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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: calluses  

Calluses are areas of rigid and thick growth that generally develop on the ball of the foot, as repeated pressure and friction are applied to them. They can become a disturbance to your general foot health and should be treated in due course. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has many years of experience with treating this condition at the Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 or visit the Patient Education section of our website to find out more about this condition.

A callus can present itself in different colors, such as white, yellow or even brown. They happen to be more common in women due to the fact that they are caused more often by friction, which high heels and women’s shoes tend to cause. The skin thickens to form a callus as a protective mechanism. However, infected calluses can be painful and might bleed. Calluses that happen on the portion of the foot that bears the most weight can also be extremely painful. Yet calluses must be distinguished from other conditions which also cause hardening of the skin in the same areas of the foot, such as inherited disorders which may present themselves as calluses to the untrained eye, but could nonetheless be a symptom of something different or more serious.

Treatment for this condition is most effective when it reduces friction. Eliminating badly fitting shoes and placing strategic padding on the area will allow calluses to heal. Combining these methods with medications will be the best form of initial treatment. If an infection occurs in an area of the callus, there may need to be a removal performed by a medical professional to prevent any additional complications. Antibiotics will likely be prescribed thereafter to kill off the infection and to prevent it from spreading.

Calluses can be taken care of at the very beginning through self-treatment; however, they can become painful and lead to unnecessary infections if neglected. Please contact our office today to give your feet the best chance they have of making sure your calluses are removed efficiently and remain gone!

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 21, 2017
Tags: gout   uric acid   big toe pain  

Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., treats many different types of foot and ankle conditions, including gout. Gout happens when the feet joints become swollen due to a buildup of urate crystals in those particular joints. This condition can be extremely painful and should be treated with care. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 at the Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT so that we can ensure that your condition is treated correctly.

Gout occurs from crystal buildup due to excessive amounts of uric acid in the blood, which is produced during the digestion of certain foods and beverages such as meats, seafood, alcohol or those high in sugar. It affects the large joint of the big toe and other areas of the feet and ankles. Generally uric acid disperses in the blood and travels through the kidneys and eventually into the urine. However, if your body makes too large an amount of uric acid or if your kidneys don’t get rid of fast enough, it builds up and forms sharp urate crystals in the joints. This buildup is what causes severe pain and inflammation. The pain and any associated symptoms occur quickly and within 12 hours after the buildup begins. Please utilize our Patient Education resources to help manage this and other conditions and learn more about the symptoms of this condition.

Symptoms include a nagging pain at first, then sudden and severe pain, including swelling at the joint. Decreased mobility also occurs as this condition gets worse. To prevent the condition from evolving into a serious problem, treatment involves the use of appropriate medications to prevent current and future pain emanating from the excess buildup of crystals. Since complications may occur from this condition, it’s important to remember to follow some general guidelines to assist with mitigating its effects, such as avoiding alcohol or drinks like soda that contain high sugar, as well as meats. It shouldn’t be surprising that water is best to help with this condition. Exercising is also very helpful since losing weight can help with the processing of uric acids in your body.

This condition can cause severe pain and complications very soon after its onset. Please contact us today so that gout won’t ever agonize your feet again!

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 13, 2017
Category: ankle surgery

Ankle replacement surgery is an important procedure that is done to replace the injured bone and cartilage located in the ankle joint. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., is trained to accomplish this surgery with the utmost skill and care. Please utilize our Patient Education resources to help you better understand the fundamentals of foot and ankle health.

Ankle Joint Replacement uses synthetic joint parts, otherwise referred to as prosthetics, to act as a substitute for your bones. The degenerative condition of arthritis that affects the ankle joint happens as the cartilage of the joint substantially wears down. When the cartilage has deteriorated to a greatly reduced level, bones grind on each other when the joint moves. This severely limits mobility and causes pain. Relief through medicines or braces may be used but may not provide the relief necessary to mitigate severe pain. If these treatments are not enough to stop ankle degeneration, ankle replacement would be the best option for providing relief. Ankle replacement swaps the damaged portions with metallic and plastic implants and, tendons are put back into place. The surgeon who performs this procedure will make a cut in the front portion of your ankle to reveal the ankle joint and will then move the tendons, nerves, and blood vessels to the side. After all this, the damaged bone and cartilage will be removed, replaced and stitched up. You may contact us right away to find out if you’re a good candidate for this surgery.

This procedure is generally a great option since you will retain ankle motion. During the recovery period, there may be a need for a cast or brace to prevent the ankle from moving since movement immediately after surgery can damage the newly placed implants. After the recovery period has taken its course, ankle mobility will return, without the annoying arthritic pain.

Please feel free to call our offices at (860) 632-5499 at the Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. We will ensure that your ankle receives the treatment it deserves.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 07, 2017
Tags: sprained ankles  

Sprained ankles directly affect the ligament that connects the bones to the joint in your foot. As you can imagine, this type of injury can be painful. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition and help to alleviate your pain. You should contact us right away if you believe you’ve suffered a sprained ankle.

 

Ankles are joints where the tibia, fibula and talus connect. Ankles sit on top of the heel bone. They are very important to the overall mobility of the foot since they allow the foot to turn at a moment’s notice. Moreover, tendons connect muscles and move the ankle joint. Ligaments are tough structures that surround joints. When any of these three are damaged, the ankle suffers and a sprain may result. 

 

When sprains happen, the ankle joint is suddenly compelled to move outside its typical range of movement. This can happen from an abnormal step or a sudden twist by the foot. Ankle sprains that involve injuries to the ligament incur damage when they are over-stretched. When an ankle ligament is damaged due to stretching or tearing, it can swell and bruise, causing severe pain. 

 

The majority of sprains should heal after a few weeks; however severe sprains may take much longer. The severity depends on the level of the stretch. Tears will generally require an extended recovery time due to the nature of injury.

 

To prevent ankle sprains, you should perform exercises that strengthen your ankle and the surrounding muscles around it since they stabilize the ankle and help with balance. Stability and balance will help to prevent ankle sprains from occurring at the most vulnerable parts of the ankle. If an injury does occur, the general treatments to be utilized first are plenty of rest, use of ice, compression and raising the ankle. Furthermore, use of heat, strenuous exercise or massages should be avoided during recovery. 

 

Call our offices for an appointment at (860) 632-5499 at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. We will ensure that your ankle stays in top shape throughout the recovery process.

 



 








 

 

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