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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 29, 2018
Category: Foot Condtions
Tags: foot odor  

Does your wife make a face every time you slip your shoes off after exercising? Can you smell your teenager’s shoes from across the hall even from behind a closet door? Foot odor is a common issue that has many causes and, thankfully, many solid solutions. Here are some common causes and fixes for foot odor:

Sweaty feet. Your feet have an astounding 250,000 sweat glands. Sweat causes odor by mixing with naturally occurring bacteria on your skin and in your shoes.

Suffocated feet. Hard nylon or plastic shoes can contain the sweat and bacteria inside, causing a nasty aroma blast when you remove them at the end of the day. Try some air-circulating materials like canvas or mesh.

The perpetual sock-wearer. Never wear your socks more than one day without washing them. Mix up the shoes you wear too, changing every few days at least. If your feet sweat a lot, change your socks once or twice during the day.

Wicking socks. Speaking of socks, make sure yours are the right material. Wicking socks, typically made from synthetic blends or from acrylic fibers, can get rid of the sweat from your 250,000 sweat glands. Thick cotton or wool socks are great for the winter but can trap in moisture and cause your feet to stink.

Not wearing socks. If you’re wearing a closed-toe shoe, socks are a must. They help absorb the sweat that would just be swimming around in a shoe.

Wash your feet. Rinse your feet well, ensuring you clean the soles and between the toes. After bathing, make sure you dry all areas well.

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re not afraid of a little foot odor! If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you can’t get rid of the smell, it might be time to give us a call. Dr. Adam Mucinskas can see you at our conveniently located office in Cromwell, Connecticut area.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 21, 2018
Category: sports injuries

How’s your bracket doing this March Madness? Have your winning teams inspired you to hit the court and shoot some hoops? Basketball is a great way to keep your body active and healthy, but without taking the proper precautionary steps, it can also be a dangerous sport! Repeated running and jumping on a court can put a lot of stress on your feet and ankles, causing great injury and putting you on the sideline for weeks.

Here are some common sports injuries associated with basketball and how to avoid them:

  • Ankle Sprains

Ankle Sprains are quite common in basketball. A sprain happens when your foot rolls or bends unnaturally and stretches or even tears one or more ligament. You’ll know your ankle is sprained if it’s very painful to walk on and if there’s swelling or bruising.

Treatment: Ankle sprains need a lot of rest, plus ice to reduce the swelling. Bandages may also be used to hold the ankle in place while it heals. A serious injury might require surgery.

Prevention: Stretching is a must before the big game. Making sure your body is limber and ready to go is necessary. Well-fitting shoes made for basketball are also good for prevention.

  • Plantar Fasciitis

The repeated stress from landing on your feet can cause stress on your heels, often leading to injuries like plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs, occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament connecting your heel to the front of the foot, becomes inflamed. This inflammation is accompanied by pain when you walk.

Treatment: Plantar fasciitis is often treated conservatively with rest, ice, stretching, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication (please talk to your physician before taking medication). In recurring, persistent cases, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) is used for treatment.

Prevention: Calf stretches before hitting the court can be helpful for preventing plantar fasciitis. Orthotic inserts can also cushion the blow of hard jumps.

  • Achilles tendonitis

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body and can withstand forces of over 1,000 pounds. It is also one of the most vulnerable to rupturing. Achilles tendonitis occurs in professional and casual athletes from overuse and inflammation of the tendon. Achilles tendonitis comes with pain after exercise, mild swelling, tenderness about an inch above the Achilles, or sluggishness in your leg.

Treatment: Constrictive bandages are used to limit motion of the tendon. Rest and low impact exercises, such as swimming, are encouraged. Orthotics can also help ease the pain quite a bit.

Prevention: You might be noticing a trend here, but stretching is a necessity to prevent Achilles tendonitis. Also, knowing your limits and knowing when to take a rest are both important.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 15, 2018
Tags: orthotics   corns  

Corns that occur on the foot are the result of great amounts of pressure and friction. They form because the body produces a thickened skin defensive response to the friction. They may seem helpful; however, they can become infected or be the source of ulcers. These issues may be inconvenient for some, but can be devastating for anyone with diabetes or neuropathy since poor circulation in those individuals can cause problems with healing and allow infections to develop more readily. When corns are not treated on a timely basis, they can cause significant discomfort since the pressure that initially produced them will not go away. Factors that tend to increase the likelihood of this condition are shoes that fit too tightly or abnormal toe structures.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Use of correctly fitting shoes with wide toe box areas so that there is plenty of space around the toes at all times.
  • Utilizing padding or orthotics to reduce pressure on the toes.
  • Use of a pumice stone to scrub the outer layers of the corn. This is best accomplished by soaking the corn in warm water multiple times a day to make the skin softer and easier to remove.
  • Use of toe wedges to help place space between the toes which can reduce pressure and alleviate current pain from corns.
  • Surgical procedures may be required to fix a bone deformity that may be causing this condition.

Corns can be a problem if you allow them to become one. The best way to keep them from becoming infected is to obtain needed treatment in a timely manner. So contact us to receive a comprehensive examination to determine the best treatment plan for your corns. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. will alleviate pain in your foot caused by this condition and will do his best to ensure that they don’t reoccur in the future. Moreover, please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and check out our Patient Education library for further helpful information.

 

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 08, 2018
Tags: hammertoes   orthotics  

Hammertoe generally affects the middle toe. The condition causes a misshaped joint at the location that controls whether the toe is straight or is in a bent position. Factors that increase the chances of this condition occurring are:

  • The type of footwear worn - if it is narrow and space constricting
  • An injury caused by trauma to the toes where the toe is jammed or broken, making the development of this condition more probable
  • If there is an irregular balance of the toe muscles that cause instability - this may be the result of genetic traits causing a misshaped foot.

Treatment for Hammertoes includes:

  • Wearing shoes that are both comfortable and spacious, keeping in mind to change shoes for children as they age since the size of their feet changes quickly.
  • Using open toe shoes or sandals to provide ample room for toes not to rub against each other or against the roof of the shoe.
  • Use of supportive devices such as orthotics which can help to redistribute pressure away from the toes.
  • Utilizing padding to cushion toes that may be bent, thereby preventing further damage.
  • Surgical procedures may be necessary if the bent joint does not straighten with conservative treatments. These procedures will be used to straighten the bent toe and will be more likely the longer the toe has remained in that bent position.

Hammertoes can be painful when fitting your feet in their normal shoes and when walking, depending on the severity of the condition. We recommend that you contact us for a consultation to determine the best choices for treating your hammertoes. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. utilizes the most effective treatment methods to help your toes regain their normal shape with the least amount of pain possible. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and look over our Patient Education section for helpful information about other foot conditions that may help you to avoid future complications with your feet.

 




 








 

 

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