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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 25, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: Achilles Tendon   heel  

The Achilles Tendon is very important to foot and ankle health. In particular, Achilles Tendinitis is a common foot injury.  It can be painful since the pain originates from the Achilles Tendon from the back of the heel. It can unfortunately be an agony for athletes, especially those who run frequently. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide safe treatment to alleviate your pain. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.

 

Achilles Tendinitis is the swelling, deterioration and the unbalanced healing of the Achilles Tendon, which is the big tendon in the back of the leg that insets into the heel. Pain from this condition can gradually increase and be of varying levels, even without a major incident being the cause. The gradual nature of this condition tends to leave many of those afflicted with it surprised when the pain becomes significant. If it’s left untreated, the tendon can break. This would unfortunately require surgery.

 

Activities that commonly stress the tendon can cause this condition and swelling would be the first sign. In certain instances, long periods of standing can also cause pain. Home remedies and anti-inflammatory medicines may fail since the actual muscle shortens and produces a regular strain. Exercising and ice may reduce pain but will only provide minor relief because this helps reduce swelling rather than repairing the damaged tendon.

 

Physical therapy such as acupuncture or wearing special shoes are sometimes effective to reduce pain. For those runners out there, tendon pain does not always occur at the time of running and will likely occur within 48 hours after the activity. Using the preventive measures discussed above right away may help reduce the severity of an injury caused by Achilles Tendinitis.

 

The earlier this condition is treated, the more likely physical therapy will help. If you are experiencing Achilles Tendinitis, please contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 18, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: bunions   surgery  

Bunions form on the toes and are very unsightly! Thankfully our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide safe treatment to alleviate your pain. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Treatment will help to relieve pain, eliminate the bunion and stop it from returning.

Bunions are skeletal bumps that form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. They form because of the pressure exerted when your big toe pushes against the adjacent toe. This causes your big toe joint to get larger and protrude outwards. Generally, the skin covering a bunion will be red. Wearing close-fitting, slender shoes may agitate bunions. Designer shoes with narrow toe boxes can push big toes inward. Raised heels can also cause bunions because the big toe stays bent and budding toward the adjacent toe, causing the lower bones to push out. Bunions can also be genetic or the result of a medical condition such as arthritis.

Natural bunion treatment may involve toe spacers that can help restore toes to the normal position. If natural treatments cannot stop the formation of large bunions, surgery can help position the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. After surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are used to help with recovery. Surgery generally includes the following:

  • Realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe. The tendons around the big toe are thereafter repaired.

  • Alleviating pain.

  • Correcting malformation of the toes and foot.

Recovery can take a few months to a year. Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery for severe conditions. Tight fitting shoes should also be avoided after surgery for maximum recovery.

The earlier bunions are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have bunions that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: corns  

Corns can be a real bummer in your daily routine because they cause significant foot pain, especially when pressure is applied. They usually occur when the skin of the foot rubs against the inside of your shoe.  Thankfully our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide safe treatment to alleviate your pain. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.   

Corns are a nasty surprise once you realize they’re on your feet. They usually form on the top of feet and often are curved in shape. They can also occur when a bone is not in the usual place and skin trapped between the bone and shoe rubs and the outer layer of the skin condenses. The skin thickens for protection from the unusual pressure. Corns can become a severe problem if they become infected which can hurt normal tissue or reduce foot movement. Hard corns form at the top of the little toes because these areas are generally where poorly fitting shoes are inclined to rub the greatest. Soft corns can occur between toes and stay soft because of the sweat in those areas. These types of corns are however very susceptible to becoming infected, so be careful!

Several herbal treatments for corns include the following:

  • Rubbing the infected area with pineapple.

  • Oil of oregano can also be used.

  • Rubbing vinegar on the site.

  • Eating foods rich in fiber can also have a healthy effect.

If you develop corns, it’s best to visit us to avoid severe foot complications, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. If you are experiencing corns, contact us online to make an appointment as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by us and you will notice a change for the better!


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Condtions

Heel pain can seriously impact your daily routine. In particular, plantar fascia (the ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes) is usually the cause of heel pain when it gets weak or strained. If left untreated, it can tear and get seriously painful. Thankfully our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can alleviate this chronic heal pain if you happen to be experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.     

With each step, the plantar fascia and other foot muscles work to assist with forces on the arch. Plantar Fascitis occurs when there is frequent stretching in this area causing inflammation at the base of the heel. Stretching, rest and shoe inserts can help alleviate the pain, but those who routinely stand all day for work end up with significant injuries because of the damage done to the heel. Stretching is by far the preeminent treatment for plantar fasciitis as it can help to alleviate weight off your foot until the original swelling dissipates. You can try applying ice to the swollen area for 30 minutes four times a day to reduce your symptoms. Prescriptions for anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may also be called for; yet, exercises to stretch the plantar fascia are still the best of treatments.

In particular, the following exercises can significantly help to reduce heel pain:

  • Stretching toes
  • Stretching the calf
  • Towel curls

As you can see, heel pain left undiagnosed can lead to severe foot injuries, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. Dr. Mucinskas has unique experience in this area. If you are experiencing chronic heel pain, please contact us online to make an appointment as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by Dr. Mucinskas today.

            




 








 

 

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