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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 08, 2022
Category: nutrition

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, each year during March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month invites everyone to learn about making informed food choices and provides the basics for developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Having a balanced eating pattern is important since no single food or food group provides all the nutrients needed for good health. A healthy lifestyle benefits your mind and body, but did you know it helps your feet too?

One of the most common causes of heel pain is inflammation. The resulting condition, plantar fasciitis, in combination with other inflammatory conditions like arthritis and painful arches, is aggravated by eating certain foods such as:

  • Foods made with white flour like desserts, snacks, and pasta
  • Certain vegetable oils, including corn, soybean, and sunflower oils
  • Foods high in trans-fats and sugar
  • Animal protein sources that are high in saturated fats, such as red meat

Opt for a Healthy Diet to Benefit Foot Health

Celebrate National Nutrition Month throughout the year with these easy additions:

  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods
  • Create tasty foods at home
  • Try different fruits and vegetables depending on what time of year it is
  • Choose ingredients with different textures and colors for a variety

Make Physical Activity Part of Your Day

While exercise may sound intimidating to some people, it doesn’t have to be! Any type and amount of activity are better than none. To “move more and sit less,” it’s helpful to find activities that you find enjoyable. The recommendation for adults is 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.

Try these tips to get started:

  • Plan ways to gradually increase your physical activity. It could involve setting reminders to move more throughout the day or scheduling times to be active during the week.
  • Think about the best time for physical activity. Some people prefer to be active in the morning, whereas others dedicate time midday or after school or work.
  • Decide how you want to be active. Walking is convenient for many people. However, others may choose to participate in specific exercise programs.

If you experience any foot or ankle pain, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule a comprehensive foot examination with our trusted podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mukinskas, or visit our website for more information.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 01, 2021
Category: nutrition

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we understand the relationship between foods you choose and your feet and ankles' health. To show just how important your diet is, we want to share with our Middlesex County patients seven ways to eat your way to better podiatric health.

  1. Eat more berries—strawberries, blueberries, raspberries all contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.
  2. Have an extra serving of broccoli—it’s a cruciferous vegetable, along with brussels sprouts and cauliflower. These decrease your risk of heart disease. Heart disease can cause poor circulation—a serious detriment to helping feet get the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal and fight off infections.
  3. Practice portion control—it’s not just what you eat; it's how much. The bottom line is that if you take in more calories than your body can burn, you're going to gain weight. Start by using a smaller plate to cut down on food amounts and swear off seconds naturally.
  4. Try a kale and green tea smoothy for breakfast--smoothies are a great way to pack lots of essential nutrients into one delicious drink. Green tea is known to help with weight loss, and kale is an inflammation fighter. Add some milk or yogurt, and you can also give your bones a calcium boost.
  5. Bake up some oatmeal cookies—oatmeal helps lower cholesterol—a bad guy who can build up on your arteries' walls and slow blood flow to your legs and feet. Choose a recipe that's low in sugar, however, to keep calories down.
  6. Experiment with new herbs and spices--adding flavor with fresh rosemary, mint, cumin, smoked paprika, and other seasonings will make food tasty without adding salt. Lowering sodium is key to keeping blood pressure in check.
  7. Grill or roast up some one-dish dinners--sheet pan and foil packet cooking allows you to save calories (and time and clean up!). Light spray a baking sheet or pieces of foil, add a lean protein and some veggies and potatoes, and you’ll have a delicious dinner.

Of course, healthy eating is just one component of good podiatric health. If your feet are causing you pain, talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to learn the best way to treat your condition. Contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
April 06, 2020
Category: nutrition

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that the coronavirus pandemic has meant many changes for our Middlesex County families. Being confined largely to the home can cause everyone to go a little stir crazy. If you’re looking for a fun and educational activity to share as a family, why not explore some different cuisines?

Healthy Meals

One positive aspect of the current situation is cooking and eating meals at home. Home cooking makes it easier to control ingredients and make healthy choices. It’s also a great way to save money. Before getting started, talk to your family about healthy eating habits. Encourage the search for new cuisines and recipes that will:

  • Be high in lean protein
  • Low in saturated fats and sugars
  • Feature vegetables and fruits prominently
  • Be packed with flavor from low-sodium seasonings

Travel the Globe

Explore countries around the world that your family members are interested in. Is there someplace they’ve always wanted to go? Is there a type of restaurant that you normally enjoy going to together? Make a list of cuisines you’re interested in learning more about. Pick one and start researching. Look up information online about the country of your choice. Learn about the foods that are most often eaten there and the methods of cooking that are commonly employed.

Next, plan a meal with specialties from the country you’ve chosen. Try to use items that you already have in your pantry, or that can be ordered in your next grocery delivery. Then get cooking. Give children jobs that are appropriate to their age and ability. Here’s a chance to have a fraction lesson while measuring ingredients. Teach basic cooking methods to older children. Let young children help wash vegetables and stir. If your children enjoy arts and crafts, encourage them to make decorations for the table that reflect the culture of the country. Who knows? You may emerge from this time of self-isolation with a new repertoire of family favorite recipes and want to make cooking together a permanent addition to your routine.

Stay safe! As always, remember that you can call on our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, with any podiatric concerns by contacting our Cromwell office at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 19, 2018
Category: nutrition
Tags: type 2 diabetes  

If you have Type 2 Diabetes, you could easily spend hours on Google reading different diet tips to manage your condition. There are countless articles naming foods that will help control your blood sugar levels or even reverse your condition. You can find these so-called miracle foods listed often: caffeine, cinnamon, mineral supplements, and various tree barks or roots.

Unfortunately, there is no magic cinnamon cure for diabetes – our bodies are much too complex for such a simple answer. Preventing and controlling your diabetes takes more than just eating one food or herb. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, we don’t have a magical answer either, unfortunately. But we do have good guiding knowledge to offer. We know that the key to maintaining a healthy weight is eating the proper combinations of foods in the right portions. This will help reduce your risk of getting diabetes, or if you already have diabetes, it will help keep your blood sugars in check.

What are the proper foods?

If you have diabetes, it’s important to bring these questions to your primary care physician. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can help too. What we do know is that numerous studies have shown time and time again that a balanced diet full of dark, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, lean protein, and healthy carbs is best for prevention and maintenance. Paying attention to how much you eat during the day is also very important.

How does diet affect your feet?

It might seem odd for a podiatry office to spend so much time and energy discussing your diet. But, as we mentioned, optimal nutrition lowers your risk for diabetes and diabetes is directly linked to trouble in your feet. Diabetes comes with multiple foot issues that we often see in our patients, including:

  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Loss of feeling
  • Numbness
  • Ulcers
  • Charcot foot

If you have questions about how to treat or prevent diabetes, we’re here for you at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC. Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up-to-date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.




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