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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we offer top-quality foot care for the entire family. We encourage our Middlesex County families to be proactive in the health of their feet and ankles. At each stage of life, however, there are different areas of concern we focus on. Below are some tips for every member of your family:

Infants' and Children's Pediatric Foot Care

For babies, the most important foot health tip is to allow your infant to kick, stretch, and freely move their feet. During the first year of life, feet change and develop rapidly. Avoid tight socks and shoes which can be restrictive and affect the shape of the foot. As the child progresses to the toddler stage and starts to walk, you’ll be able to observe their gait. Be aware, however, early walkers may appear pigeon-toed, walk on tip-toes, and do other strange things that are not necessarily abnormal for their age. Your young child may also not appear to have much of an arch until they lose their baby fat. The most important concern in childhood is making sure you stay ahead of fast-growing feet and frequently check to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. If you have any concerns about how their feet look or how they walk, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can take a look at your child’s feet and determine if anything out of the ordinary is happening.

Adults' Pediatric Foot Care

From young adulthood thru middle ages, good foot care consists of good habits, including:

  • Wearing shoes that fit well and choosing styles that do not have narrow toe boxes or very high heels.
  • Proper hygiene.
  • Eating a healthy diet that helps maintain an appropriate weight and has adequate amounts of calcium for strong bones.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Inspecting feet periodically and reporting any pain or abnormalities promptly to the foot doctor.

Senior Foot Care

Foot problems are not “normal” as you age! If you’ve maintained good foot health habits in your younger years, you will reduce the number of foot problems in your senior years. However, some issues may require additional attention. Exercise continues to be important, but consider adding a class or activity that helps improve balance to help lower fall risk. Stay current with other medical appointments to detect health issues that may impact your feet in their earliest stages. Be vigilant about hygiene and routine care to prevent many common foot problems.

No matter what your age or stage of life, we’re here for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns, (860) 632-5499.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 22, 2020
Category: orthotics
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   bunions   arthritis  

At Feet First Foot & Ankle Care Specialists, we find many of our Middlesex County patients are surprised when we prescribe a custom orthotic to relieve foot or ankle pain. Orthotics serve three primary functions: changing foot function, protection, or a combination of both. Custom orthotics made from a mold of your unique foot structure treat a wide range of symptoms.

Here are four podiatric disorders that may be helped by custom orthotics:

  1. Diabetes—One of the most significant concerns for patients with diabetes is developing an ulcer or wound on the foot. Poor circulation, which is commonly associated with this disease, can make it difficult to heal a wound on the foot. Serious infections and even amputations can be the result of uncontrolled ulcers. Soft orthotics are made to pad a specific area at risk for developing a wound or sore and showing potential danger signs.

  2. Arthritis—Joint pain and stiffness are the two most frequent symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. An orthotic can help reposition your feet to take the load off of affected joints and make walking and standing more comfortable.

  3. Plantar Fasciitis/Flat Feet—When the arches of your feet collapse or flatten, pain in the arch and the heel often occur. The plantar fascia is a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Lack of arch support puts a strain on the plantar fascia and causes heel pain. Orthotics can be used to add support to the arch of the foot.

  4. Bunions—Although bunions are a progressive deformity, a custom orthotic can help realign the big toe and slow its movement out of proper position. Orthotics can make it more comfortable to wear shoes.

The first step to determining if a custom orthotic will help your foot pain is to make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet and ankles and diagnose the cause of your podiatric discomfort. The foot doctor will then let you know if a custom orthotic or another treatment method will be best to alleviate your pain.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 14, 2020
Category: community outreach

When it comes to falling, what you don’t know can seriously hurt you. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are recognizing Falls Prevention Awareness Week by helping our senior Middlesex County patients by debunking some common myths surrounding falls.

“It won’t happen to me.” One in four patients age 65 and older falls each year. Falls are the number one cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. For those who recover, a fall may be the trigger for a move to a nursing home. It can also lead to debilitating fears that prevent people from living their best life and keeps them isolated.

“I will just stay home, and that will reduce my chances of falling.” Not so. Studies show that 50% of falls happen at home. But you can help change that by making some simple modifications. In the bathroom: add grab bars to the shower and around the toilet; non-slip strips in the tub. On the stairs: install a second handrail and increase lighting. Throughout the house: remove clutter on the floor, get rid of scatter rugs and cords that run across walking paths.

“My lifestyle is not connected to my fall risk.” There are several factors you control that can improve your chances of staying upright. Regular exercise, for example, improves flexibility and range of motion. Staying current with your eye exams to detect vision loss before it causes a fall and asking your pharmacist to monitor your medications to spot interactions that may cause dizziness are other ways to protect you from falling.

“I’ll wait a week or two and see if my foot pain goes away on its own.” Rarely does the foot (or other pain in your body) go away without treatment. Delaying getting discomfort in your feet or ankles evaluated increases your risk of falling. Don’t wait— make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will find the source of your foot pain and alleviate it before it results in a fall with potentially serious consequences.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 09, 2020

‘Quarantine 15’ is a real thing, and it is impacting children as well as adults. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to recognize National Childhood Obesity Month and offer our Middlesex County families some tools to fight this dangerous weight gain trend.

Be Mindful—sitting on the couch with a bag of chips while your child watches their favorite television show is a classic non-mindful approach to eating. Eating while doing something else leads to consuming way more than a single serving. Be aware of when your child is eating and why. Help them avoid boredom eating. If you know they’ve had an appropriate amount of food and snacks for the day, redirect them to a more active pursuit like playing outside or taking a bike ride.

Pay Attention to Portions—know what your child’s daily calorie intake should be (if you’re unsure, check with the pediatrician). Help children use visual cues like the size of their fist, for example, to determine appropriate portion sizes. Check packages to find out what constitutes a serving and then take out that amount to eat and put the rest away.

Build a Better Plate—many children and parents are unaware of what a healthy dinner plate should look like. Start by filling half the plate with vegetables or salad. Then fill one remaining quarter with lean protein and the other with carbohydrates.

Encourage Physical Activity Daily—children should get at least one hour of exercise daily. It can take the form of a sport, an activity like hiking or rollerblading, or free play in the yard. Asking your child to help with more strenuous chores like raking leaves or turning over a garden is another way to burn more calories.

Children who are overweight are more likely to experience foot pain and problems. If your child is complaining of any podiatric discomfort, make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your child’s feet and ask questions about his or her lifestyle and habits. The foot doctor will diagnose the source of your child’s pain and suggest ways to improve podiatric and overall health.




 








 

 

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