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Canadian Olympic shot-put contender Brittany Crew is sitting out the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Montreal this week to give a badly sprained ankle some additional recovery time. While you’re probably not an Olympic athlete, at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we think there is something that our Middlesex County patients can learn from Crew’s wise move: rehabilitating ankle injuries can’t be rushed.

Back in May, Crew was competing in the Tucson Elite Classic in Arizona. On her first throw, her left foot hit the toe board and slid, shifting Crew’s weight, and putting full force on her right ankle. She heard a pop and then felt numb. Ankle sprains are rated by grades to express the severity of the injury. In Crew’s case, she sustained a Grade 2 sprain, a serious overstretching of the ankle ligaments where the joint remains stable and not displaced. By allowing her ankle, extra rest along with proper physical therapy and training, Crew hopes to be refreshed and at her peak in time for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo later in July.

How to Handle an Ankle Sprain

The takeaway from Crew’s story applies to all our patients. If you sustain an ankle-twisting injury here’s what you should know:

  • Ankle injuries can be tricky to self-assess. You may feel extreme pain, or, like Crew, the ankle may feel numb. Some patients make the mistake of thinking the sprain is “not too bad” because it isn’t very painful, and they can walk on it.

  • Seek medical care promptly. Your best course of action is to contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 and letting our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas examine your injured ankle to evaluate the severity of the injury.

  • R-I-C-E in the meantime. Until the podiatrist can see you, follow the regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation of the injured area.

  • Don’t Rush It. Your ankle may feel better before it’s fully healed. In addition to the ligaments getting back to normal, it’s essential to build up the surrounding muscles to support the ankle ligaments.

  • Finally, always complete the full course of therapy prescribed by the foot doctor to ensure a complete recovery and reduce your risk of future sprains.

 


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 21, 2021
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: foot pain   heel pain   Bursitis  

You notice the back of your heel hurts when you’re walking or running. It’s also a little bit swollen, red, and warm. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we recognize these as potential symptoms of bursitis. Many of our Middlesex County patients are not familiar with this condition and how it can affect your feet. Below is some helpful information you should know.

Bursitis Defined

Bursas are tiny, fluid-filled sacs located near a joint, tendon, or bone. Their purpose is to provide some cushioning by reducing friction and acting as a lubricant to the area. Bursitis occurs when the bursa in a particular spot becomes inflamed or irritated. Common areas where bursitis develops in your feet in addition to the heel are the ball of the foot, toes, near the base of your Achilles, or on a bunion.

Causes

Most often, bursitis is the result of repetitive motion or pressure to the affected area. Other contributing factors may include:

  • Improperly fitting shoes
  • Not warming up and stretching sufficiently before exercise
  • Haglund’s deformity (also known as “pump bump,” a bony enlargement that forms on the back of your heel)
  • Underlying medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, gout

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect you may have bursitis, it’s important you make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. The symptoms of bursitis are also typical of other podiatric disorders. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will want to conduct a complete physical examination and get your medical history to rule out other possibilities. To confirm a diagnosis of bursitis, the podiatrist may order imaging studies such as x-rays, an MRI, or ultrasound. Sometimes a small amount of fluid will be drawn from the bursa and sent to the lab to be analyzed.

The good news is most patients with bursitis recover using conservative treatment methods. The foot doctor may recommend rest from the activities that are aggravating your bursa. Icing and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to relieve pain. Physical therapy and stretching exercises may also be prescribed.

Don’t suffer unnecessarily. If you are experiencing any pain or other unusual symptoms in your feet, contact us today, 860-632-5499.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 14, 2021

In a recent press conference, Governor Ned Lamont told CT residents, “Get out of the damn house!” At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we heartily agree. Too many of our Middlesex County patients have spent far too long at home and primarily just wearing slippers, flip-flops, or going barefoot. Of course, you can keep the flip-flops out for pool or beach days, but for all other activities, it’s time to get back to wearing regular shoes.

Flat Shoes and Foot Pain

Long-term use of slippers, ballet flats, and traditional flip-flops (as well as walking barefoot) aggravate the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot known as the plantar fascia. It, in turn, can cause arch and heel pain. Weight gain and inactivity can also contribute to hurting feet and make wearing regular, supportive shoes feel uncomfortable.

