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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 08, 2019
Category: joint pain
Tags: arthritis  

Did you know that you have 33 joints in each of your feet? That’s a good reason for us at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC to recognize National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis afflicts nearly 54 million adults and 300,000 youth in our country. It is the top cause of disability. Protecting the health of the joints in your feet and ankles is an important component of living an active life. Food choices can play a big role in both preventing and reducing arthritis symptoms.

Weighty Matters

One significant way you can help prevent arthritis and also lessen the pain it causes in your feet and ankles is by maintaining a healthy weight. Being overweight puts extra strain on the joints of your lower extremities and can accelerate the degeneration of the cartilage that cushions the joints. It’s also easier to be active and participate in fitness and sports activities if you are at a healthy weight. This, in turn, also improves joint health by helping to maintain flexibility and range of motion.

Building Bone Strength

Increasing bone strength is beneficial for your joints. Getting adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D (which is necessary for calcium absorption) in your diet is essential. Low-fat dairy products such as cheese, yogurt and milk are all excellent sources. If you are lactose intolerant, you can also look to get your calcium from leafy greens and fortified juices and cereals.

Fighting Inflammation

There are several kinds of food that have been found to have the ability to help fight inflammation and reduce an inflammatory response in the body. These include: fish high in omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon and mackerel, olive oil, cherries, strawberries and avocado, to name a few. Talk to your doctor about which foods may best help you if you are suffering from joint disease.

Treatments for arthritis are most successful when they begin in the earliest stages of the disease. If you start to experience joint pain or other symptoms in your feet or ankles like stiffness, swelling or difficulty bending or flexing a joint, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will evaluate your feet and ankles and determine the source of your symptoms, as well as the best treatment.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 12, 2018
Category: joint pain
Tags: flat foot  

In grade school, kids would always gather around the double-jointed child in class, who would twist and bend their joints to the bemusement and applause of their classmates. In the medical field, double-jointedness is called hypermobility and, while it might seem cool as a kid, as you grow and your body changes, hypermobility can greatly affect your feet and ankles.

What is hypermobility?

Hypermobility means that your joints over-flex beyond the normal range of motion. Aside from double-jointed, it’s often called loose or floppy joints.

What are the symptoms of hypermobility?

Often hypermobility in children goes unnoticed and is eventually grown out of as your joints naturally stiffen with age. In severe cases of hypermobility, children might complain of pain or difficulty walking for long periods. It is also one leading cause of flatfoot in children. If hypermobility continues into adulthood, it’s best to get it assessed, especially if you’re experiencing the following:

  • Muscle fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Poor coordination or balance
  • Pain in the morning and at night
  • Pain when participating in sports or long walks

What can it lead to?

When one of your joints is over-flexing, it causes the rest of your body to expend extra energy to keep you stable and strong. If you have hypermobility and are not maintaining strength in the rest of your body, you could end up dislocating a joint, causing a stress fracture or injuries to your tissues.

Can you treat hypermobility?

To avoid injury associated with hypermobility, you can work to strengthen the muscles that surround your double-jointed joints, straighten your posture, and try to correct the any “off” movements in your joints. Your podiatrist can help develop a treatment plan that works for your unique body and lifestyle.

Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can answer any questions you might have about hypermobility or any other foot or ankle issue you might be dealing with. To schedule an appointment at our convenient Cromwell Connecticut office, request one online or call us today at 860-632-5499.




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