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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 22, 2018
Tags: neuromas  

Neuromas are nerve complications that occur after sustaining damage. Generally, they develop in the ball of the foot. This location is the most frequent source of neuroma formation since it is subject to repeated stresses that can cause the nerve to become inflamed. Nerves are delicate and damage to them cannot be reversed. So, if proper treatment is not sought at the beginning stages of this condition, a permanent injury could develop. Symptoms of this condition include, but are not limited to, foot discomfort, numbness, burning and shooting pains. Causes for this condition include sprains, bunions, hereditary traits, arthritis, using poorly fitting shoes or any activity that places abnormal amounts of stress on the ball of the foot.

Treatment for neuromas involves:

  • Using medication to alleviate nerve pain.
  • Ultrasound.
  • The use of correctly fitting shoes.
  • Orthotics to help alleviate pressure in the heel area.
  • Padding placed strategically around the heel of the foot that can also help mitigate high amounts of pressure being placed upon it.
  • Massaging the ball of the foot will help to alleviate pain.
  • Anesthetics could also be injected into the site of the neuroma to reduce swelling and to numb the pain, which can be severe depending on the level of injury to the nerve.
  • Surgical procedures will be used if the neuroma must be physically removed due to a lack of success with conservative treatment methods. Although this can be used to eliminate pain, since this procedure involves nerves, there may be a long-term numbness around the area of surgical removal.

Nerves play an important part with foot sensation. Neuromas can lead to frustrating circumstances which you can help to avoid by taking the time to contact us for a consultation. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. offers you the best chance of beating this condition. So please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and take a look at our Patient Education section for further helpful information. 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 14, 2018
Category: foot surgery

Joint Replacement of the metatarsophalangeal or “MTP” joint is used to treat arthritis of the big toe. During this procedure, the big toe joint is removed and substituted with metal or plastic pieces and is done so to reduce pain and to regain full range of motion. Symptoms of arthritis in the big toe are discomfort and a reduction in mobility. It is however important to recognize that those patients who have an infection, blood vessel sickness or any relevant allergies should not undergo this procedure. It may also be risky for patients with diabetes to have this surgery performed on them as well.

When performed, it is done by first making an incision over the first MTP joint and having a portion of the bone removed from the joint. Bone channels are thereafter cleared and implants are placed in the correct position. Lastly, the wound is closed up. If there are any initial bone deformities, they must be addressed during surgery or the implant may fail.  

Recovery post-surgery includes:

  • Gauze bandaging is positioned over the toe and the joint is immobilized.
  • Physical therapy will be used to strengthen the joint.
  • The foot should be elevated to reduce inflammation.
  • A special shoe may be worn after stitches are removed to aid in the healing process.
  • Weight bearing may need to be limited to a small amount of time while healing, although near routine walking will be possible within a few weeks after the surgical procedure is performed on the toe.

Toe joint replacement is an important procedure that can significantly help diminish pain in an arthritic big toe. Please contact us for a consultation to determine if your toe may require this form of treatment. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can help to eliminate pain from arthritis in your big toe with this procedure. So please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and check out our Patient Education library to see how to check your feet and ankles for other signs of complications.

 

 

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 08, 2018
Tags: diabetes   foot ulcers  

Foot Ulcers are nasty and painful. They appear as openings in the skin of the foot and uncover what’s beneath. Ischemic ulcers are severe, develop from a lack of blood flow and take a long period of time to heal due to a reduction in blood flow. Neuropathic ulcers, however, cause a loss of foot sensation. Diabetes is a major contributor to this condition since it causes numbness in feet. This can make it difficult to detect any abrasions or cuts in the skin simply because they cannot be felt. When these wounds are not noticed, they can result in ulcers. Moreover, these ulcers may not be noticed by patients with diabetes until they become severe and require more comprehensive forms of treatment.

Treatment for foot ulcers involves:

  • Utilizing foot support devices such as a special boot that can help to drastically relieve pressure around an ulcer.
  • Using special creams or dressings around the ulcer location to prevent infections from developing.
  • Increasing exercise or any other forms of physical therapy to increase blood flow to the ulcer site, as doing so can reduce healing time.
  • Managing blood sugar levels at the levels recommended by a medical professional to prevent the onset of diabetes.
  • Closely studying feet for any wounds.
  • Washing feet daily to prevent any microbes from entering open wounds.
  • Keeping feet dry.
  • Using moisturizing creams.
  • When the above methods are not successful in removing the ulcer, surgical procedures may be required to remove any infected skin from the ulcer.

Ulcers are a nasty surprise and should be treated with urgency. Please contact us if you have this condition or have diabetes and susceptible to acquiring it. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. will do his best to ensure that your feet don’t fall victim to ulcers. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education library is a great way to learn more about this and many other conditions!




 








 

 

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