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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 29, 2020
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: toe pain   toe deformities  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, a condition we often see in our Middlesex county office is deformities of one or more toes. Many patients mistakenly think that there is nothing that can be done about these disorders and unfortunately doesn’t come to our Cromwell office to have them evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, until they have become extremely painful and debilitating. At that point, toe deformities are more difficult to treat and correct. Below are three common toe problems and what to do about them. 

Hammertoe

This deformity affects the second, third or fourth toe and is marked by a bend in the middle joint causing it to resemble its namesake hammer appearance. Hammertoes most often occur due to a muscle imbalance or wearing improperly fitting shoes. When diagnosed in the early stage—while the toe is still flexible—the podiatrist can try strapping the toe, exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles and shoe modifications to slow the progression of the deformity. Left untreated, hammertoes can become rigid in the bent position. In that case, only surgery will be able to correct the deformity.

Claw Toe

Patients with claw toe have usually suffered nerve damage from a disease like diabetes or alcoholism. The nerve damage causes the muscles to weaken in the foot and the toes begin to take on a claw-like appearance. The abnormal bend of the toe makes wearing shoes uncomfortable and painful corns may then develop. When detected early, the foot doctor can use splints and tape to hold the toe in its correct position.

Bunions

A bunion is actually a bone deformity where the joint at the base of the big toe becomes enlarged and starts to move out of place, producing the easily identified bulge on the side of the big toe. Not only do many patients consider this condition unsightly, but it also can be extremely painful as the protrusion rubs against footwear, becoming red and tender. Corns may form and walking hurts. Over time, arthritis or bursitis may set in and calluses can form on the bottom of the foot. Fortunately, there are several conservative and surgical treatment options available.

The key with all of these deformities is to contact us as soon as you notice a toe appears to be moving out of place or taking on an abnormal shape. The sooner we can treat a toe deformity, the greater the likelihood that a conservative measure will take care of the problem.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 03, 2019
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that, if you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you won’t likely soon forget what it felt like. It’s amazing that something as tiny as a toenail can cause such excruciating pain! When a toenail starts to grow back into the skin surrounding the nail, the area will become red, swollen and hard. Left untreated, it can also become infected. We urge all our Fairfield County patients not to delay if they notice pus or other discharge around the nail, a foul smell or they have a fever. Contact our Cromwell office immediately by calling: (860) 632-5499.

Below are some causes of ingrown toenails and what you can do to prevent this condition:

Improper Nail Trimming—this is the most frequent reason toenails become ingrown. Always cut your nails straight across but do not make them too short, especially on the sides. This makes it easy for the skin to overlap the nail and the nail to start to grow into the skin. Never file toenails with a rounded or curved edge.

Too Tight Shoes—another common cause of ingrown toenails is shoes that squeeze the toes together. If your shoes are too small, the toe box is exceedingly narrow or you spend lots of time in high heels which force the toes down and together, you’re increasing your risk for an ingrown toenail. Choose styles with lots of space in the front to freely wiggle your toes and keep heels to two inches or less.

Fungal Infections Run Amok—if you have a fungal infection such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus and don’t seek treatment promptly, the infection can spread. It can damage your skin and help create a scenario where an ingrown nail can form.

An Inherited Tendency—in some cases, ingrown toenails can be hereditary. If you have a chronic issue with a toenail becoming ingrown, our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas can perform a simple procedure that will prevent a section of the nail from re-growing and permanently eliminate the problem.

If you have an ingrown nail, you can try soaking it in warm, soapy water or an Epsom salt bath several times a day. If this does not allow the nail to gently move out of the skin, contact us for an appointment.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 15, 2018
Category: Toe conditions

For such a small part of our body, our toes do a lot of hard work down there. In order to keep our bodies well-balanced, the toes take on quite a bit of pressure. Sometimes, when toes are compressed into too-tight shoes or if the pressure is shifted from high-heeled shoes, it can be detrimental.

That added pressure can cause toe deformities. Two of the most common deformities are underlapping and overlapping toes. Toes crammed and forced into unnatural positions can end up with painful conditions like calluses, corns, and blisters.

Overlapping toes

The most typical overlapping toe condition is when the fifth toe has shifted on top of the adjacent toe. Another common overlap is the second toe overlapping the big toe, but any toe may overlap another. Overlapping toes can be caused by genetics, by a growing bunion shifting the foot’s shape, or by shoes that constrict the toes’ movement.

