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At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know as our Middlesex County patients switch from summer sandals to fall footwear, the transition may not go as smoothly as we like. Summer shoes tend to be more open and not as constricting as closed styles which become the norm in the fall.

Three common podiatric problems you may see in the fall and what to do about them:

Problem: Athlete’s foot. shoes invite fungal and bacterial infections. With all the barefoot traffic summer sees around swimming pools and in seaside changing areas and restrooms, infections are prevalent. If you’ve started back to the gym, there’s a high likelihood infection is present in communal showers and locker rooms. These dark, moist spaces are the perfect breeding ground for athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Solution: Foot infections spread by direct contact. Keeping your feet covered in public places will help prevent you from getting one. Try not to wear the same pair of shoes multiple days in a row. Allow a day or two in between uses for shoes to air out. Choose shoes made of natural, breathable materials.

Problem: Heel Pain. If one of the reasons you hate to see summer end is because you love living in flip-flops, there’s a good chance your heels will be hurting once you go back to regular shoes. That’s because traditional flip-flops do not provide any arch support. It, in turn, aggravates the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue along the bottom of your foot—and causes your heels to hurt.

Solution: Try to gradually transition to traditional shoes, wearing them a few hours a day and increasing usage slowly. You may also need to do some stretching exercises to help decrease inflammation in the plantar fascia.

Problem: Bunion Pain. Ah, it was so nice to wear open-toed shoes that didn’t press on your bunion and make it hurt! Going back to closed-toe styles may mean an increase in the pain and discomfort you experience from your bunions.

Solution: Some additional padding may help to protect a sensitive bunion. You may also have to consider shoes that are a little larger or at least designed with a roomier toe box. It may also be time to have the podiatrist check to see if your bunion progresses to a point where a different treatment plan is necessary.

With all of the above foot problems and any new uncomfortable symptoms you develop, if they persist, it’s best not to put off making an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and track down the source of your discomfort as well as the best solution to bring you relief.


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

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we often see Middlesex County patients suffering from poor circulation but are unaware of it. Your circulatory system is responsible for bringing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to every cell in your body. Since your feet are the part of you farthest from the heart, they may be the first to send up warning signs indicating a slow circulation down. Below are some symptoms that may indicate poor circulation:              

  • Feet frequently feel cold, regardless of temperature where you are

  • Feelings of numbness

  • Skin discoloration turning blue, red, white, or purple

  • Hair loss on legs, feet, and toes

  • Dry skin, cracking

  • Wounds seem to be slow to heal

  • Weak toenails

Causes of poor circulation

For some patients, circulation may be impeded when they spend time outside in the cold or stand or sit in one position for a long period. Poor circulation can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition, including:

  • Diabetes—when you don’t manage diabetes effectively and blood glucose levels remain high for an extended period; blood vessels can be damaged.

  • Raynaud’s Disease— condition causes blood vessels to narrow when exposed to cold temperatures. Raynaud's can also trigger stress and another illness or medical treatment, such as chemotherapy.

  • Arteriosclerosis—high blood pressure can result in a hardening of the arteries.

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease— is characterized by plaque buildup in the arteries, which restricts blood flow.

Improving Circulation

Suppose you recognize any of the signs of poor circulation. In that case, it's important that you 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. The foot doctor will determine if poor circulation is present and track down the source. There are some steps you can take at home to improve circulation to your feet. These include:

  • Stay active

  • Don’t sit with legs crossed

  • Stop smoking

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol

  • Wear compression socks

  • Keep feet warm

If you have questions about poor circulation and your feet, contact us, 860-632-5499 for your appointment.


September 03, 2021
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Across Middlesex County, children and teens are gearing up for the fall sports season. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re happy some things seem to be getting back on track for our and their team sports participation. However, we also want to remind parents and athletes that while there are many benefits to playing sports, there are also potential pitfalls for foot and ankle injuries.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help ensure a safe and injury-free sports season for your youngster’s athletic activities:

  1. Don’t wait for the first practice to get moving. Going directly from the couch to the playing field is an invitation to many common sports injuries, from ankle sprains to Achilles tendonitis. Hopefully, your child has been engaged in physical activities throughout the summer. It’s important to increase their fitness level as the sports season approaches gradually. Encourage your child to become more active and perhaps contact their coach pre-season for some conditioning suggestions to get in shape for their sport.

  2. Buy new athletic shoes. Most likely, your children will have outgrown their sports shoes from last season. If last year’s model still fits, be sure to inspect externally and internally signs of wear, such as worn treads, stretched-out uppers, and tears or holes. It’s best to buy sport-specific athletic shoes designed for the specific movements each sport requires. Get feet properly measured and fitted too.

  3. Get old injuries re-evaluated. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 for an appointment if your child sustained an injury over the last year. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will want to check on how well your child has recovered from a previous injury and may make recommendations for accommodations this season to prevent re-injury.

  4. Stress proper form and technique. Look for a sports program committed to teaching young athletes the right way to move and execute plays for their sport. It is an important safeguard against injuries.

  5. Stretch it out. Don’t let your child skip this important pre-and post-workout step. It helps improve flexibility and range of motion and helps ensure muscles are functioning smoothly, decreasing injury risk.

  6. Never play through the pain. Don’t subscribe to the old adage, “no pain, no gain.” If your child’s foot or ankle is hurting, promptly get them off the field and to the foot doctor. Don’t risk a worse injury that could sideline them for the remainder of the season or longer.




 








 

 

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