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Posts for: February, 2022

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 22, 2022
Category: fall prevention

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we understand aging is inevitable, and foot problems could be one of the first signs of aging. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls have become the leading cause of injury among Americans aged 65 and older. Addressing early warning signs can make a big difference in the overall well-being of seniors. We always want our Middlesex County patients to stay healthy and safe. Below, you will find a collection of facts about falling, commonly asked questions, and our best senior foot care tips.


Facts About Falling

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury (such as broken bones or a head injury).
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
  • Feet kept clean and healthy helps keep your balance, so falls are less likely.


What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?


What Can Happen After a Fall?

  • Falls can cause sprained or even broken toes and ankles
  • Falls can cause head injuries
  • Stiffness or numbness in legs and feet


What Are the Signs “Senior Care” Is Needed?

  • Foot pain that gets worse with physical activity
  • Slow-healing wounds or wounds that don’t heal at all
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles
  • Discomfort or pain that alters the way you walk
  • Tingling, burning, or numbness in the feet


Foot Care Tips for Seniors

  • Wear loose-fitting dry, clean socks every day
  • Establish a healthy foot care routine
  • Perform self-examinations between podiatrist visits (note: this is not a substitute for a physical examination.)
  • Keep feet moisturized
  • Keep nails clipped, straight down to the toenail


At Feet First Foot Care, establishing a routine visit with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is easy. Please call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or schedule online via our website, and our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm.

In general, it is always important that one takes precautions to avoid foot and ankle injuries. However, this can be even more difficult during the cold winter months. During this season at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we see the number of injuries to the lower extremities increase due to weather-related accidents. From poor circulation and frostbite to broken toes, the severity of damage can vary. However, by taking proper preventative measures, the chances of reducing weather-related injuries decreases. We want all our Middlesex County patients to have a healthy, comfortable, and safe winter. Below are five ways you can keep your feet happy while still enjoying all your favorite winter activities!

  1. Stay Informed.

The more you know, the safer you are. Luckily, at Feet First Foot Care, we have all the helpful information you may be looking for. Underlying pain from conditions such as Peripheral Arterial Disease and varicose veins can feel worse when the temperatures are below freezing. For folks over the age of 50, stiffness and soreness in the legs can be directly linked to arthritis. If you’re interested in learning more, we highly recommend you check out our blog!

  1. Wear Protective Shoes.

Fashionable women’s winter boots can be trendy and stylish but are dangerous on snow- and ice-covered surfaces. Depending on how you lose your balance, falls from unsafe winter boots can lead to several injuries. Even if they are your favorite pair when your shoes are old and worn out, the layer of insulation between your feet and the elements is much less. It can cause your feet to become very cold and even wet. Replace worn-out and unstable shoes as soon as possible.

  1. Watch For Ice and Snow.

Use caution when traveling outdoors, and always keep an eye out for ice and snow patches while walking. Keep areas around doorways well-lit so that icy patches are visible. Always check for slippery spots before stepping out of the car or walking up and downstairs. Wear shoes with a thick high traction sole that can prevent slipping.

  1. Keep Your Feet Dry.

Wet and cold feet may not only be a terrible feeling but one of the worst things for overall foot health. It can also lead to fungal infections like athletes foot. Wearing moisture-wicking socks will help keep feet dry internally from sweat. Water-resistant boots will help keep feet dry externally from the outside elements. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in temperature and color.

  1. Get The Right Help.

Nothing is more important than having a regular checkup with a podiatrist. Every six months to one year is an ideal timeline for a checkup for people with well-managed foot issues. Listen to your feet, and don’t ignore pain. If you experience any persistent pain, don’t hesitate to call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas

Love is in the air this month at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are excited to be celebrating Valentine's Day and American Heart Month. We wholeheartedly believe living a healthy lifestyle can be simple, tasteful, and fun! Cooking more meals at home allows everyone in the family to build better eating habits. Plus, it is a great way to say “I love you” to someone special. Healthy meals are known to promote emotional balance, nourish the heart, and improve podiatric health. Below are a few heartfelt recipes and activities for you to share with your loved ones.

Heart-Healthy Recipes:

  • Sriracha-Glazed Chicken with Paprika Butternut Squash
  • Ginger Pumpkin Bisque
  • Greek Frittata with Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Roasted Red Bell Peppers
  • Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
  • Oatmeal Cherry Cookies
  • Berry Cobbler

These are just a few delicious and easy recipes that you can find on the American Heart Association website. A quick and effortless way to enhance dishes is to add fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs while limiting sugar, sodium, and processed foods. Turn your kitchen into a romantic, five-star restaurant and cook up a delicious recipe together!

Heart-Healthy Activities:

  • Couples Foot Massage
  • Online Meditation Class
  • Take a Winter Walk
  • Go Dancing
  • Try a New Heart-Healthy Recipe
  • Have a Podiatric Checkup Together

The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 active minutes a week. Swelling, feeling cold, hair loss, or cramping in your feet and legs can be a potential indication of heart disease. Several medical conditions are linked to heart diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Stress is one factor that may increase your risk for high blood pressure. Make regular physical activity fun and sign up for a new dance class or take a winter walk around your favorite park. Relieve stress with an online meditation class or a couple’s foot massage!

If you have any concerns about foot discomfort that you or your loved ones may be experiencing do not hesitate to schedule a comprehensive foot examination with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office. Contact our office by calling 860-632-5499 to schedule an appointment.




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