For infants, tapping and stretching their feet can help with overlapping toes, but they can come back with age. Toe straighteners, separators, or caps can help spread the toes apart. If you’re shoe shopping, make sure you purchase flexible shoes that have plenty of room in the toe box – this will help ease inflammation and pain. If conservative solutions do not work, your doctor can discuss surgical options.

Underlapping toes

Typically, underlapping toes involve the fourth and fifth toe. This fairly common condition is often caused by an imbalance in the toe muscles that pulls the ligaments, causing the toe to shift underneath the next one. Tight shoes can exacerbate the problem, but the exact cause of underlapping toes is undetermined.

Treatment involves toe caps or straighteners which provide relief and help to start realignment. If the condition is painful enough that you are having difficulty walking, surgical options might be the next recourse. Discuss this with your podiatrist.

If you are dealing with underlapping or overlapping toes, give Feet First Foot Care Specialists a call! Dr. Adam Mucinskas can help answer any questions you might have about your toes or about foot health. We feature innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 19, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus can cause strong odors, but also many other complications when not treated correctly. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to treat and remove this condition from your toenails at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education should also be looked at for further helpful information.

Toenail Fungus flourishes underneath toenails, which makes it more difficult to treat than many other foot and ankle conditions. This condition happens because the area under the toenail is frequently moist and warm. The fungus that attacks the toenails emits an unpleasant odor and turns them yellowish. This fungus can occur from an unhygienic pedicure, from the use of public showers or from walking barefoot around pools open to the public. Damage is seen as collapsing and brittleness of the nail as well as odor emitted from the toenail. If this condition is not treated timely, it can extend to other nails nearby.

Treatments may include soaking the infected toenails in warm salt water. Do not cut the nail if it’s infected. Otherwise, try not to cut them too deep. It is also helpful to wear shoes that are cleaned frequently and to change socks two to three times a day to prevent fungus from building up within them. Using antibiotic cream to destroy the infection at its originating location on the toe is especially helpful so that it does not come back again. A medical professional can also perform surgical procedures if the above methods are not helpful. The surgery includes raising the infected portion of the nail and applying oral antibiotics directly to the infected nail bed underneath. Non-invasive methods are also useful to treat this condition. Such methods are the use of laser treatment that can penetrate the nail and destroy the fungus underneath, without having to raise it.

Toenail fungus can cause more complications than just unpleasant odors. We therefore recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after discovering that your toenails are inflicted with this condition so that we can provide the necessary services that best suit your fungal infection.

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 31, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus   diabetics  

Fungus toenails are quick to form and quicker to lead to complications. In healthy people, toenail fungus is usually the result of fungus from moist areas. Gyms, swimming pools and nail salons are usual sources. Nail salons in particular may not have the proper sanitization techniques to prevent spreading fungus. Damp shoes also contribute to this condition. Those who frequently perform physical activities that result in repetitive impact to the toenails could damage them and make them more susceptible to fungus infections. Diabetics are at an increased risk of having complications from fungus due to their lowered ability to fight off infections. 

 

Adam  Mucinskas, D.P.M. can treat toenail fungus. You can visit podiatrist Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CTToenail fungus is thankfully not highly contagious. Constant and prolonged contact may cause an individual to contract toenail fungus, but it’s not something that can happen in an instant. Toenail fungus should not be neglected. By contacting us, you can take the first step to combat this condition.    

 

Many different types of fungi can affect nails. Trichophyton rubrum is a commonly contracted fungus that infects the skin around the toenail. There are a variety of treatments for fungus nails. One such method is to trim the nails, which reduces the level of fungi in your toenails. Medications are a very important way to combat toenail fungus. However, topical medicines are generally not as effective as oral types in fighting this type of condition. The reason for this is because toenails are thick and the creams do not pierce it enough to reach the fungus. Recovery time can take up to a year and it may not be noticeable if the fungus has been eliminated. The reason it can take a year to determine if the fungus is gone is because it takes time for the nail to completely grow out. Conversely, surgical treatment may be necessary to remove the entire nail if the previously mentioned treatments do not work. Although this method is not the preferred procedure, it may be necessary if you don’t seek medical treatment during the early stages. Call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment.

 


 








 

 

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