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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 27, 2017

Foot ulcers bring the pain and they should be avoided when necessary. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education should also be looked at for further helpful information.

Foot ulcers effect diabetics in high numbers. They are openings in the skin of the foot that reveal the tissue underneath. There are Neuropathic ulcers, Ischemic ulcers and a combination of both. This condition appears on the ball of the foot or underneath the big toe. It is inconvenient due to its location and can be hard to avoid rubbing it against objects. If the sore gets infected and is left untreated, it could mean that an amputation is necessary.

Amputations may become required if not treated timely. There are some ways to prevent amputation such as only removing the infected skin from the ulcer or decreasing pressure around the ulcer. Medicines are another source of treatment. All diabetics have the potential to develop foot ulcers. Those diabetics that use insulin and also have another disease are usually at a higher risk of developing foot ulcers. Those who are overweight or drink large amounts of alcohol or smoke tobacco products frequently have high risks of the progression of foot ulcers.  Treatment may include proper cleaning and removing of dead skin, trying not to walk barefoot, wearing socks when possible and exercising to help with circulation. Stopping the bad habit of smoking is also helpful as it can increase circulation. Any healing cream can thereafter be applied prior to covering the wound to prevent further infection. In some instances, skin grafts may be utilized to protect the open wound from infection. Oxygen therapy can also be of assistance with speeding up the healing process when required

Due to the stubborn nature of this condition to be painful, we recommend that you please contact us as soon as possible to avoid severe pain. This condition can be treated effectively and your routine will immensely benefit from it!

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 19, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail fungus can cause strong odors, but also many other complications when not treated correctly. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to treat and remove this condition from your toenails at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education should also be looked at for further helpful information.

Toenail Fungus flourishes underneath toenails, which makes it more difficult to treat than many other foot and ankle conditions. This condition happens because the area under the toenail is frequently moist and warm. The fungus that attacks the toenails emits an unpleasant odor and turns them yellowish. This fungus can occur from an unhygienic pedicure, from the use of public showers or from walking barefoot around pools open to the public. Damage is seen as collapsing and brittleness of the nail as well as odor emitted from the toenail. If this condition is not treated timely, it can extend to other nails nearby.

Treatments may include soaking the infected toenails in warm salt water. Do not cut the nail if it’s infected. Otherwise, try not to cut them too deep. It is also helpful to wear shoes that are cleaned frequently and to change socks two to three times a day to prevent fungus from building up within them. Using antibiotic cream to destroy the infection at its originating location on the toe is especially helpful so that it does not come back again. A medical professional can also perform surgical procedures if the above methods are not helpful. The surgery includes raising the infected portion of the nail and applying oral antibiotics directly to the infected nail bed underneath. Non-invasive methods are also useful to treat this condition. Such methods are the use of laser treatment that can penetrate the nail and destroy the fungus underneath, without having to raise it.

Toenail fungus can cause more complications than just unpleasant odors. We therefore recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after discovering that your toenails are inflicted with this condition so that we can provide the necessary services that best suit your fungal infection.

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 14, 2017
Tags: orthotics   corns  

Corns can be inconvenient and irritating. They can also cause significant pain if not treated timely. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help treat your corns at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499. Don’t forget to check out our Patient Education for helpful information on many foot and ankle conditions.

Corns are layers of dead skin that have become hard in an effort to protect the skin underneath them from friction or pressure that caused them to form in the first place. Those with healthy immune systems may need minimal treatment if their corns do not cause significant discomfort. Pressure exerted on the toes from consistent actions can cause the development of corns. However, patients with diabetes have poor blood flow and complications may follow the formation of a corn on their feet. Corns are typically hard in the center, are surrounded by swollen skin and generally form on the top or side of the toe; or in between the toes.

Conditions that can increase the chances of developing this problem include:

  • Poorly fitting shoes that are too narrow, have high heels or are too loose.
  • Not utilizing socks when wearing any type of footwear.

To prevent corns, it is best to use shoes with a large toe box, use protective pads that are non-medicated or use toe separators. Treatments may include having the excess skin of the corn trimmed by a medical professional, the use of salicylic acid to chemically break down the dead layers of skin on the corn (these can be purchased in a gel that can be applied to the corn), and the use of shoe inserts. Placing custom made orthotics in shoes can be very helpful in distributing pressure away from the sensitive areas that are prone to developing corns. When these methods are not successful with controlling this condition, surgery may be required on the bone that’s causing the friction contributing to corn formation.

Since corns can eventually become painful if not treated timely, please contact us now for treatment that can have your feet free of corns in no time!

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
December 07, 2017
Tags: neuromas  

Neuromas are a condition that can cause significant pain since they involve the nerves in the foot. This condition can be treated, but must be done so timely to prevent surgery. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can assist with treating this condition with precision and care at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499. Also, check out our Patient Education which has a vast variety of information on this and many other foot and ankle subjects.

Morton's Neuroma is a growth of nerve tissue that forms in the foot and can be very painful due to the fact that it involves nerves. This condition develops when there is an inflamed nerve in the ball of the foot and is accompanied by burning or tingling pains that can suddenly begin when walking, with numbness growing among the toes. The pain associated with this condition generally occurs when weight is born by the foot during normal walking, running or any other significant form of movement. A throbbing pain can happen on the sides of toes, especially after walking. Moreover, pain may occur suddenly while walking, at which point the foot will need to rest to stop it from continuing.

Preventative tips include using proper footwear that help with alleviating pain, using medicines to reduce severe discomfort or utilizing steroids to reduce inflammation caused by this condition. Surgery may, however, be required to eliminate the injured nerve or to take away the pressure placed upon on it. The longer this condition goes on without treatment, the more likely surgery will be required. Surgery will involve removing the nerve completely or cutting surrounding ligaments to relieve pressure.

Neuromas require proper care and attention since they can cause lasting damage to the foot. They can cause severe pain when left untreated and should not be ignored as they can get worse. Please take the time to contact us to schedule a consultation and take the first step to stopping the effects of neuromas before they stop you from enjoying your mobility.

 




 








 

 

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