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Skin issues on the feet can make it difficult to walk around. Skin issues may also signify that other troubles are going on in the body. A callus is a thickened area of skin on the feet. Repeated rubbing and pressure cause the skin to produce a protective layer (callus). It’s common for both men and women to develop a callus. Patients with bunions and hammertoes are more likely to develop calluses. Calluses can also form when footwear rubs against the skin of the foot, when the toe box of the shoe is small or when females wear high-heeled shoes.

When To Visit a Podiatrist for Callus Treatment

Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can reduce your calluses with precision and care. At Feet First Foot Care, we provide comfortable padding for painful areas. In more severe cases, we may prescribe medication to relieve inflammation or inject cortisone into the underlying bursal sac to reduce pain and swelling.

We also recommend the following to prevent calluses:

  • Wear shoes that fit correctly. If you have any deformities of the toe or foot, talk to your podiatrist to find out what shoes are best for you.
  • Gel pad inserts may decrease friction points and pressure. Your podiatrist can help you determine what pads might be helpful for you.
  • Use an orthotic device to correct an underlying cause.
  • Buy socks with double-thick toes and heels.
  • Do not ignore toe defects. A podiatrist should properly examine any pain or discomfort you experience in your feet.

Callus Prevention

It is always important to check your feet daily. We recommend you incorporate a daily foot care routine into your schedule. You can find basic foot care guidelines on our website. Alternatively, you can prevent calluses as follows:

  • Soak the foot or feet in warm soapy water and gently rub away any loose dead skin.
  • Use a pumice stone or emery board to file any thickened skin.
  • Apply a good moisturizer to the hardened areas to keep them softer and relieve pain.
  • Moleskin (a thin fuzzy sheet of fabric with an adhesive back) are available in stores and can relieve pain caused by calluses. Always use caution removing pads or moleskins to avoid tearing the skin.

If you notice anything abnormal or have other concerns about your feet, call our Cromwell, CT office today at (860)-632-5499 to schedule your appointment.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 22, 2022
Category: podiatric medicine

Board Certification

Specialists of the podiatric profession; Podiatrists have received the highest level of education, training, and board certification. They are the leaders in the field of foot and ankle care. Podiatrists are either board-certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. At Feet First Foot Care LLC, our lead podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, is Board Certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams and be licensed by the state in which they practice.

More Than Just Surgery

As a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Adam Mucinskas offers a full array of podiatric services to help you maintain healthy feet. Foot and ankle surgeons diagnose and treat all conditions that pertain to the foot, ankle, and lower leg. You can read more information about this here, specific services we offer.

A New Generation of Skilled Physicians

Foot and ankle surgeons have pioneered breakthroughs in treatment and surgical techniques that have helped millions of patients. Podiatrists are experts in chronic conditions, such as diabetes, infections, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis, which affect the lower extremities.

How Do I Know I Need to See a Podiatrist?

Anytime you have foot or ankle discomfort, changes in the appearance of your feet, abnormal growth, an injury, or a medical condition that affects your feet or your ability to function. Symptoms may be obvious, but at other times may be less clear. If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is time to see a podiatrist.

  • Injury (a sprain, broken bone, etc.)
  • A medical condition (diabetes, poor circulation, etc.) that can affect the feet
  • Impaired ability to function in certain activities
  • Heel pain in the morning
  • Any pain in feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Discomfort after standing for awhile
  • Changes in the appearance of your foot or ankle

Feet First Foot Care LLC - What Sets Us Apart?

  • PinPointe Laser
  • Digital X-Ray
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Patient Portal for Convenient At-Home Access to Your Medical Records
  • Online Appointment Requests
  • Emergencies Will Always Be Seen the Same Day

To schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.


At Feet First Foot Care, we want to encourage all of our Middlesex County patients to be informed about foot health when it comes to their children. As the weather gets warmer, kids may be enrolling in spring sports or spending more time outside. The signs and symptoms of foot problems can be subtle. Children, especially young children, are not always able to articulate discomfort. Foot pain that your child may be experiencing should be evaluated as soon as possible by a certified podiatrist.

