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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 07, 2019
Category: skin conditions

Psoriasis is a disease that appears as a skin condition on your legs and feet (as well as on other parts of your body). August is Psoriasis Action Month and we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists want our patients to know more about this disorder and how to spot it.

Do: recognize the seriousness of psoriasis. Although it appears as a skin problem, psoriasis is actually caused by a dysfunctional immune system. Patients with this chronic disease produce new skin cells which surface far too rapidly, and that results in thick patches of inflamed skin. Some patients will also develop psoriatic arthritis which causes pain and inflammation in the joints. For your feet, ankles and toes, this can be particularly debilitating.

Do: know the symptoms of psoriasis. There are several types of psoriasis, each of which may look different. The most common symptoms include thickened patches of skin with red, white or a silverish- gray appearance. It can show up on one or two small spots or it can be widespread. These skin patches can be itchy and become painful over time.

Don’t: delay making an appointment at our Cromwell office calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can evaluate any skin symptoms you are experiencing. Oftentimes patients mistake psoriasis for a case of athlete’s foot or another fungal infection.

Do: check your fingernails for signs of psoriasis as well. Practice proper nail care: keep nails trimmed short and straight across and file away rough edges to prevent injury. Injury can be a trigger for a psoriasis flare-up.

Don’t: be concerned about “catching” psoriasis from another person. It is not contagious. Scientists believe that psoriasis sufferers have a genetic predisposition for the condition that is then activated by exposure to certain triggers. Known triggers include certain medications, stress, skin injury and infection. Not all triggers affect patients similarly.

If you have additional questions about psoriasis and your feet, contact us.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 15, 2019
Category: skin conditions
Tags: feet   skin cancer   melanoma   sunscreen  

As soon as temperatures begin to go up in Middlesex County, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists know that patients can’t wait to shed their socks and start wearing sandals and other open styles of footwear. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to share some facts about this disease, which can occur on the skin of your feet. Below are some common myths and why you shouldn’t believe them.

MYTH: Skin cancer is a relatively minor form of cancer.

FACT: Skin cancer is actually the most prevalent form of cancer with over 5 million new cases being diagnosed each year. Deaths from melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, are expected to increase by 22% in 2019.

MYTH: Skin cancer isn’t normally found on your feet.

FACT: The skin on your feet is just as susceptible to skin cancer as the skin on the rest of your body. For this reason, it is necessary to take the same precautions from the sun and to engage in the same level of vigilance with regard to performing self-exams on your feet. In fact, skin cancers on the soles of the feet or between the toes are often not diagnosed until a later stage of the disease. Patients don’t think to examine that part of their body for potential signs of skin cancer.

MYTH: Indoor tanning beds are okay as long as you use sunscreen.

FACT: Indoor tanning beds cause more cases of skin cancer than smoking causes cases of lung cancer. UV radiation is a proven carcinogen. People who have used tanning beds in the past have a 67% increased risk of developing skin cancer in the future.

MYTH: I only need to apply sunscreen to my feet if I am spending a day at the pool or beach.

FACT: Sunscreen should be applied to your feet any time they will be exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time. Even a day of running errands or sight-seeing while wearing sandals or flip flops will expose your skin to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher about 30 minutes before going out. On beach or pool days, reapply every two hours (to tops and bottoms of your feet) and after swimming.

If you notice any unusual freckles or spots on your skin, or if a mole you’ve had for a while appears to be changing, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can evaluate your symptoms.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 30, 2018
Category: skin conditions

A blister is a patch of skin filled up with clear fluids that occur on your heels, toes, or anywhere else on your foot. By themselves, they’re not necessarily dangerous unless they become infected. One way that people often introduce infection is through popping. That’s why we here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists recommend you leave blisters alone!

What causes blisters?

Blisters can be caused by rubbing or friction and form as the result of your skin trying to protect itself. When something begins to run against your foot and damage it, your skin reacts by creating a protective barrier from the friction element. Friction can start between your feet and socks or shoes, or something else like sports equipment. For instance, a bike pedal can cause a blister during a long ride.

If you notice that the skin on your foot is red and warm, that’s a good indicator that a blister is about to form there. Next, a bump will form and fill with fluid.

How do I prevent blisters?

  • Synthetic socks that are designed to wick away sweat and other moisture can help.
  • Always ensure you have properly-fitting shoes. Friction and rubbing from shoes that are too tight or too loose can easily cause blisters.
  • Tape up your toes that seem to get blisters frequently before starting a sport or activity.

How do I treat blisters?

The best thing to do is leave it alone. Keep a close watch on it, but leave it alone as much as possible. If you notice that the skin surrounding the blister is red, warm, and tender, or if you notice red streaks leading to or from the blister, you likely have an infection. Give us a call as soon as you can if you notice these symptoms.

When the blister does break on its own, use warm water and soap to clean the area. Try not to remove the patch of skin that burst, since that patch is protecting the new skin growing underneath. Dab on a little antibiotic ointment and a bandage, and you’re good to go!

If you’ve got a blister that is large and painful or seems infected, make an appointment today at Feet First Foot Care Specialists! 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.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 30, 2018
Category: skin conditions

Every August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. These awareness months are great times to highlight common chronic diseases, especially ones like psoriasis that could be mistaken for other illnesses.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes overactive cell generation in concentrated areas. Your body produces a type of cells known as T cells. With psoriasis, your body triggers the T cells to think they’re fighting an infection or healing a wound, and they flood to a certain area. This leads to excessive skin cell growth and inflammation in an area. Psoriasis is thought to be genetic.

Symptoms of psoriasis

Psoriasis symptoms can appear at any place on the body and most commonly pop up in areas surrounding the nails, scalp, elbows, shins, and feet. When it is on the feet, it is referred to as Palmar-plantar psoriasis. Typically, it appears on the soles of the feet, but can show up anywhere. Symptoms in the feet typically look like:

  • Cracks or splits
  • Redness
  • Thickening
  • Scaling
  • Swelling
  • Blistering

Because of their appearance, these symptoms are occasionally incorrectly self-diagnosed as athlete’s foot.  That’s why it is important to see your podiatrist if you notice any of these changes in your feet.

Often, toenails exhibit pits and holes, thickening, discoloration, and nail bed separation due to psoriasis. It can also lead to fungal nail infections.

How do you treat psoriasis?

As always, you should check in with your podiatrist if you’re experiencing pain or notice any sudden changes in your feet. If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis and are looking for relief at home, here are a few tips:

  • Wash the area with a mild soap
  • Use a hypoallergenic moisturizer frequently
  • Try a coal tar cream or a gel or ointment that slows skin growth
  • Apply salicylic acid to soften thick scales
  • Corticosteroids can also help relieve symptoms

If you think you have psoriasis symptoms and are not sure, Feet First Foot Care Specialists are here to help! Dr. Adam Mucinskas utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and cutting-edge treatments at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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