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At Feet First Foot Care, we want all our Middlesex County patients to enjoy the warmer weather and maintain a healthy lifestyle comfortably. Every April, the Foot Health Awareness initiative educates people about preserving the health of their feet. It is also the time of the year when people begin to trade in their boots for sneakers and sandals. To continue to keep your body and lower extremities healthy during National Foot Health Awareness Month and beyond, here are several ways you can develop healthy habits and keep your feet injury and pain-free. 


Schedule A Check-Up

Foot problems may result from poorly fitting shoes or an underlying health problem like diabetes or obesity. Symptoms may be obvious but, at other times, be less noticeable. If you or anyone you know is experiencing any pain or discomfort in the lower extremities, schedule a check-up appointment with your podiatrist. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has been specially trained in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions. 


Assess Your Current Footwear

Put your best foot forward this month by reviewing your footwear. The average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day, nearly three million steps per year. It’s essential to find shoes that work for your feet. Shoes that work for you may be different for someone else. When figuring out which shoes work for you, start by asking yourself:

● “Are these shoes comfortable?” 

● “Do these shoes rub my feet anywhere?” 

● “Do I slip out of these shoes easily?”


Improve Foot Health

With 26 bones plus 33 joints, our feet serve as the foundation for the rest of our body. We recommend the following tips to maintain proper foot health:

● Inspect feet daily.

● Dry your feet and between your toes after showering to avoid fungal infections. Then, moisturize your feet and heels with a good lotion.

● Stretch your feet, ankles, and lower legs daily to keep the muscles strong and avoid injury.

● Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Excess weight puts pressure on the feet leading to general foot pain, heel pain, stress fractures, circulatory problems, and arthritis.

● Wear shoes with good support and a low heel.

● Don’t play doctor! If you suffer from a toe, foot, or ankle injury, seek medical attention from a podiatrist. The sooner you are treated, the better your outcome. 


To schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office, please call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information. 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 01, 2021
Category: foot health

We at Feet First Foot Care Specialists would like to recognize National Men’s Health Month with some tips for our male Middlesex County patients during June. Studies show, gentlemen, that guys pay less attention to health issues than women, and when it comes to your feet, that may mean that you ultimately must deal with more painful conditions. The good news is foot care doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Below are some simple ways to take better care of your feet, so they’ll allow you to continue to do all you love to do.

  • Wash your feet daily with soap and water. This simple step will help reduce the risk of many common bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Check your toenails once a week. Keeping nails trimmed straight across will help prevent painful ingrown toenails. Don’t cut nails so short that the skin overlaps them. If you notice a nail is beginning to grow into the skin, soak it in warm water several times a day and then try to massage the nail out of the skin.
  • Discard athletic and other shoes when they are worn. Even if your sneakers still look good, they tend to start to deteriorate on the inside somewhere between 300-500 miles of use. Wearing shoes that no longer support your feet can lead to plantar fasciitis and other disorders.
  • Keep feet dry. If your feet tend to sweat excessively, try using a foot powder before putting on your socks and keep an extra pair of socks handy to change into if your feet feel damp.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Carrying extra pounds puts strain on your feet and increases your risk for many common podiatric problems.
  • Don’t put off dealing with foot or ankle pain. Get foot discomfort evaluated promptly by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Pain is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem. Getting foot ailments diagnosed in their early stages often means the foot doctor can use a less invasive treatment method and get you back to your normal activity level sooner.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 26, 2020
Category: foot health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists one of the conditions we see frequently in our Middlesex County patients is the ingrown toenail. Many people mistakenly ignore the first signs of pain associated with a nail that starts to grow down and back into the skin surrounding the nail. However, it quickly progresses to a condition that is incredibly painful. The toe becomes red, swollen, and very tender to the touch and makes wearing shoes and walking extremely difficult. Left untreated, an infection can also set in.

Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails

The most frequent reason ingrown toenails develop is improper nail care. Nails that are cut too short are more likely to grow into the skin. Rounding the edges with a nail file can also encourage ingrown nails.

