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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 19, 2018
Category: foot fungus

It starts as a mild irritation and escalates to an annoying sensation, but by the end of the day, itchy feet can drive you absolutely insane! Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that itchy feet can actually be a symptom of a number of podiatric disorders. It could simply be dry skin (which in the medical community we call Xerosis) and could easily be remedied with a regular application of moisturizer throughout the day. If that’s not it though, it’s definitely time to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist to get to the bottom of that itch!

What’s causing itchy feet?

  • Athlete’s foot – this fungal infection usually begins between the toes but can creep to cover your whole foot. It’s characterized by an itching and burning sensation but can also lead to blisters. To prevent contracting it, avoid being barefoot in public places such as pools or gym locker rooms. Your foot doctor might prescribe a fungal cream or – for aggressive cases – an oral medication.
  • Allergic dermatitis – allergic reactions can cause your whole body to itch! Cosmetics, perfumes, personal hygiene products, adhesive materials, metals, fabrics, latex, foods, rubber, plants – practically anything can cause an itchy allergic reaction! Your skin might also experience a burning sensation and could form a rash or become flaky. Your doctor might prescribe antibiotic ointments or topical steroids and can recommend hypoallergenic skin products to avoid future breakouts.
  • Irritant dermatitis – this comes with similar presentation and treatments as allergic dermatitis, only this is not caused by an allergen. Prolonged contact with an alkaline or acidic substance is the culprit in irritant dermatitis. Isolating the source and avoiding further exposure is necessary for both types of dermatitis.
  • Psoriasis – psoriasis presents as skin irregularities but is actually an immune system disorder. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes new skin cells to emerge to the surface too quickly. It causes thick, flaky skin patches that become itchy and inflamed. These patches are often red, white, or grey. Topical creams and anti-inflammatory medications are often prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of psoriasis.

You’ll see that the same itchy symptoms can indicate a number of medical conditions, each coming with specific diagnosis and treatment. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas can help you determine what is causing your itchy feet and assist with relief. 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
January 17, 2018
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's foot   treatment  

Athlete’s foot can cause discomfort and can be avoided if the proper precautions are followed. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, where we can be reached at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education library has additional information about many other foot and ankle conditions.

Athlete’s Foot can start from a fungus and can happen to anyone. It, however, often occurs to athletes since they generally wear footwear that is closed and can become very warm and moist after high-intensity activities. This condition produces red and itchy conditions on the feet. Individuals who walk barefoot in and around moist surfaces near public pools, showers or locker rooms can acquire the fungus that causes this condition. After the fungus gets onto the foot, it can still be averted if:

  • Feet are dried regularly.
  • Shoes are not too narrow.
  • Socks are changed frequently.

To prevent this condition, shoes should be sterile to make it tougher for a fungus to cultivate while keeping them hygienic. This method should be followed by using anti-fungal medications via powder or oral forms. Utilizing leather or open toe shoes to allow the foot to dry out, washing feet daily, keeping feet dry when required, using foot powders and wearing sandals when utilizing a public pool or locker room to stop fungus from getting onto the skin of the foot can all help to avoid the chances of contracting this condition.

Treatment for this condition includes antifungal medications, antibiotics and keeping feet dry with medicated powders placed inside of shoes. It’s also important to note that if someone else in the household acquires this condition, it is highly recommended that showers are sanitized to prevent another outbreak from of this condition.

 

Since athlete’s foot can be easy to contract and painful to have, it is important to receive timely treatment before you spread it anyone else. Please contact us to learn more about how we can treat your athlete’s foot so that you can be back to business sooner than you expect!

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 01, 2017
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Toenail Fungus   diabetes  

Toenail fungus is an unsightly infection that can not only ruin the look of nails, but can also cause severe pain due to the nature of fungus. Our podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. has many years of experience treating toenail fungus at 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 for a more detailed library of information about this and many other foot and ankle complications.

Toenail Fungus is an infection that affects the nail and surrounding tissue. Those older than 60 experience this condition often. There are different types of fungi that can infect the toenail and they thrive in warm and damp areas. This condition affects men more frequently than women, which can partially be due to men generally walking barefoot in locker rooms. Other factors causing this condition include diabetes, vascular problems and malnutrition.

This type of infection can cause cosmetic issues as well as minor pain and even severe infections. The majority of those who suffer from this condition have nails that turn yellow and thicken. The skin surrounding the toenail begins to itch as well. If not treated on a timely basis, the nail can become brittle and eventually separate from the nail bed. As the nail becomes thicker, it may become difficult to wear shoes.

Preventative measures include daily washing and drying of feet, changing socks daily, rotating shoes every other day to allow them to dry, avoiding walking barefoot at public pools and locker rooms and making sure that nail salons use sterilized equipment when performing pedicures. Treatment of nails with advanced infection includes trimming the infected nail and applying topical medication. Oral medications will also be required as the infection resides under the toenail, making it difficult for topical medications to get through the nail and attack the fungi underneath.

Because toenail fungus is hard to treat once it spreads, please contact our offices for a comprehensive consultation to increase your chances of having toenails that are fungus-free!

 



 








 

 

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