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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 25, 2018

Ankle Sprains occur when ligaments extend beyond their natural limitations. This condition is common because there are multiple ligaments that hold bones in the feet together. In particular, the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are predisposed to sprains. The ligaments on the inside of the ankle are sturdier and do not sprain as easily.

The rough part about spraining the ankle is the sudden nature of its occurrence. The ankle generally twists from a quick movement whereby the ligament surrounding it is injured or sprained. Those who participate in high-intensity activities that involve frequent jumping can often incur ankle sprains. With a minor sprain, you can return to routine activities within several days. For more severe sprains, it may take a lengthier period to recover. Moreover, ankle sprains happening higher up on the ankle can take even longer to cure.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Raising the foot to keep it elevated to decrease swelling associated with the sprain.
  • Wrapping the ankle to reduce pressure from swelling. Bandaging is especially beneficial in keeping the ankle in the right position during recovery and is also needed when returning to sports.
  • Ice pack therapy to reduce inflammation.
  • Resting to allow the ankle to quickly heal.
  • Physical therapy to assist the ligament with a speedy recovery.
  • Exercising such as proper physical therapy after sustaining this injury is imperative since a lack of appropriate care can result in chronic pain to the ankle.

This condition can lead to significant complications if not treated timely. An improperly healed ankle may become prone to becoming sprained easily. Appropriate treatment can help to avoid this situation. Please contact us to start proper treatment after you sustain this injury. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can help alleviate your ankle sprain discomfort and give you the best chance of making the injured ankle strong again. So, please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education library may also be a helpful resource for your research into maintaining the best possible foot and ankle health.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 17, 2018
Category: foot fungus
Tags: Athlete's foot   treatment  

Athlete’s foot can cause discomfort and can be avoided if the proper precautions are followed. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, where we can be reached at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education library has additional information about many other foot and ankle conditions.

Athlete’s Foot can start from a fungus and can happen to anyone. It, however, often occurs to athletes since they generally wear footwear that is closed and can become very warm and moist after high-intensity activities. This condition produces red and itchy conditions on the feet. Individuals who walk barefoot in and around moist surfaces near public pools, showers or locker rooms can acquire the fungus that causes this condition. After the fungus gets onto the foot, it can still be averted if:

  • Feet are dried regularly.
  • Shoes are not too narrow.
  • Socks are changed frequently.

To prevent this condition, shoes should be sterile to make it tougher for a fungus to cultivate while keeping them hygienic. This method should be followed by using anti-fungal medications via powder or oral forms. Utilizing leather or open toe shoes to allow the foot to dry out, washing feet daily, keeping feet dry when required, using foot powders and wearing sandals when utilizing a public pool or locker room to stop fungus from getting onto the skin of the foot can all help to avoid the chances of contracting this condition.

Treatment for this condition includes antifungal medications, antibiotics and keeping feet dry with medicated powders placed inside of shoes. It’s also important to note that if someone else in the household acquires this condition, it is highly recommended that showers are sanitized to prevent another outbreak from of this condition.

 

Since athlete’s foot can be easy to contract and painful to have, it is important to receive timely treatment before you spread it anyone else. Please contact us to learn more about how we can treat your athlete’s foot so that you can be back to business sooner than you expect!

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 11, 2018

Achilles tendonitis can bring pain and discomfort. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, where we can be reached at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education section also has helpful information about foot and ankle conditions.

Achilles tendonitis can bring severe pain. This happens since the Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. This condition produces severe pain since the affected tendon is located behind the heel. If the tendon happens to tear, surgery will likely be required. If it ruptures, a pop sound will accompany it, followed by sharp pain in the back of the ankle. This will likely affect mobility. Although this condition more often happens to athletes because of the high intensity activities that they participate in and the stress it causes on their Achilles tendon, it can also occur to others for any number of activities.

Activities that usually strain the tendon can produce this condition. Inflammation initially occurs as the tendon becomes stressed. The following symptoms can also accompany this condition:

  • Sharp pain in the calf.
  • Inflammation in the heel.
  • An inability to put weight on the toes.

 

Methods of treatment include anti-inflammatories, exercising by stretching the calf and ice therapy to decrease inflammation. Cortisone, an anti-inflammatory also known as a steroid, can help; although, it is not prescribed often since it can unfortunately cause the tendon to rupture. Orthotics and cushioned shoes are also used to decrease irritation and strain on the tendon. Heel lifts are used to move the heel away from the back of the shoe to prevent it from rubbing against it. For severe pain, a walking boot may be used for a short time until physical therapy starts. It should, however, not be used for a long period of time as it can weaken the calf muscle.

Achilles tendonitis can produce significant pain in a variety of individuals. To avoid dealing with long recovery times, timely treatment is required. So, contact us today for treatment and get back to your activities sooner rather than later!

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics   arthritis  

Orthotics provide an amazing feeling of recovery, especially when they are custom molded. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide you with the best fitting orthotics at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, where we can be reached at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education library also contains a wealth of information for keeping your feet and ankles in their best possible shape.

Orthotics are designed to relieve pain, ease deformities, enable greater mobility and provide stability. Although they can be bought from stores without a prescription, those that are custom-molded to the specific contours of a patient's feet are most effective. An extensive choice of orthotics is offered for diverse foot complications. Orthotics alleviate pain for those with arthritis, tendonitis and other foot or ankle pain. There are two types of these devices:

  • Accommodative which protect and support foot deformities that cannot be corrected and help by providing cushioning and support.
  • Functional which help to balance the hind foot and the fore foot from mechanical issues and act to control asymmetrical motion.

A large group of the population use these devices to treat an underlying condition or for extra support. In particular, athletes who participate in high intensity activities use sports orthotics for stability or to treat a prior injury. Pregnant women may use them to alleviate pain radiating from their feet. Those with fractures may use these devices to cope with recovery after a cast has been removed. Others may use them to alleviate general pain. Patients with diabetes use orthotics to prevent further injuries. Furthermore, custom orthotics are especially helpful as they are not only made to match the contours of feet, but can be designed to react to the way individuals move. Runners can benefit immensely when examining wear patterns to see how these devices can help.

Due to the many benefits that orthotics can provide, there is a high likelihood of probability that your foot condition can benefit from the use of these devises. Whether you choose to buy them from a pre-cut size or have them custom fitted to your feet, we can provide you with the best option. So, contact us today for your pair!

 




 








 

 

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