Get Back to Better Shoes

It may take a little getting used to again, but wearing well-made shoes that fit your feet is crucial to good podiatric health. Below are some steps you should take to update your shoe wardrobe:

  • Examine your current shoes. Now’s a good time to go through your shoes and inspect them for rips, worn-down soles, flattened heel beds, and other signs of wear. Discard all shoes that are damaged or worn out.
  • Get your feet professionally measured. Your feet can get larger as you age. They can also increase in size if you’ve gained weight—many people have put on the “quarantine 15” or more over the last year.
  • Invest in new sports or fitness shoes. Wearing shoes designed for the fitness activity you do improves comfort and performance.
  • Schedule a podiatric checkup. If your feet are hurting even after you’ve purchased shoes that fit correctly, it’s time to get them evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499 to make an appointment. The foot doctor will find the source of your podiatric discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment to relieve foot pain and get you back on track.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know our Middlesex County patients are ready for some summer fun. With covid restrictions lifted, it’s a great time to enjoy beach and pool days, hiking, biking, watersports, shopping, site seeing and visiting with family and friends. However, we want our patients to get the most out of the season and keep their feet safe and healthy.

Four helpful tips for preventing foot problems this summer:

  • Wear the right shoe for your brand of summer fun. Too often we see patients whose summer activities have come to a screeching halt due to an ankle sprain or other injury they received because they weren’t wearing shoes that were appropriate for the activity they were doing. High-heeled sandals on a site-seeing tour or playing beach volleyball in flip flops are just two common examples of inappropriate footwear choices that can end in painful injuries. Plan ahead and choose shoes that are best suited to what you’ll be doing.

  • Don’t wear sneakers without socks. Sweaty summer feet need socks. Bacteria is always present in shoes. When it mixes with perspiration, both feet and shoes become stinky, and infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are more likely to develop. Choose an absorbent type of sock and change it whenever you notice your feet feel moist. Further, reduce your risk of contracting a foot infection by keeping your feet covered in public places. 

  • Remember to use sunscreen. A bad sunburn on your feet can make it impossible to put on shoes or even walk. It’s also bad for your skin and increases your chances of developing skin cancer down the road. Apply sunscreen to the skin on your feet while you apply it to the rest of your body. Even if you are using a water-resistant variety, you should reapply after swimming or every two hours. Remember to put sunscreen on your feet when shopping, running errands, and any time you are outside and expose your feet to the sun.

  • Limit barefoot time. Although feeling the grass and sand between your toes is considered quintessential summer, it also dramatically increases your risk of injury. Sharp objects lurk out of sight in the yard and at the beach, which can cause cuts and puncture wounds. Going barefoot also raises your chances of stepping on a bee or other stinging bug or a washed-up jellyfish at the beach. If you have diabetes, you must keep your feet covered.

If, despite all your efforts to protect your feet, you do sustain an injury or notice a rash or other unusual foot symptoms, contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499 and make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to get it evaluated promptly.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 01, 2021
Category: foot health

We at Feet First Foot Care Specialists would like to recognize National Men’s Health Month with some tips for our male Middlesex County patients during June. Studies show, gentlemen, that guys pay less attention to health issues than women, and when it comes to your feet, that may mean that you ultimately must deal with more painful conditions. The good news is foot care doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Below are some simple ways to take better care of your feet, so they’ll allow you to continue to do all you love to do.

  • Wash your feet daily with soap and water. This simple step will help reduce the risk of many common bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Check your toenails once a week. Keeping nails trimmed straight across will help prevent painful ingrown toenails. Don’t cut nails so short that the skin overlaps them. If you notice a nail is beginning to grow into the skin, soak it in warm water several times a day and then try to massage the nail out of the skin.
  • Discard athletic and other shoes when they are worn. Even if your sneakers still look good, they tend to start to deteriorate on the inside somewhere between 300-500 miles of use. Wearing shoes that no longer support your feet can lead to plantar fasciitis and other disorders.
  • Keep feet dry. If your feet tend to sweat excessively, try using a foot powder before putting on your socks and keep an extra pair of socks handy to change into if your feet feel damp.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Carrying extra pounds puts strain on your feet and increases your risk for many common podiatric problems.
  • Don’t put off dealing with foot or ankle pain. Get foot discomfort evaluated promptly by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Pain is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem. Getting foot ailments diagnosed in their early stages often means the foot doctor can use a less invasive treatment method and get you back to your normal activity level sooner.



 








 

 

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