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Posts for: April, 2020

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
April 27, 2020
Category: general health

We’re well into our second month now of self-isolating and staying home as much as possible, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that it’s putting quite a bit of stress on our Middlesex County patients. One strategy that is helping many families cope with this challenging time is maintaining a consistent and regular schedule.

Here’s why:

  1. Routine Brings Comfort and Security—For children and adults alike, having a familiar routine and schedule is good for emotional health. Creating a structure to the day—getting up at a certain time, eating regular meals, taking care of personal hygiene, and doing chores and work—allows some sense of control in a situation that seems to be largely out of our hands. Try to incorporate as many elements as possible that you were doing before the virus. For example, if you typically would meet your kids at the bus stop in the afternoon, have a 3:00 p.m. time out and go for a walk around the neighborhood. Keep bedtimes and evening rituals the same, as well as any other touchpoints your family is used to.

  2. Helps Everyone be More Productive—In many households, one or more people are trying to work from home, and children are attempting to stay on track with their schoolwork. When there’s no schedule, it’s easy for hours to pass and nothing to get accomplished. Set specific times for work and lessons and also for breaks for physical activity and fun. Put Zoom meetings on a calendar or whiteboard so family members all know when quiet is needed. Once the rhythm of the day is firmly established it will be easier for everyone to get their work done.

  3. Paves the Way for a Smooth Transition Back—Yes, we will get the virus under control and eventually go back to school, work, and some more normal way of life! It will prove much more difficult to get people back on track and able to get out of the house on time if everyone has been operating without a schedule and routine.

It’s definitely a balancing act. It’s necessary to allow for downtime for everyone to de-stress but it’s beneficial to maintain as much of a schedule as possible. As always, we are here for you and your family. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle issues, don’t hesitate to contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can evaluate your condition and determine the best course of action. Stay well!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
April 20, 2020
Category: community outreach

At Feet First Foot Care, we know that our Middlesex County patients are doing their best to follow safety precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus—and there are signs that it’s working. One of those measures is self-isolating, something that can be particularly stressful if you live alone.

Here are some guidelines that can help:

Stay Connected—it’s especially important at this time that you maintain communication with loved ones and friends. Where a Facebook post or quick email may have sufficed in the past, now we need to hear each other’s voices and see faces whenever possible. Take advantage of Zoom, What’s App, facetime and other services that you can get for free and enable you to see and talk to those you are missing.

Change the Incoming Messages—limit the amount of time you spend watching the news. Being informed is one thing, but 24 hours of nonstop images and virus talk is unhealthy. Instead, look for upbeat podcasts, resources from your place of worship, or community social workers for some positive practices to create balance and improve emotional health.

Reach Out to Others in Need—if you know people in a situation similar to yours, give them a call or send a note or email—even if they’re not someone you’re really close to. Shared experiences create bonds. Plus, thinking about others is a good way to help us take some of the focus off our own stress and anxiety.

Get Some Fresh Air—the weather is finally getting warmer and flowers and shrubs are starting to bloom. It’s good to get some sun and take a brisk walk if possible. Exercise is also a mood elevator and will help you stay healthy.

We want our patients to know that we are available if you have foot trouble. Contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
April 13, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot health   foot care tips  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that all of our Middlesex County patients are focused on staying healthy during this time of the coronavirus. It’s also a good time to consider the health of your feet. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and we want to pass on some information on how to take good care of your feet.  They will carry you where you want to go for many years to come.

  1. Get a visual. Regularly examining your feet is one of the best weapons against foot health problems. Early detection means less invasive treatments and quicker recoveries for many podiatric disorders. Look for changes in the shape of your feet, bruises, growths, discoloration of nails or skin, swelling, or anything else unusual. Report anything concerning to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, so that it can be evaluated.
  2. Keep it clean. One simple way to improve the health of your feet is with a good care regimen. Start by washing your feet every day with soap and water. Apply a rich moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin and cracking. Use foot powder before putting on socks if your feet tend to sweat in excess. These steps can go a long way toward preventing athlete’s foot and other infections
  3. Stay active. Even in this time of social isolation, it’s important to commit to regular physical exercise. Your feet benefit by maintaining flexibility and good circulation. Physical activity also helps keep your weight down, which helps reduce foot pain and lowers your risk for several conditions, such as plantar fasciitis.
  4. Keep your feet covered. Toenail fungus and other foot infections spread by direct contact. Wearing flip-flops or shower shoes when you are at the gym, town pool, dance studio, and other public places when they re-open will reduce your risk dramatically.
  5. Choose shoes wisely. Look for well-made styles that have heels two inches or lower, roomy toe boxes, and cushioned insoles. Now is a good time to go through your shoe wardrobe and discard stretched out pairs, have flattened insoles, unevenly worn heels, or visible damage.

Even with the coronavirus going on, if you have foot pain or other uncomfortable symptoms, please contact our Cromwell office
at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
April 06, 2020
Category: nutrition

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that the coronavirus pandemic has meant many changes for our Middlesex County families. Being confined largely to the home can cause everyone to go a little stir crazy. If you’re looking for a fun and educational activity to share as a family, why not explore some different cuisines?

Healthy Meals

One positive aspect of the current situation is cooking and eating meals at home. Home cooking makes it easier to control ingredients and make healthy choices. It’s also a great way to save money. Before getting started, talk to your family about healthy eating habits. Encourage the search for new cuisines and recipes that will:

  • Be high in lean protein
  • Low in saturated fats and sugars
  • Feature vegetables and fruits prominently
  • Be packed with flavor from low-sodium seasonings

Travel the Globe

Explore countries around the world that your family members are interested in. Is there someplace they’ve always wanted to go? Is there a type of restaurant that you normally enjoy going to together? Make a list of cuisines you’re interested in learning more about. Pick one and start researching. Look up information online about the country of your choice. Learn about the foods that are most often eaten there and the methods of cooking that are commonly employed.

Next, plan a meal with specialties from the country you’ve chosen. Try to use items that you already have in your pantry, or that can be ordered in your next grocery delivery. Then get cooking. Give children jobs that are appropriate to their age and ability. Here’s a chance to have a fraction lesson while measuring ingredients. Teach basic cooking methods to older children. Let young children help wash vegetables and stir. If your children enjoy arts and crafts, encourage them to make decorations for the table that reflect the culture of the country. Who knows? You may emerge from this time of self-isolation with a new repertoire of family favorite recipes and want to make cooking together a permanent addition to your routine.

Stay safe! As always, remember that you can call on our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, with any podiatric concerns by contacting our Cromwell office at (860) 632-5499.




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