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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 19, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: foot fungus   toenails   discomfort   odor  

There are so many types of foot and ankle conditions that can plague anyone, but, for most people, it’s difficult to really know about something before it directly or indirectly impacts their own lives. For those who have never experienced foot fungus in their lifetime, consider yourselves lucky! Foot fungus is one of those conditions that can be minor and hard to notice for a long time, especially because it doesn’t cause any discomfort until it’s left untreated and significantly worsens. Foot fungus can appear anywhere on your feet, most commonly on and around our toes. It can cause a subtle odor that can be noticeable to everyone but you! When it’s left to worsen, foot fungus can often spread to the toenails. This is where foot fungus then becomes toenail fungus.

In most scenarios, toenail fungus begins as a small area of discoloration on the toenail. This tiny spot can develop into something much more noticeable, however! As toenail fungus worsens, the affected toenail can become brittle, deformed, cause discomfort, and potentially become infected. When it comes to toenail fungus, a do-it-yourself method isn’t advised. If not carefully treated, toenail fungus can easily spread to other toenails or even other areas of your feet, causing discomfort and odor. What are the most important warning signs to look out for when it comes to toenail fungus?

  • Discolored toenails
  • A lifting nailbed
  • Deformity of the toenail
  • An unusual odor coming from the toes
  • Shoes with a worsening smell to them

Thankfully, there are several ways to treat toenail fungus. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas helps to treat toenail fungus in his patients. If you notice that your toes might be exhibiting some of these warning signs listed above, call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule your next appointment at our location in Cromwell, Connecticut.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 12, 2019
Category: podiatric medicine
Tags: feet   ankles   specialize   maintenance  

If you’ve found yourself considering why or why not to see a podiatrist lately, this is the blog for you! While many people may not need to see a podiatrist until they’ve reached their 40s or later, you would still be surprised at how many people under 40 desperately need to see a podiatrist but will never pencil themselves in. The common alternative for most people is to bring up minor issues with their primary care doctor, if at all. While your primary care doctor is trained to help you maintain your overall health, they don’t specialize in the medical care of your feet and ankles. Who does? Our podiatrist at Feet First Foot Care Specialists!

Podiatrists, who are lovingly referred to as foot doctors, are doctors who specialize in the medical care and maintenance of our feet and ankles. Podiatrists, like your primary care doctor, went through the same eight years of schooling to become doctors. The difference, however, is that podiatrists then go on to study even longer in order to specialize in our feet and ankles.

After four years of additional study and experiences pertaining specifically to podiatry, a doctor can then become a podiatrist. Only after passing both national and state examinations to get licensed to practice in a state of their choosing can a podiatrist then take the care of your feet and ankles into their hands. In most cases, if you approach your regular doctor about foot issues, they will suggest either one of two things:

  1. Simple steps you can take at home to potentially help relieve your specific set of symptoms, or…
  2. If and when those do-it-yourself methods aren’t helping, they will refer you to a specialist, i.e., a podiatrist!

Skip the waiting and uncertainty when it comes to finding out what’s wrong with your feet or ankles - call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Mucinskas in Cromwell, Connecticut.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 05, 2019
Category: foot deformities

Are you wondering if you’re at risk of developing bunions? Looking at the statistics, recent studies have shown that nearly 23% of people ranging from 18 to 65 years of age have developed bunions. When you look at populations 65 and older, that percentage jumps to nearly 35%.

While bunions are sometimes perceived as an inevitable condition pertaining to growing older, similarly to how arthritis is sometimes perceived, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Avoiding the development of bunions as we grow older can become a difficult task, but considering bunions are a bone deformity, they are anything but natural or inevitable. Among the statistics previously mentioned, a good portion of those individuals affected by bunion development has inherited their vulnerability to this deformity through their relatives. This means that someone whose grandmother and mother have both developed bunions is much more prone to developing bunions themselves. It ‘runs in the family,’ so to speak!

What can cause bunions to develop?

Shoes - when you wear unsupportive shoes, shoes that are too tight, or shoes that put immense pressure on your toes (i.e., high heels), this can trigger the development of a bunion deformity.

Genetics - look at the toes in your family! If two or more family members have bunions, it’s possible that bunion development could be hereditary.

Arthritis - folks with arthritis often develop issues in their extremities first. This includes our toes which can develop bunions due to the onset of arthritis.

Bunions can be caused by several different factors, but they all lead to the same result: a bony growth on the outer edge of your big toe that pushes the toe inward, causing pain and tenderness. Once bunions have become noticeable or painful, there isn’t much you can do to reverse the deformity besides surgical intervention. While surgery isn’t always necessary, there are ways to help it feel better and prevent it from worsening! This is where Dr. Adam Mucinskas comes in at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC. Call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment.




 








 

 

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