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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 11, 2021
Category: exercise

If you’re like many of our Middlesex County patients at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, getting in shape may have been on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Being physically active has many pluses, both for your feet and your overall health. Maintaining an appropriate weight, improving circulation and flexibility are just a few of the many ways regular exercise can benefit you. However, we have seen many fitness plans fizzle without proper planning and preparation.

Here are three common pitfalls to fulfilling your exercise resolutions, and how to avoid them:

  1. Blisters—you wouldn’t think something as small as a blister could have such a large and devastating effect on your fitness plans, but they’re painful enough to sideline you for a few days. And a few days then becomes a few more, and before you know it, your enthusiasm has petered out. Footwear is the most frequent reason for blisters. Be sure you have the right shoes for the activity you’ve chosen. If you’re starting a new sport or activity or haven’t replaced your shoes for a while, consider getting a new pair designed specifically for your fitness activity. Sock choice is also key. A type that wicks moisture away from the skin will prevent sweat from causing friction between your feet and your shoes, which leads to blisters.
     
  2. Achilles tendonitis—this inflammation of the long tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg from your calf to your heel frequently happens at the start of a new fitness regimen. Why? Too often, patients start gung-ho on an exercise plan and hope to achieve quick results by starting strong. However, doing too much too soon—especially if you’re coming off a period of inactivity—can overstretch the Achilles tendon leading to pain and soreness. Gradually building up stamina and strength, increasing your fitness level over time is more likely to lead to injury-free success.
     
  3. Motivation Disintegration—there are many reasons for this to occur. Choosing an activity, you don’t like to do, not setting realistic goals, and foot or ankle pain that develops from your workout are a few possibilities. Put some thought into what factors are important and attractive to you in a fitness plan and think long-term.

If you find yourself hurting from exercise, contact our Cromwell office promptly by calling 860-632-5499 and have your pain evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, so you can get back on track with your fitness plan asap.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 19, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: walking   foot health   ankle health  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know walking has more benefits than ever for our Middlesex County patients.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends walking for several reasons, including:

  • Controls weight
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Releases endorphins which relieve depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Lowers the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Improves circulation

During the pandemic, walking has the added benefit of being done while maintaining a safe social distance. Convinced you should try it?

Check out these tips to ensure maximum benefits from walking, while protecting the health of your feet and ankles:

  • Choose the Right Shoes—the only piece of equipment you need for walking is a pair of good walking shoes. Buy your shoes at a store specializing in sports and fitness footwear, and get your feet professionally measured. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a custom orthotic, make sure you bring it with you to try on with the walking shoes you are considering purchasing. Improper footwear can cause many podiatric issues, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and ankle injuries.

  • Follow a Sound Program—if you’re new to walking for fitness or have been inactive for an extended period, be sure to choose a regimen that has you starting slowly and gradually building in intensity and duration. You should also stretch before and after walking to reduce the risk of injury and soreness.

  • Listen to Your Feet—while a little bit of soreness is normal for muscles getting a workout, pain, whether acute or intermittent, is not. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Ignoring discomfort when walking can lead to a stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, or other debilitating injuries. If you experience pain while walking or after you stop, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment as soon as possible to get it evaluated.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 04, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: stretch   exercise   sport conditioning  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know there has been some talk of possibly getting back to school and local sports here in Middlesex County. Whether that will be possible remains to be seen.  But if you’ve been spending most of the pandemic on the couch, you’ll want to start now to take steps to get back in good physical condition for whenever the “all clear” is given. 

Preventing Injuries

Attempting strenuous exercise routines after a prolonged period of inactivity is a surefire way to end up with an injury. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and ankle sprains all occur more frequently in athletes who are out of shape. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start up a conditioning plan again if you’ve let it slide during COVID 19. Start gradually and allow yourself a few weeks to rebuild lost muscle and increase stamina. If your usual regimen isn’t possible with the equipment you have, look up conditioning plans for your sport online.

Be Mindful of Chronic Conditions

If you have a history of plantar fasciitis, weak ankles, or torn tendons, be sure the conditioning you are doing does not put an excess strain on your problem area. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a custom orthotic, be sure you wear it during your conditioning. If a chronic problem flairs up while you’re working out, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499.

