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Did you know a study conducted by Strava, a running application, found that January 19th is the day that most fitness resolutions end? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to help our Middlesex County patients get past Quitter’s Day and make their resolutions to get in shape become a firmly established habit. Regular exercise brings many benefits to your feet (and the rest of your body). 

Here are 6 tips to help you stay motivated and keep your fitness plan going strong all year:

  1. Work with, not against, your foot conditions. If you have chronic foot pain or foot condition, such as a bunion or hammertoeplantar fasciitis, or weak ankles, make sure you talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, about the type of exercise that will work best for your feet. The foot doctor can recommend footwear and activities that will best accommodate any podiatric issues you currently have.
  2. Set S-M-A-R-T goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Your fitness goals must be realistic and achievable. For example, saying “I want to start running to get in shape” is vague. More likely to succeed is, “I want to increase my fitness level and run a 5K race on March 15th.”
  3. Get the right gear. If your exercise activity requires special equipment, make sure what you’re using is the right size for you, this is particularly important for your footwear. Sports shoes are designed for specific activities. Buy the right shoes for your fitness plan, and be sure you get your feet professionally measured and footwear properly fitted.
  4. Enlist the help of a friend. It’s easier to stay motivated and accountable if you have a friend working out with you. You’ll be more likely to stick to your schedule if canceling affects another person. It’s also encouraging to have someone to share your successes as you strive to reach your fitness goals.
  5. Reward yourself. Along with your overall SMART goals, set some smaller goals, such as when you reach a milestone distance, or the number of days successfully completing your exercise goals. Give yourself a reward when you reach them, such as a movie night, a new book that interests you, or maybe a long soak in a bubble bath.
  6. Switch it up now and then. Even the most dedicated fitness folks get bored. Do something different to keep it interesting: swap your run for a bike ride or take a hike one weekend afternoon instead of your regular fitness class. Consider mixing and matching exercises, for example walking followed by jumping rope.

We hope these tips encourage you to stay on track with your exercise goals.

If you have questions about exercise and your feet and ankles, please contact us at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
April 26, 2021
Category: exercise

As we slowly but surely emerge from COVID lockdowns and restrictions, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists know many of our Middlesex County patients are experiencing unexpected foot pain as they begin to be more active. Your podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can help you make the re-entry into a more active lifestyle smoothly and pain-free.

Start with A Checkup—the first step is to schedule a podiatric checkup at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. The foot doctor will give your feet and ankles a thorough examination and look for any developing problems. If you have a chronic foot problem such as bunions or flat feet, the podiatrist will assess their progression and decide if your treatment plan needs to be updated.

Get the Right Shoes—did you know the foot doctor can help you with proper sports shoe selection? Your podiatrist can analyze your gait and tell quite a bit about how your unique feet work by examining the wear pattern on your current fitness shoes. Shoes designed to accommodate your specific foot care needs for the sport or activity you plan to engage in can increase comfort, safety, and performance. The foot doctor can also make recommendations on proper fit, sock choice, and lacing technique to give you the best shot at a successful fitness program.

Practice Injury Prevention—many injuries that are commonly associated with sports ranging from blisters and shin splints to plantar fasciitis and ankle strain. While the podiatrist can treat all of these conditions, he would much rather help you prevent them! Proper stretching techniques before and after exercise can help. Choosing a program that suits your current fitness level and allows you to progress gradually to more strenuous exercise is also a must.

Regular exercise has many benefits to your feet and the rest of your body. If you experience pain or discomfort at any point during or after working out, be sure to contact us promptly, 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 08, 2021
Category: exercise

March—in like a lion, but here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, our Middlesex County patients are beginning to see glimpses of the “lamb” with warmer weather and temperatures climbing into the 50’s. Like animals coming out of hibernation, nicer days are an incentive to get outside and start moving. Below are some tips for becoming more active in a way that’s safest for your feet.

Check Your Footwear

Spring is a great time to examine your fitness footwear. Sneakers or shoes that show obvious signs of wear— stretched-out heels, worn down soles, rips—should be replaced. But even if your shoes look fine, the internal components deteriorate, and fitness shoes have a life span, typically of 300-500 miles. If you’re buying new shoes, get your feet professionally measured, as your size can change over time.

Get Your Mosey On

If you’ve spent the better part of the winter on the couch watching Netflix, you’ll want to start slowly and gradually build up your strength and stamina. Walking is a great re-entry exercise you can do at your own pace. Start with 20-30 minutes 4 or 5 days a week and then increase speed and distance over a few weeks. Doing too much too soon can result in overuse injuries like Achilles tendonitis and stress fractures. The standard for most adults is to strive for a minimum of 150 active minutes a week. Be sure to stretch before and after your workout.

Don’t Ignore Foot Pain

If you notice an increase in activity brings pain or discomfort anywhere in your foot and ankle, don’t just chalk it up to the “no pain, no gain” theory of exercise. Consistent pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It’s best to consult our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, sooner rather than later to determine the source of your discomfort and get it treated promptly to avoid having to put your fitness plans on hold. Contact our Cromwell office for an appointment today by calling 860-632-5499.

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.




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