Feet have a wet and whitish appearance.
  • You often get fungal foot infections (fungi are attracted to moist, warm places).
  • You have noticeable foot odor daily. Odor arises when sweat interacts with bacteria which produce bad smells.

Drier feet can be achieved!

If you think you have hyperhidrosis, get in touch with us today. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet thoroughly and determine if you have this condition. If you do, there are a number of treatment options available. Hyperhidrosis treatment ranges from medication to noninvasive procedures called iontophoresis, which utilizes a mild electrical current to help reduce sweating in your feet. If you have a severe case, there is a surgical procedure that can be performed. The surgery interrupts the nerve signals that control sweating on their way to the brain.

While you’re waiting for your appointment, there are several steps you can take that will help with your sweaty feet. Try these:

  • Wash your feet daily using antibacterial soap.
  • Dry your feet completely after each wash and apply foot powder or cornstarch.
  • Wear moisture-wicking socks and shoes that allow your feet to breath.
  • Bring an extra pair of socks and change if you notice your feet getting damp.

If you’re dealing with extra sweaty feet or any other foot or ankle issue, it’s time to give us a call! Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC keeps up to date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently-located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 31, 2018
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: calluses   othotics  

Calluses happen when there is constant pressure being applied to a localized area of the foot. This action produces dense layers of dead skin that form this condition. They can occur when shoes are too tight because the shoe tends to rub against the skin of the foot in a forceful manner. It’s also important to understand that the hardening of the skin is in response to the friction to protect it. Although there is a good purpose behind their creation, they can, however, get painful. If the skin of the callus begins to break down, infections can occur through that opening and will have an optimal place with which to thrive due to the dark and moist conditions inside shoes. Other factors that can lead to the formation of calluses are deformities, wearing high-heeled shoes and using socks that do not fit correctly.

Treatment for calluses involves:

  • Shaving down layers of dead skin by a medical professional so as to avoid any complications such as a bacterial or fungal infection.
  • Utilizing salicylic acid to chemically burn off layers of dead skin without having to use a sharp instrument to cut them off.
  • Orthotics are helpful for reducing pressure.
  • Antibiotics to kill off infections.
  • Surgical procedures may also be helpful if the above methods are not successful. This can be accomplished via correcting areas where bones are protruding or fixing other deformities.

Calluses can be hard to get rid of if they are allowed to develop into thick layers of dead skin. Once that dense area becomes infected, it can be difficult to treat. Therefore, please contact us when you start to notice their formation so that we can treat them before they become painful. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can assist you with eliminating your calluses. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education section is another resource you can look into to learn more about this and many other feet and ankle conditions!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: calluses  

Calluses are areas of rigid and thick growth that generally develop on the ball of the foot, as repeated pressure and friction are applied to them. They can become a disturbance to your general foot health and should be treated in due course. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has many years of experience with treating this condition at the Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 or visit the Patient Education section of our website to find out more about this condition.

A callus can present itself in different colors, such as white, yellow or even brown. They happen to be more common in women due to the fact that they are caused more often by friction, which high heels and women’s shoes tend to cause. The skin thickens to form a callus as a protective mechanism. However, infected calluses can be painful and might bleed. Calluses that happen on the portion of the foot that bears the most weight can also be extremely painful. Yet calluses must be distinguished from other conditions which also cause hardening of the skin in the same areas of the foot, such as inherited disorders which may present themselves as calluses to the untrained eye, but could nonetheless be a symptom of something different or more serious.

Treatment for this condition is most effective when it reduces friction. Eliminating badly fitting shoes and placing strategic padding on the area will allow calluses to heal. Combining these methods with medications will be the best form of initial treatment. If an infection occurs in an area of the callus, there may need to be a removal performed by a medical professional to prevent any additional complications. Antibiotics will likely be prescribed thereafter to kill off the infection and to prevent it from spreading.

Calluses can be taken care of at the very beginning through self-treatment; however, they can become painful and lead to unnecessary infections if neglected. Please contact our office today to give your feet the best chance they have of making sure your calluses are removed efficiently and remain gone!

 



 








 

 

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