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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
July 20, 2020
Category: foot fungus

As more recreational activities open for our patients in Middlesex County, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists want to remind patients summer is prime time for fungal foot infections. Lurking on the pool deck, in the nail salon and at seaside restrooms and changing areas are fungi, bacteria, and viruses just waiting for unsuspecting bare feet to walk by. These germs passed on by direct contact, lead to athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and warts.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from foot fungus:

  • Keep feet covered at all times in public places. Wear flip-flops or shower shoes at the pool, beach, dance studio, and locker room.
  • Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water. Dry them completely before putting on socks or shoes.
  • Don’t share shoes, socks, towels, nail clippers, emery boards, or any item that may have touched another person’s feet.
  • If you have a child that has contracted a foot infection, do not let them share a bed with another sibling. Foot infections are contagious. Be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect the tub or shower after they bathe.
  • Do not allow feet to sit in damp socks and shoes. It is an ideal breeding ground for fungi and bacteria. Change socks whenever feet feel sweaty. Use an antifungal or talcum powder each day to help feet stay dry.

Be sure to check your feet daily (at bath or shower time is ideal). If you notice discoloration or thickening toenails; skin that’s dry, itchy and red; small raised patches on the skin or any other unusual changes or abnormalities, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and determine if you have contracted an infection and decide the best course for the appropriate treatment.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 01, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's foot   barefoot   hygiene   fungus  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we find that each season brings its own unique podiatric challenges. During the summer months, we see more cases of athlete’s foot. Why? It’s a fungal infection that is spread by direct contact. At this time of the year more people are going barefoot and that’s the perfect way to pick up a case of athlete’s foot.

Below are some do’s and don’ts for preventing athlete’s foot:

Do: practice good basic foot hygiene. Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water. Afterwards, dry your feet thoroughly. Be especially sure to dry the spaces between your toes as this is often where athlete’s foot begins.

Don’t: go barefoot in public places. Wear flip flops or shower shoes when you are at the nail salon, town pool, gym or using the rest rooms or changing facilities at a lake or beach.

Do: have an extra pair of socks handy if your feet tend to sweat profusely. Change your socks as soon as your feet feel moist. Consider buying socks made of material that wicks moisture away from your skin if this is an ongoing issue.

Do: wear shoes that are made of natural materials and allow your feet to breathe. Good air circulation around your feet will be helpful.

Don’t: wear the same pair of shoes every day. Alternate footwear to give shoes a chance to air out.

Do: dust feet with an anti-fungal or talcum powder each morning to aid in keeping them dry.

Don’t: share shoes, towels, emery boards or other items that other people use on their feet.

Seek Treatment Early

In addition to itching, signs of athlete’s foot include: red skin that’s dry and scaling, blisters and oozing. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact our Cromwell office and have our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, take a look at your feet. Without treatment, athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of your body and to other people.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 19, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: foot fungus   toenails   discomfort   odor  

There are so many types of foot and ankle conditions that can plague anyone, but, for most people, it’s difficult to really know about something before it directly or indirectly impacts their own lives. For those who have never experienced foot fungus in their lifetime, consider yourselves lucky! Foot fungus is one of those conditions that can be minor and hard to notice for a long time, especially because it doesn’t cause any discomfort until it’s left untreated and significantly worsens. Foot fungus can appear anywhere on your feet, most commonly on and around our toes. It can cause a subtle odor that can be noticeable to everyone but you! When it’s left to worsen, foot fungus can often spread to the toenails. This is where foot fungus then becomes toenail fungus.

In most scenarios, toenail fungus begins as a small area of discoloration on the toenail. This tiny spot can develop into something much more noticeable, however! As toenail fungus worsens, the affected toenail can become brittle, deformed, cause discomfort, and potentially become infected. When it comes to toenail fungus, a do-it-yourself method isn’t advised. If not carefully treated, toenail fungus can easily spread to other toenails or even other areas of your feet, causing discomfort and odor. What are the most important warning signs to look out for when it comes to toenail fungus?

  • Discolored toenails
  • A lifting nailbed
  • Deformity of the toenail
  • An unusual odor coming from the toes
  • Shoes with a worsening smell to them

Thankfully, there are several ways to treat toenail fungus. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas helps to treat toenail fungus in his patients. If you notice that your toes might be exhibiting some of these warning signs listed above, call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule your next appointment at our location in Cromwell, Connecticut.

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!

 



 








 

 

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