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During May, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists celebrate Older Americans Month. We are pleased to offer excellent foot care to Middlesex County patients of all ages. One issue that is of particular importance to our senior patients is preventing falls. It’s estimated one in four Americans over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls can have devastating consequences that extend way beyond the injury itself. Studies show patients who suffer a fall may lose confidence about going out and participating in activities they previously enjoyed out of fear of falling again. It can lead to isolation and a loss of independence.

Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to decrease your risk of falling.
Here are five steps to consider:

  1. Stay Ahead of Foot Pain—believe it or not, one of the most frequent causes of falls is foot problems. When your feet hurt, you tend to change the way you walk to prevent the pain. It, in turn, can throw you off balance and cause a fall. Treat foot pain promptly! Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 and arrange an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to diagnose and treat any podiatric problems you may be experiencing.
  2. Get Rid of Worn-Out Shoes—another hazard that leads to trips and falls is wearing shoes with holes, stretched-out heels, and worn treads. When buying new shoes, get your feet professionally measured and try on both shoes to make sure they fit comfortably.
  3. Safeguard Your Home—more than half of all falls happen at home. There are several measures you can take to decrease fall risk at home, including:
    • Remove torn or frayed carpeting, throw rugs and mats.
    • Add extra lighting to entrances, hallways, and staircases. Be sure you have a well-lit path to the bathroom at night.
    • Put anti-slip strips on the floor of your tub or shower. Install grab bars around the toilet.
    • Rearrange shelves and cabinets so frequently used items are within easy reach.
  4. Periodically Review Medications—ask your doctor or pharmacist to look at all the medications and supplements you currently take to ensure there are no interactions that could cause dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness.
  5. Stay on Schedule with Eye and Ear Exams—decreases in vision or hearing increase your fall risk. Annual checkups for your eyes and ears will detect loss of vision or hearing promptly.

If you have questions about how to care for your feet as you age, please contact us by calling 860-632-5499.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
May 17, 2021
Category: skin conditions

Memorial Day weekend—the official kickoff of summer—is almost here, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know it’s an excellent time to recognize Skin Cancer Awareness Month. We want to share some helpful information about skin cancer with our Middlesex County patients before they begin enjoying beach and pool days.

 

Check Skin Regularly-Don't Forget Feet
 

Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States each year than all other kinds of cancer combined. However, it’s also among the most treatable forms of the disease. The 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99% if caught and treated early.

Early detection is one of the best weapons available in the fight against skin cancer. That’s why doctors recommend you examine the skin on your body carefully once a month and have a dermatologist exam annually. Many patients forget to think about the skin on their feet when it comes to skin cancer, but it is just as vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays as that on the rest of your body. There is an easy guide to looking for potentially harmful moles, freckles, and pigmented spots on your skin when examining your feet.

 

Use the A-B-C-D-E method to detect changes that may indicate developing skin cancer:

  • A—Asymmetry: if you were to draw a line down the center of the spot, the two sides do not look the same.
  • B—Border: potentially cancerous spots can have irregular, scalloped, or no clearly defined borders.
  • C—Color: mole appears to have several colors or shade in it, such as red, blue, white or tan, brown and black; colors may be mottled.
  • D—Diameter: anything over 6mm or about the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E—Evolving: the spot appears to be changing in size, shape, or color since the last time you examined it or is markedly different from other spots you have.


When you look over your feet, be sure to examine the entire foot, including between your toes and your toenails. If you notice any of the above changes or are unsure about a 'spot, it’s best to contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange an appointment with our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to determine if further evaluation is required.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
May 10, 2021
Category: bone health

Did you know estimates are one in two women and one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to let our Middlesex County patients know that May is National Osteoporosis Month and an excellent time to focus on the importance of bone strength for your feet (and the rest of your body). Approximately 25% of all the bones in your body are in your feet. And those bones are responsible for carrying the entire weight of the body as you walk, run and accomplish all your daily tasks.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can help you develop a plan to improve and maintain strong bones. The first step is knowing your risk for osteoporosis. Many people mistakenly assume weak bones and fractures occur naturally over time, but this is untrue. Certain factors can predispose you to this disease. These risk factors fall into two categories:

Risk Factors You Can’t Control:

 

  • Age: being over 50
  • Gender: females have a higher risk than males
  • Menopause
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Body type: low body weight, small thin build at greater risk
  • Height loss
  • Previous bone fractures

Risk Factors You Can Control:

  • Inadequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet
  • Too much protein, sodium, and caffeine consumption
  • Diet lacks fruits and vegetables
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Losing too much weight
  • Excessive alcohol use

The doctor will go over all your risk factors and may recommend a bone density test if appropriate. This painless test can help assess the current health of your bones.

Building Stronger Bones

Fortunately, there are many ways you can improve bone strength at any age. These include: eating more calcium-rich foods or taking supplements to get the amounts you need, regularly engaging in weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, improving balance, and not smoking.

If you have questions about bone health and your feet, don’t hesitate to Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
May 05, 2021
Category: foot fungus

As warmer weather arrives, more and more of our Middlesex County patients are beginning to get out and engage in “normal” activities again. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we think this is an excellent time to give some reminders about a common podiatric problem: fungal foot infections

Here are some facts about fungal infections and how to prevent them:

FACT: Foot odor can be a sign of a fungal infection. Other symptoms include red, itchy, burning skin that’s flaky and dry. Fungal nails may become discolored and thickened. Nails may also become brittle and crumbly at the edges.

FACT: Fungal infections are spread by coming in direct contact with the fungi, usually on a surface touched with the feet of an infected person. Wearing shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals in public places like pools, gym locker rooms, beach changing areas where people tend to walk barefoot will significantly reduce your chances of contracting a fungal infection.

FACT: Keeping feet clean by washing them with soap and water every day will lower your infection risk. Just be sure to dry your feet thoroughly, paying extra attention to the spaces between your toes because that’s usually where athlete’s foot first develops.

FACT: A nail salon that doesn’t follow proper sanitizing procedures can be a hotbed of fungal infections. It’s essential to sterilize all foot baths and all nail tools between customers. If you go to a salon regularly, consider bringing your own tools.

FACT: You should avoid sharing shoes or socks with other people or using nail clippers, emery boards, and any other items that have been in contact with someone else’s feet.

FACT: Your footwear choices can increase your risk for infection. Make sure you purchase shoes made of breathable material and that your shoes allow room for air to circulate. Avoid thick cotton socks and other types that cause your feet to sweat. If you perspire heavily, use a foot powder and change your socks throughout the day if you notice they feel damp.

FACT: Fungal infections can spread if not treated promptly. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, if you suspect you have a fungal foot infection.




 








 

 

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