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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 28, 2019
Category: circulation

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we find that many times patients don’t understand the ramifications of other medical conditions and lifestyle choices on the health of their feet. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition where some of the arteries in your legs become partially or fully blocked due to the accumulation of plaque or fatty deposits. This can have serious consequences for your lower extremities. Good circulation is necessary for healing wounds on your feet and maintaining overall good foot health.

Below are some facts about PAD that you should know:

FACT: One in five people over the age of 70 has PAD. It affects 8 to 12 million Americans currently.

FACT: Medical conditions that are often associated with PAD are:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

FACT: Patients with PAD are two to six times more likely to die from stroke and heart attack.

FACT: PAD and diabetes are the leading cause of foot and leg amputations in the U.S.

FACT: Symptoms of PAD are:

  • Pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks when you walk
  • Foot or toe pain that wakes you up at night
  • Wounds on the skin or your feet or toes that don’t heal for 8 to 12 weeks
  • Hair loss on your toes and legs
  • Abnormal skin color on your feet

FACT: Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can perform a simple test called an ankle-brachial index to determine if you have PAD. It compares the blood pressure in your arm with the blood pressure in your ankles.

FACT: There are several lifestyle changes that can decrease your risk for PAD:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet to avoid obesity and help lower cholesterol
  • Managing high blood sugar
  • Exercising regularly

FACT: Medications and surgical options to treat PAD are also available.

It’s important to pay attention to the condition of your feet and report any unusual changes to the foot doctor promptly. If you have any concerns, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499.

 


At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that as summer winds down many parents are getting ready for that annual back to school shopping excursion. The new shoes you buy for your child can help them move to the head of the class in podiatric health. Conversely, shoes that get failing marks can lead to foot pain and injury. Below are some tips to help you get the best shoes for your child.

  • Start by examining their old shoes. Unevenly worn heels or insoles may indicate a defect in the biomechanics of your child’s feet. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office for a complete podiatric checkup. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will diagnose any foot or ankle problems and can make recommendations for shoe styles that will best accommodate your child’s particular feet.
  • Get your child’s feet measured professionally. Don’t be surprised if one foot is larger than the other—this is actually quite common. Buy shoes to fit the bigger foot.
  • Don’t buy shoes without having your child try them on. Children’s feet change quickly, and different brands may fit differently even if they are the same size. Children should try on both shoes and walk around for a while in the store to ensure that shoes are comfortable. Check younger children’s feet after to be sure there are no red marks or irritation.
  • Plan your shoe shopping trip for late afternoon or evening. Feet are largest at the end of the day and this will help ensure that shoes feel comfortable all day.
  • Have your child try on the shoes you are buying with the type of socks or tights they will wear with the shoes.
  • Don’t hand down shoes to younger siblings. Each person’s foot is uniquely shaped and that impacts the wear pattern of the shoe. Sharing footwear also increases the risk for fungal infection.

Educating your child now about making sound footwear purchases will help teach them the importance of taking good care of their feet for a lifetime. If you have additional questions about shoes, don’t hesitate to contact us.


At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that there are many reasons why patients may need podiatric surgery. In some cases, it can be the best or only way to correct a chronic foot problem such as weak ankles or bunions. Patients may also elect to have a surgical procedure to relieve pain and discomfort from conditions such as corns, ingrown toenails or heel spurs. Whatever the reason, our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas will want to ensure that you understand as much as possible about the surgery and the recovery period. Knowing what to expect will help you feel more confident and comfortable with the procedure. Below are some questions to ask to help you prepare.

  1. Where will the surgery be performed? Many toe, ankle and foot surgeries can be performed right in our Cromwell office or at an outpatient surgical center.
  2. What type of anesthesia will be used? Some foot surgeries can be performed using local anesthesia with or without a sedative; others require general anesthesia.
  3. How long will the surgery take, and will I need someone to drive me home?
  4. Is there any pre-op testing that needs to be done or restrictions in the days leading up to the surgery?
  5. After the surgery, how long will it be before I can bear weight on the affected foot? This is important to know so you can decide how to arrange things at home for your recovery. If your bedroom is upstairs, for example, you may want to set up a temporary room on the main floor if you will be non-weight bearing for a period of time.
  6. Will I need protective or assistive devices such as surgical shoes, scooter, crutches etc.?
  7. How long will the recovery period be? This is essential information for planning your time off from work and rearranging other engagements on your calendar.
  8. Will there be additional treatments or therapy needed after the surgery? In many cases, physical therapy may be needed to complete the recovery and rehabilitation. Don’t skip this step even if your foot feels fine—muscles, tendons, and ligaments may need to be strengthened in order to fully rehabilitate after surgery.

If you have additional questions regarding an upcoming podiatric surgery, don’t hesitate to contact us.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 07, 2019
Category: skin conditions

Psoriasis is a disease that appears as a skin condition on your legs and feet (as well as on other parts of your body). August is Psoriasis Action Month and we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists want our patients to know more about this disorder and how to spot it.

Do: recognize the seriousness of psoriasis. Although it appears as a skin problem, psoriasis is actually caused by a dysfunctional immune system. Patients with this chronic disease produce new skin cells which surface far too rapidly, and that results in thick patches of inflamed skin. Some patients will also develop psoriatic arthritis which causes pain and inflammation in the joints. For your feet, ankles and toes, this can be particularly debilitating.

Do: know the symptoms of psoriasis. There are several types of psoriasis, each of which may look different. The most common symptoms include thickened patches of skin with red, white or a silverish- gray appearance. It can show up on one or two small spots or it can be widespread. These skin patches can be itchy and become painful over time.

Don’t: delay making an appointment at our Cromwell office calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can evaluate any skin symptoms you are experiencing. Oftentimes patients mistake psoriasis for a case of athlete’s foot or another fungal infection.

Do: check your fingernails for signs of psoriasis as well. Practice proper nail care: keep nails trimmed short and straight across and file away rough edges to prevent injury. Injury can be a trigger for a psoriasis flare-up.

Don’t: be concerned about “catching” psoriasis from another person. It is not contagious. Scientists believe that psoriasis sufferers have a genetic predisposition for the condition that is then activated by exposure to certain triggers. Known triggers include certain medications, stress, skin injury and infection. Not all triggers affect patients similarly.

If you have additional questions about psoriasis and your feet, contact us.




 








 

 

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