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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 26, 2019
Category: shoes

It’s summertime and you slip on your favorite pair of sandals and look in the mirror. What you see isn’t pretty. Unfortunately, open summer styles make it difficult to escape certain foot disorders that have unsightly symptoms. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to encourage patients to make an appointment to come see us if you notice unusual symptoms in your feet.

Below are some common podiatric disorders you may be seeing:

Haglund’s Deformity—more commonly known as “pump bump,” this painful bony enlargement at the back of the heel may be more visible but less painful at this time of year if you switch to open back shoes. That’s because stiff-backed shoes like pumps and other dress shoes, certain boots and even ice skates can aggravate the bony enlargement, causing inflammation and pain.

Bunions—a large bump at the base of the big toe is the telltale sign of a bunion. A bunion occurs when the big toe begins to drift toward the second toe. Although a defect in foot structure is the root cause of a bunion, wearing shoes that squeeze the toes together or high heels which force feet forward can exacerbate a bunion and cause it to worsen. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your toe and foot and most likely order x-rays to get a complete picture of the condition of the toe joint. Treatment will depend on the severity of the bunion.

Fungal Toenails—do you have one or more toenails that appear thickened and discolored? This can be the sign of a fungal nail infection. In some cases, the nail may also be crumbling or peeling at the edges. Since fungal nails are often not painful, patients tend to put off seeking treatment for them, especially if they’re under wraps in socks and closed shoe styles. There are a few treatment options for fungal nails, but they can take quite a while to be fully eradicated.

If your summer shoes are revealing foot disorders with unattractive symptoms, don’t wait any longer. Contact our Cromwell office and get your foot issue taken care of.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 19, 2019
Category: foot safety

As the school year draws to a close, many of our patients at Feet First Foot Care Specialists will be thinking about spending some time at one of our many beautiful shoreline beaches. Without the proper precautions, however, your beach day can be the cause of seriously uncomfortable foot or ankle problems. Beware of these potential dangers and take the necessary steps to keep your feet safe.

Jellyfish—a jellyfish that has washed up on the beach can still sting you if you step on it. If this happens, remove tentacles from the foot. Apply vinegar or baking soda to reduce pain and swelling. Any jellyfish sting that does not heal within a few days will require a visit to our Cromwell office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine the wound.

Fungal Infections—warm, moist places where lots of people walk barefoot are the perfect place for bacterial and fungal infections to thrive. Keep your feet covered by wearing flip flops or shower shoes to the public restrooms and changing areas or you may come home with the unwanted souvenir of athlete’s foot or fungal toenails.

Ankle Sprain or Foot Injury—a game of beach volleyball is starting up. You left your sneakers home but what harm can come from playing a friendly pick-up game either barefoot or wearing your flip flops? Actually, plenty. The shifting sands require shoes with strong ankle support and good tread to prevent ankle sprains.

Puncture Wounds and Cuts—another good reason to keep your feet coved for a day at the beach is to avoid stepping on a nail, piece of broken glass or another sharp object that may be beneath the surface of the sand.

Sun Burn—the skin on your feet needs protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Apply a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

If, despite your best attempts, you do receive an injury at the beach, make an appointment with us as soon as possible at our Cromwell, CT office located in Middlesex County. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can provide you with a fast and accurate diagnosis and the treatment to get you back on your feet.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 11, 2019

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, we often hear from our patients that they didn’t know if their foot condition was really anything serious, and so they weren’t sure if they should “bother us” for an appointment. Unfortunately, by the time we hear this, the problem has usually progressed to a severe stage which now requires longer and possibly more invasive treatment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, would much rather you come into our Cromwell office and find out there’s nothing wrong instead of waiting until you are in excruciating pain or having other difficulty walking.

Questions to Help You Decide

If you’re still undecided about whether or not to call us, below are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Does it hurt? Pain is your body’s way of sending you a message that something is wrong. Often patients make the mistake of thinking that unless it’s severe and constant pain, it can’t be anything serious. Stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis and heel pain are three of many common conditions that may start out with just intermittent pain or discomfort when exercising or doing particular activities. If these conditions are diagnosed early, the foot doctor can prescribe treatment and/or preventive measures to keep the problem from becoming seriously disabling.
  2. Did it look like that before? We recommend that patients get in the habit of regularly inspecting their feet to look for changes that can signal a problem. Rashes, bumps, bruises, growths and changes in the skin or toenails can all be the beginning of a podiatric disorder. If you have diabetes, it’s particularly important that you contact us as soon as you notice anything out of the ordinary, since even minor foot problems like athlete’s foot and blisters can rapidly turn into serious health problems.
  3. Do you feel something different? Does your foot feel numb? Or, maybe you are noticing a tingling or burning sensation in your feet. These can be a sign of neuropathy or another nerve issue.
  4. Is it infected? A wound that begins to feel warm, has red streaks around it or is showing any discharge or pus may be infected. If you notice any of these symptoms, particularly if you also have a fever, contact us immediately by calling: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 05, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: diabetes   Athlete's foot   blisters   warts  

If you have diabetes, you are probably already aware of the importance of being proactive in the care of your feet. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are your partner in helping you maintain good foot health.

Below are 5 recommendations to help avoid potentially dangerous podiatric problems for patients with diabetes:

  1. Manage your diabetes. Follow all your doctor’s instructions for keeping your blood sugar levels where they should be. This, in turn, will lessen the problems associated with the disease that can negatively impact the health of your feet.
  2. Avoid walking barefoot. Even in your own home, it’s easy to step on a pin or sharp object and cut your foot. Loss of sensation (or neuropathy), which is often a symptom of diabetes, can make it difficult to detect an injury on the bottom of the foot until it has become infected.
  3. Inspect your feet regularly. Common foot conditions such as athlete’s foot, warts and blisters can result in big problems for those with diabetes. Circulation difficulties and immune system dysfunction often associated with diabetes means that foot conditions and injuries can be difficult to treat. An infection can have very serious consequences. Look for any signs of injury or unusual changes in your toes, feet and ankles. If you find anything suspicious, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can examine your foot and head off any potential problems.
  4. Wear good shoes. Choose styles with a cushioned sole and slip-proof tread. Be sure the toe box is wide enough to avoid squeezing toes together. Check the material inside the shoe to be sure there are no rough spots that could create friction and cause a blister on the skin.
  5. Do not expose your feet to direct heat. You should also not use electric blankets or foot warmers. You may not be able to accurately gauge how hot the temperature is and could burn your feet.

If you have questions regarding the best ways to care for your feet if you have diabetes, contact us today.




 








 

 

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