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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 14, 2020
Category: community outreach

When it comes to falling, what you don’t know can seriously hurt you. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are recognizing Falls Prevention Awareness Week by helping our senior Middlesex County patients by debunking some common myths surrounding falls.

“It won’t happen to me.” One in four patients age 65 and older falls each year. Falls are the number one cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. For those who recover, a fall may be the trigger for a move to a nursing home. It can also lead to debilitating fears that prevent people from living their best life and keeps them isolated.

“I will just stay home, and that will reduce my chances of falling.” Not so. Studies show that 50% of falls happen at home. But you can help change that by making some simple modifications. In the bathroom: add grab bars to the shower and around the toilet; non-slip strips in the tub. On the stairs: install a second handrail and increase lighting. Throughout the house: remove clutter on the floor, get rid of scatter rugs and cords that run across walking paths.

“My lifestyle is not connected to my fall risk.” There are several factors you control that can improve your chances of staying upright. Regular exercise, for example, improves flexibility and range of motion. Staying current with your eye exams to detect vision loss before it causes a fall and asking your pharmacist to monitor your medications to spot interactions that may cause dizziness are other ways to protect you from falling.

“I’ll wait a week or two and see if my foot pain goes away on its own.” Rarely does the foot (or other pain in your body) go away without treatment. Delaying getting discomfort in your feet or ankles evaluated increases your risk of falling. Don’t wait— make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will find the source of your foot pain and alleviate it before it results in a fall with potentially serious consequences.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
August 18, 2020
Category: community outreach
Tags: back to school   foot health  

At Feet First Foot Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County families are anxious about what the new school year will bring with the COVID pandemic. Whether your children are going back to the classroom full-time, distance-learning, or some hybrid combination, there are steps you can take to reduce fears and help your children learn as much as possible in the current climate.

  • Do: try to maintain the back to school rituals your child is familiar with. It may include shopping for new clothes and shoes, which is valuable even if distance learning will be the order of the day. Just like adults who work from home, having a routine that involves getting out of your pajamas and dressed for the workday helps set a productive tone. If your child has developed any foot or ankle pain over the summer, make sure you contact our Cromwell office for an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to have it evaluated. The foot doctor may have recommendations about shoes that will best address any podiatric issues your child is having.
  • Don’t: gloss over the changes children will be facing. It’s best to address concerns head-on. Will I have to wear a mask? Am I allowed to talk to my friends? Will there still be gym class? Will I get sick? These are just a few of the worries your child may have. Encourage them to ask questions and do your best to give truthful, reassuring answers.
  • Do: find opportunities for peer socialization. Sitting behind a screen can’t provide the necessary social interaction that is part of the education experience. If going into the classroom isn’t an option, try to arrange safe, in-person study opportunities, perhaps outdoors with masks and 6-foot distancing.
  • Do: make sure where ever learning is to take place your child is well-equipped with the supplies they need. For at-home learning, that may mean rearranging space to create a dedicated area for learning and upgrading internet and router capabilities.
  • Don’t: forget physical activity and fun. If traditional gym classes are not happening for your child, remember the recommended is still that they get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Schedule time for walks, bike rides, or sports as possible. Not only will this help keep your child in shape, but it will also give him or her a healthy outlet to blow off steam and help cope with the stress this new school year may bring.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s foot health, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you and your family.
860-632-5499, 162 West St Ste K, Cromwell, CT 06416.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
April 20, 2020
Category: community outreach

At Feet First Foot Care, we know that our Middlesex County patients are doing their best to follow safety precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus—and there are signs that it’s working. One of those measures is self-isolating, something that can be particularly stressful if you live alone.

Here are some guidelines that can help:

Stay Connected—it’s especially important at this time that you maintain communication with loved ones and friends. Where a Facebook post or quick email may have sufficed in the past, now we need to hear each other’s voices and see faces whenever possible. Take advantage of Zoom, What’s App, facetime and other services that you can get for free and enable you to see and talk to those you are missing.

Change the Incoming Messages—limit the amount of time you spend watching the news. Being informed is one thing, but 24 hours of nonstop images and virus talk is unhealthy. Instead, look for upbeat podcasts, resources from your place of worship, or community social workers for some positive practices to create balance and improve emotional health.

Reach Out to Others in Need—if you know people in a situation similar to yours, give them a call or send a note or email—even if they’re not someone you’re really close to. Shared experiences create bonds. Plus, thinking about others is a good way to help us take some of the focus off our own stress and anxiety.

Get Some Fresh Air—the weather is finally getting warmer and flowers and shrubs are starting to bloom. It’s good to get some sun and take a brisk walk if possible. Exercise is also a mood elevator and will help you stay healthy.

We want our patients to know that we are available if you have foot trouble. Contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 27, 2019
Category: community outreach
Tags: shoes   information  

Did you ever hear of National Celebrate Exchange Day? This March holiday started on the anniversary of the first ever exchange club opened in Detroit, Michigan back in the early 1900s. These clubs were formed by local townsmen involved in business who wanted to ‘exchange’ great ideas, information, and resources to help improve their local communities. Today, there are over 600 exchange clubs throughout the United States.

When it comes to helping others, members of the exchange club really excel at their abilities. Who wouldn’t want to do what they can, be it small or large contributions, to help make their communities better for the benefit of their neighbors, family, and friends alike?

In that same respect, all of us here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists seek to benefit our local communities by providing excellent podiatric care that improves the quality of life for everyone. Every day is National Celebrate Exchange Day with Dr. Adam Mucinskas! By providing high-quality foot care to those in and around Cromwell, Connecticut, we hope to contribute to making the world a better place. What can you do today, or every day, to help celebrate National Celebrate Exchange Day?

  • Recycle more often - whether at home or on the go, every recyclable item can help make a difference. If you can’t find a recycling bin out and about, hold onto it until you find one!
  • Pick up trash - while some folks go the extra mile and organize large group outings to do trash pick-up in public places, you can start by simply picking up trash wherever you notice it.
  • Help a neighbor - offer to help an elderly neighbor or someone who recently injured themselves! Even just bringing their groceries inside or sweeping their steps can make a world of difference.

These three simple ways you can participate in National Celebrate Exchange Day will be a lot easier if you wear comfortable, supportive shoes along the way. Call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Mucinskas!



 








 

 

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