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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 25, 2017
Tags: tendonitis  

Tendonitis occurs when the tendon develops inflammation or irritation due to an injury or when there is repeated stress on the tendon. If this condition is not cared for and the tendon remains swollen for an extended amount of time, severe injuries such as rupture of the tendon can occur. Although this condition can happen to anyone, it is most frequently observed in athletes due to their tendency to repeat the same strenuous movements. Elders may also be at higher risk for tendonitis due to the tendons becoming less flexible. Contributing factors include deformities in feet, ankles or legs and flat feet, all of which put an unusual amount of tension on tendons. Achilles tendinitis is a degenerative disorder whereby the tendon’s makeup changes and is prone to injury such as tearing. This form of tendonitis can cause severe pain. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has much experience treating this condition at 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 tendonitis.

Exercising to help strengthen muscles will aid in preventing the onset of this condition. Other methods of prevention include utilizing proper shoes when exercising; warming up correctly as well as for an appropriate amount of time before participating in sporting activities; avoiding running on jagged surfaces; refraining from impulsive intense activity. When experiencing tendonitis, it is best to apply ice and keep the injured foot elevated when possible to reduce swelling. Also getting plenty of rest, keeping it elevated, using anti-inflammatories, wearing orthotics to support the ankle (which removes pressure from the tendon) or using heel lifts are also helpful. It can take over a month for the tendon to heal using these methods. When these methods do not significantly reduce pain, surgery may be needed to lengthen the calf muscles so that the ankle has greater motion. Due to the seriousness of this condition, please contact our offices right away to ensure your tendon remains in the best health possible.

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 19, 2017
Category: Foot Condtions
Tags: Athlete's foot   Tinea Pedis  

Our podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can treat athlete’s foot at 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.

Athlete’s foot is very common and is caused by a fungal organism that infects the skin of the foot. This condition is also referred to as Tinea Pedis. One reason this condition occurs so easily is because fungi succeed on the body in warm, damp and shady areas that are covered like the feet. This condition is highly contagious and is spread from one person to another, surfaces contaminated with the fungi or by walking barefoot in gym locker rooms, pools and showers.

This fungus, if left untreated, can spread from the feet to nails or other areas of the body. With athlete’s foot, the foot may experience itching, burning or a red color.                           

Treatments for this condition include antifungal creams, keeping feet dry, changing socks daily, disinfecting shoes, wearing cotton socks, using sandals in locker room showers or pools and disinfecting showers. The reduction of moisture to the feet is very helpful in stopping this condition from coming back once it has infected the foot. The use of shoes that are open-toed can help the foot get air to combat this infection, especially in hot weather. The areas between toes must also be kept dry after they become wet as fungi also breed in the moisture between them. Yet, this condition usually reoccurs and oral antifungal medications may be required for a more effective and lasting treatment.

Athlete’s foot can be contracted easily, but it may be a real pain trying to contain and cure it. The longer this condition goes without treatment, the worse the potential complications and pain will be. Therefore, please contact our office today so that we may be able to help eradicate this fungal infection from your feet and provide you with the information necessary to decrease your chances of ever having to experience this condition again.

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has many years of experience with treating arthritic foot and ankle conditions at 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.

Arthritis results in inflammation of joints and the adjacent tissues. The cartilage, which acts to cushion the joints, is lost and results in bones rubbing directly against each other. This rubbing of the bones causes severe pain and leads to a reduction in mobility and function as well as foot or ankle deformities. There are three types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis that occurs in the middle aged and gets worse over time), Rheumatoid Arthritis (where the immune system attacks itself, including joints) and Post-Traumatic Arthritis (develops after a severe injury to the foot or ankle and may progress after years after a severe injury). Symptoms of this condition vary by type, but generally include pain, stiffness, swelling and a reduction in mobility.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves either conservative or surgical methods. Anti-inflammatories are useful to reduce swelling. Medications are utilized to relieve pain and orthotics are helpful. Specially made shoes that have a comfortable fit allow for swollen feet to have more space to move. Other non-invasive treatments include padding, braces, physical therapy and weight loss to help reduce pressure on the injured joints. If the arthritic condition in the foot or ankle does not respond to the non-invasive methods previously discussed, surgical options will likely be needed for a fusion of the joints or joint replacement.

Since arthritic conditions in the feet and ankles can progress over time, they gradually get worse and bring severe pain and loss of mobility as the condition evolves. Don't wait until it’s too late to treat your foot or ankle arthritis - please contact our office today so that we can help to diagnose the extent of your arthritis and decide whether conservative or surgical treatments will be necessary to reduce your pain and increase mobility.

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 04, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has many years of experience with foot ulcers 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.

Foot ulcers are linked to those who have diabetes. Yet they can also occur in anyone and present themselves as patches of broken-down skin on the feet. Patients with diabetes are prone to this condition because their blood sugar gets too high or swings from one extreme to the other and the normal healing process is hindered due to nerve damage. This is due to high blood glucose levels making it more difficult for the body to fight off infections caused by ulcers in the foot. This can get dangerous since the nerves that would normally send a pain signal from the feet to the brain can get damaged and result in not knowing that an ulcer is growing worse. Diabetic foot ulcers can develop from cuts, wounds or bruises. In addition to nerve damage, another cause of reduced healing stems from arteries that have been blocked, thus preventing the pain signals from a foot ulcer from stimulating a response.

Patients with diabetes who smoke, don’t get enough exercise or have high blood pressure can be at an increased risk of developing foot ulcers. It’s very important for those with diabetes to treat foot ulcers at the very early stages since they can lead to amputation. They should avoid walking on an advanced ulcer to prevent the infection from being pressed deeper into their feet. A brace or cast can help to protect feet in these situations.

It is also important to follow recovery suggestions as scars underneath the healing ulcer can still simply break down. It is therefore recommended that those recovering from a foot ulcer wear special shoes to protect the wound area. Please contact our office today to make sure that your foot ulcer is taken care of before it becomes a source of severe pain or a dangerous infection.

 




 








 

 

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