Common Signs A Child Is in Pain

  • Your child cannot keep up with their peers
  • Children voluntarily withdraw from activities they usually enjoy
  • They do not want to show you their feet
  • The child complains of pain

Signs Your Child May Have a Foot Problem

  • Pain, swelling, and redness that does not subside
  • Development of thick calluses in one area of the foot
  • Problems with the way your child walks
  • Shins that appear to turn inward
  • Ankles that appear weak or easily give out

Foot Problems Commonly Experienced by Children

Most children with flat feet have no symptoms. However, if children lag in sports or backyard play, it may be because their feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet. Some children may complain of pain or cramping in their feet, legs, or knees. You should have a professional evaluate any pain that a child may be feeling as soon as possible.

  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)

When there is repetitive stress on the growth plate, painful inflammation can develop. This disease typically affects children between ages eight and fourteen because the heel bone has not fully developed until at least age fourteen.

When children have these symptoms, parents may think they are experiencing temporary "growing pains" without realizing it could be a foot-related problem. You should have a child with any of these signs or symptoms examined promptly. Call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our trusted podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, for proper diagnosis and treatment.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 08, 2022
Category: nutrition

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, each year during March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month invites everyone to learn about making informed food choices and provides the basics for developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Having a balanced eating pattern is important since no single food or food group provides all the nutrients needed for good health. A healthy lifestyle benefits your mind and body, but did you know it helps your feet too?

One of the most common causes of heel pain is inflammation. The resulting condition, plantar fasciitis, in combination with other inflammatory conditions like arthritis and painful arches, is aggravated by eating certain foods such as:

  • Foods made with white flour like desserts, snacks, and pasta
  • Certain vegetable oils, including corn, soybean, and sunflower oils
  • Foods high in trans-fats and sugar
  • Animal protein sources that are high in saturated fats, such as red meat

Opt for a Healthy Diet to Benefit Foot Health

Celebrate National Nutrition Month throughout the year with these easy additions:

  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods
  • Create tasty foods at home
  • Try different fruits and vegetables depending on what time of year it is
  • Choose ingredients with different textures and colors for a variety

Make Physical Activity Part of Your Day

While exercise may sound intimidating to some people, it doesn’t have to be! Any type and amount of activity are better than none. To “move more and sit less,” it’s helpful to find activities that you find enjoyable. The recommendation for adults is 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.

Try these tips to get started:

  • Plan ways to gradually increase your physical activity. It could involve setting reminders to move more throughout the day or scheduling times to be active during the week.
  • Think about the best time for physical activity. Some people prefer to be active in the morning, whereas others dedicate time midday or after school or work.
  • Decide how you want to be active. Walking is convenient for many people. However, others may choose to participate in specific exercise programs.

If you experience any foot or ankle pain, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule a comprehensive foot examination with our trusted podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mukinskas, or visit our website for more information.


Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis, also known as “overuse” disorders, are usually caused by an increase of repetitive activity that involves the Achilles tendon. The structure of the tendon fibers has been altered, resulting in ongoing pain. Repetitive motion puts excess strain on the tendon, and due to this constant stress, the body is unable to repair the injured tissue as it usually would. 

 

Although this can happen to anyone at any age, athletes are at high risk for developing Achilles tendon disorders. Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis are common in individuals whose work puts stress on their ankles and feet. In addition, people that also suffer from flat feet tend to develop Achilles tendonitis and tendinosis. It is due to the greater demands placed on the tendon when walking.

 

What is the Achilles Tendon?

 

The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Sometimes also referred to as the heel cord, the Achilles tendon facilitates walking by helping to raise the heel off the ground. 

 

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

 

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This inflammation is typically short-lived. Over time, if not resolved, the condition can progress and degenerate the tendon (when the tendon loses its structure) is more likely to develop microscopic tears. Chronic degeneration with or without pain may result in rupture of the tendon in more rare cases.

 

Signs and Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Disorder:

 

  • Pain, aching, stiffness, soreness, or tenderness within the tendon
  • Tenderness or intense pain when pressing the sides of the tendon
  • A popping or snapping sensation
  • Swelling on the back of the leg between the heel and the calf
  • Difficulty and pain when walking uphill or up stairs

The symptoms listed above require medical attention to prevent further damage.

 

Until the patient can see a doctor, we recommend the R-I-C-E method, which involves:  

 

Rest: Stay off the injured foot and ankle since walking can cause pain or further damage.

Ice:  Apply a bag of ice covered with a thin towel to reduce swelling and pain. 

Compression: Wrap the foot and ankle in an elastic bandage to prevent further swelling.

Elevation: Keep the leg elevated to reduce swelling. 

 

 At Feet First Foot Care LLC, our leading podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas has experience treating this condition. To schedule an appointment, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information. 




 








 

 

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