Check Your Shoes

Now is also a good time to evaluate your sports shoes and make sure they are still in peak performance mode. Obviously, any overt signs of wear such as holes or rips in the uppers, are cause for discarding a shoe. But there are other less noticeable indicators that it’s time to replace your sports shoes. Can you fold your shoe completely in half? If yes, then your shoe has lost its essential support and structure. Check the tread and the insole as well to make sure that they have not worn down or become compacted.

We’re all hoping that we can resume our sports and the rest of our lives sooner rather than later. Taking steps now to prepare will ensure that you’re ready when the go-ahead is given.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 24, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: exercise   good health  

Schools are closed, along with movies and gyms, and most Middlesex county families are stuck at home trying to keep a safe distance and avoid contact with the Coronavirus. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that this is a stressful time, and we want to offer a suggestion to help you and your family cope—get moving! Being taken out of our regular routines and missing many of our usual comforts can leave adults and children feeling anxious, angry or sad. There’s also all that pent-up energy that children who aren’t in gym class and spring sports must deal with. Increasing physical activity is something you can do together that will help raise spirits. It also has a whole host of other benefits such as improving circulation, maintaining range of motion in your feet, helping you maintain an appropriate weight and decreasing your risk for a host of health problems including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Peripheral arterial disease

Creative Solutions

There are many ways to maintain a healthy fitness routine even at home—you just have to get a little creative! Some options to consider:

  • Start working on your garden. Turning over the soil, digging out rocks and roots and putting up a new fence will use muscles and burn calories. Planning what vegetables, you will plant and even starting the seeds gives everyone something to look forward to.
  • Stay in shape for your sport. Do you or your children play soccer, softball, football or another sport? Do some research and find conditioning programs geared toward your specific sport. (Now is also a good time to examine those sports shoes and make sure they still fit and are not showing signs of wear that can make them unsafe.)
  • Create a fitness circuit. We’ve all seen them in parks at schools. A fitness circuit has multiple stations that each focus on a different exercise. Make your own. Include jumping jacks, squats, pull-ups and other activities.

As always, follow our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas’s, instructions if you have a chronic foot problem like plantar fasciitis. If the new activities you are doing cause new foot pain or discomfort, contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 22, 2020
Category: exercise

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that it’s about this time when many resolutions that were made fervently in the New Year to get in shape begin to peter out. We want our Fairfield County patients to be able to continue on this very worthwhile path.

Here, we offer the most common causes of exercise plan demise and how you can avoid them.

  1. You chose a poor plan. Too often, patients forget that big goals, like getting fit, require a long and steady effort. Tempting plans that offer quick success invariably fail. If an exercise regimen is too strenuous, it is difficult to sustain. Trying to do too much too soon can leave you worn out and discouraged. Instead, look for a fitness plan that starts out slowly with something you know you can do and then gradually builds in duration and intensity to help you gain muscle strength and endurance at a steady pace. A plan started January first would now be starting to yield noticeable results if it is sound and you have been able to stick with it. Good plans also include warmups, cooldowns and stretches to protect your body from injury.

  2. You didn’t have the right shoes. Today’s fitness footwear is specifically designed for the movement required by a particular sport or activity. In addition, the individual foot condition and chronic disorders that you may have such as bunions or heel pain may dictate the type of shoes that would be best. If you have an ongoing foot problem, it’s important for our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas to examine your feet before you start a new exercise program. The foot doctor may have recommendations for shoe features that will enhance both comfort and performance. In some cases, a custom orthotic device may be prescribed.

  3. You injured your foot or ankle. If you made one of the two above mistakes, your risk for podiatric injury is increased. Programs that attempt to bring you from couch potato to super athlete in a short time can cause overuse injuries like Achilles tendonitis. Poor shoe choice can lead to blisters, shin splints and other more serious injuries. The bottom line is, if your feet or ankles hurt, stop the activity and contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499. We’ll diagnose your foot problem and help you re-boot your fitness plan.



 








 

 

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