Other risk factors include:

  • Wearing shoes and socks that are too tight
  • Heredity
  • Fungal infection
  • Faulty foot structure

Getting Relief from Ingrown Toenail Problems

At the first sign of a nail becoming ingrown, soak your foot in warm, soapy water several times a day. This will soften the skin and enable you to massage the skin and hopefully work the nail out. Usually, our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas sees ingrown toenails when they have reached the excruciating stage and patients can’t stand it any longer. The foot doctor will gently numb the affected nail and remove the corner of the nail that is ingrown. For some patients, ingrown toenails are a recurring problem. In severe cases, the podiatrist may need to perform a procedure to prevent the nail from becoming ingrown.

It’s important not to attempt any “bathroom surgeries” on your own and try to cut out an ingrown toenail. This will often lead to an injury or infection. Beware that folk remedies such as sticking a piece of cotton between the nail and the toe or cutting a notch out of the toenail are also ineffective and harmful.

If you have an ingrown toenail that needs treatment, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment today.

By Adam Mucinskas, DPM
October 09, 2019
Category: foot health
Tags: Lisfranc injuries   joint   ligament  

Injuries to the Lisfranc joint or ligament are less common than other sports injuries. But now at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we find more patients are looking for information about this condition, probably thanks to quarterback Cam Newton of the Caroline Panthers. Earlier this season Newton was sidelined with a Lisfranc injury. Athletes who play contact sports like football are at a higher risk for Lisfranc injuries as are runners and horseback riders. This injury is also often seen in car accident victims.

Where Is the Lisfranc?

The Lisfranc joint is located in the middle of your foot where the arch bones are connected to the metatarsal bones (the long bones that go your toes). The Lisfranc ligament joins two of the joint bones together.

There are three types of Lisfranc injuries that can occur singly or in combination. These are:

  1. Fracture—one or more of the bones in the Lisfranc joint can break or a small piece of a bone may be pulled off. This is known as an avulsion fracture.
  2. Sprain—a twisting injury is usually the cause of a sprain which is an overstretching of the Lisfranc ligament. Since the Lisfranc and other ligaments on the bottom of the midfoot are stronger than the ones on top, a sprain can leave the joint unstable.
  3. Dislocation—a trauma or wrenching motion can force the joint out of its normal position.

What Are the Signs of an Injury?

Lisfranc injuries are sometimes mistaken for ankle sprains and that’s because there is some commonality of symptoms. When there is a Lisfranc injury, a patient may experience one or more of the following:

  • Pain in the midfoot when pressure is applied and when standing—in the case of a severe injury, you may not be able to bear weight on the hurt foot.
  • Blistering or bruising on the arch of the foot can be a distinguishing characteristic of a Lisfranc injury. There may also be blistering or bruising on the top of the midfoot.
  • Swelling.
  • Widening of the foot.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s essential that you contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can examine the injured foot and make the appropriate diagnosis. While you wait for your appointment, stay off the hurt foot and ice the affected area to reduce swelling and pain.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 24, 2019
Category: foot health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we hope that you are planning to get away at some point this summer. Wherever your summer vacation destination is, there are some items you should take with you to ensure the health and safety of your feet. Below are our suggestions for what to pack:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes—even if your plan is to lie out on the beach all day, you’ll need to get to and from your vacation destination. Travel days tend to be tough on the feet as you rush to catch flights or haul luggage in and out of the car. Walking shoes that have good arch support and that you’ve worn many times already will also be helpful for sightseeing and shopping days.
  2. Moleskin—sweating creates friction and can increase the risk of developing blisters. A small piece of self-adhesive moleskin applied to a sore spot can stop a blister before it starts, and allow you to continue enjoying your vacation in comfort.
  3. Flip-flops—although not recommended for all-day use on your vacation, a pair of flip-flops or shower shoes are the best way to protect your feet from athlete’s foot and other fungal infections at the pool or in ocean or lakeside changing areas and restrooms.
  4. Orthotics—if our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas has prescribed a custom orthotic to correct a foot problem, don’t take a holiday from wearing it while you’re away. Leaving your orthotic at home may result in a painful vacation for your feet.
  5. Water bottle—excessive amounts of walking and warm, humid weather can lead to edema or swelling of the feet and ankles. Swelling can be very uncomfortable and also makes your shoes tighter, which means a greater likelihood of blisters. Drinking lots of water is one of the easiest ways to eliminate excess fluids from your body and it’s good for you too!

If despite all your best efforts you return from vacation with foot or ankle pain, a rash or other suspicious symptom, contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling (860) 632-5499.




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