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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 24, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: diabetes   orthotics   neuromas   nerve damage  

Neuromas are disrupting to the general health of your foot and ankles. When they occur, the outer nerves in your feet feel numb. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can successfully treat this condition if you are experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT   

 

The pain caused by neuromas is very noticeable and can feel like you're standing on a pebble, a feeling of hot discomfort in the ball of your foot that can extend to your toes or a numbness in your toes. Neuromas can be very serious and are benign growths of nerve tissue generally located between the third and fourth toes, caused by the frequent rubbing of the toes against each other. Dropping heavy objects on the toes or severe trauma may also cause damage to the nerve, causing inflammation of the damaged nerve. It’s important to avoid trauma to the toes as it can be a precursor to a neuroma when recovery is not handled correctly. Surgery may be required as treatment to remove the nerve in question. Other types of treatment are orthotics or ultrasound. Massaging the ball of the foot is comforting, as is soaking in hot water followed by ice treatment. 

 

The usual complaint with neuromas is pain occurring between the toes when walking. The best form of relief for those experiencing this pain is to stop walking, remove your shoes and massage the area in pain. The ball of the foot should always be massaged since this action could help reduce pain. Hot water, followed by rubbing the foot and subsequently treating it with ice can be used to treat neuroma symptoms. Surgery may be required in severe cases to eliminate the neuroma by removing the enlarged nerve. Patients with diabetes must be especially careful because symptoms intensify due to nerve complications.

 

Neuromas can become a serious problem when not treated right away. Numbness and burning sensations are common. Please contact us online or call us at (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get the best treatment offered by Dr. Mucinskas now.    


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 17, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus is not a pretty sight. It’s a condition that can cause pain but also carries the stigma of unsightly nails. Proper treatment is required, and podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can treat this condition if you are experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT   

 

Toenail fungus can carry an unflattering odor and brown color because of the fungus under the nail. This type of fungus is not only a real pain, but can be dangerous for those of older age because it can make its way into the blood and cause further complications. 

 

Treatment by way of laser can eliminate the fungus under the nails. Medicines and special nail polishes can help to offset the fungus before laser treatment becomes necessary. The area around toe nails is often damp and warm, allowing for fungus to thrive. Different kinds of fungus can affect the nail in different ways. Changes to your diet may actually be very helpful to eliminate the fungus that’s causing the problem. Eating foods that increase the amount of healthy bacteria are an example of this. Fermented vegetables, dairy with probiotics, fiber, protein, and good fats are healthy foods that accomplish that task. As you may have expected, sugar is a huge category to avoid since it only makes growth of the fungus worse. Eating these foods will also boost the immune system, which will in turn further fight the fungus away. 

 

Toenail fungus should be treated as soon as possible to prevent the onset of extreme odor and discoloration. Don’t hesitate to call us at (860) 632-5499 or 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!

    


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 08, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Ingrown toenails are not to be taken lightly. They can be painful and unsightly. They may require treatment by our podiatrists if not managed correctly. Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition if you happen to be experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT    

Ingrown toenails can happen when toenails grow into the surrounding skin, causing the skin to swell. This happens because the toenail grows in a curved shaped and digs downward into the skin surrounding the nail. Infections happen when the skin breaks because of the nail digging into it, which can be painful. 

Ingrown nails can be caused by any of the following:

  • Inheritance (genetics).
  • The result of dropping heavy items on the toes.
  • Toe nails being cut very short.
  • Tight fitting shoes.
  • Infections caused by Fungus.

Natural treatments include having your feet soaked in warm salt water while simultaneously rubbing the side of the infected and ingrown nail. It’s best not to cut the nail if it’s infected. If the nail is not infected, refrain from cutting them too short, wear shoes that are not tight or loose and wear supportive and comfortable socks.

If natural treatments do not work, our podiatrist can prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection and thereafter perform surgery to ease the pain and remove the infected nail. Some of the surgeries offered as treatment can be the following:

  • A procedure where an angled nail is cut to the corner of the nail.
  • A procedure where a partial portion of the nail is trimmed down to the root when there is an active infection, allowing drainage and removal of the nail.
  • Total removal of the nail for situations where it is required to completely dispose of the infection and prevent a reoccurrence of the ingrown toenail.

These procedures can require a varying amount of recovery times, from weeks to months.

Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Comfortable shoes that prevent pressure should be worn to prevent recurrence. 

The earlier ingrown toenails are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have ingrown toenails that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to 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 and your pain will fall flat!

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: orthotics   flat feet  

Flat feet can be a common yet unfortunate condition. Proper support for your feet can make a lasting difference because without it, your knees and ankles can suffer due to a chain effect. There are arches on the insoles of your feet that normally develop due to a tightness in the tendons that hold the foot together. Flat feet occur when these tendons do not develop at all. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition if you happen to be experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.     

When flat feet occur, the tendons as mentioned above, do not develop correctly and the foot is left without a proper arch. The foot therefore presses against the floor in a flat manner, without any tendon support. In some other adults, the tendons that once properly formed can loosen later in life, causing flat feet. Flat feet can make walking or running extremely painful because people with this circumstance tend to roll their ankle inwards right after the heel touches the surface. Abnormal angles in joints thus occur. As you can see, flat feet make routine tasks more difficult than they have to be.

Treatment for flat feet can include the use of arch support orthotics, special shoes that provide extra arch support or physical therapy to help correct the incorrect walk caused by flat feet. Our use of state of the art technology allows us to provide your feet with a custom solution that will act to minimize pain caused by flat feet. By using our services, you will help to minimize pain brought about by an unequal stride. However, arch supports may require investing in new shoes since you may require the extra space to accompany them.

For those experiencing flat feet, 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 and your pain will fall flat!




 








 

 

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