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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 23, 2022

We brush our teeth and hair and wash our face, but our feet are most often neglected for the foundation of our body. Even though our feet are usually hidden and enclosed in shoes, they play a vital role in our well-being. Maintaining a healthy diet and simple foot care routine can improve a person’s life by enabling them to continue functioning in a lively matter. Below you will find podiatrist-recommended foot care routines for each day and each week (when you have a little extra time). 

Daily Foot Care Routine

  • Wash Feet Thoroughly. Use warm water and soap. Enjoy this time and give yourself an added mini foot massage!
  • Exfoliate. It is an important step that is often left out. Exfoliating feet daily has the added benefits of softer, healthier feet. While also cleaning out clogged pores and reducing the risk of calluses and/or fungal infection. Try using a pumice stone or exfoliating cloth.
  • Dry Feet Thoroughly. It will ensure that all the moisture is removed from your feet. It is crucial for the next step.
  • Use Lotion. There are so many lotions on the market. Whatever you fancy, you can probably find it. Bonus: Give yourself an extra minute foot rub to make sure the lotion is well absorbed.

Weekly Foot Care Routine

Once a week, treat yourself to an at-home foot soak! Epsom salt is known to detoxify and soften the skin. The acid from the lemon juice helps to remove dead skin. Plus, it smells amazing!

Foot Soak Ingredients

1 Lemon (Juice and Peel)

2 tablespoons (White or Apple Cider) Vinegar

3 cups Epsom Salt

Foot Soak Instructions

  1. Add lemon juice, vinegar, and Epsom salt to a tub of warm water.
  2. Use the insides of the lemon to clean the feet.
  3. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Finish out with your daily foot care routine!

When To See a Podiatrist

If you or a loved one are experiencing discomfort or notice any physical changes in your lower extremities, it is best to contact a podiatrist for further support. Contact our Middlesex County office at (860)-632-5499  to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 16, 2022

Facing the many challenges of shopping with children can be unavoidable. At Feet First Foot Care, we want all our patients that are parents to feel good about the shoes their kids wear. But is it possible to also have the kids feel confident about the shoes? Of course, it is! Our specialists have curated a few, simple A+ tips for back-to-school shoe shopping. If you have any further questions or concerns, please call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Dr. Mucinskas is trained to find the best course of treatment for every individual

  • Examine Your Child’s Old Shoes. Are the insoles of their shoes evenly worn? If not, this could be an indication that your child needs a further examination from a podiatrist.
  • Plan To Go Shoe Shopping in The Afternoon or Early Evening. Feet are inevitably going to be the largest towards the end of the day. Having children try on their shoes at this crucial point in the day will ensure they are comfortable all day long.
  • Don’t Buy Shoes Without Having Your Child Try Them On. This step should not be skipped.
  • Always Buy New. Never Old. A shoe that fits one child comfortably, may not fit comfortably for another child.
  • Avoid Buying Shoes That Need to Be “Broken-In.” Footwear should be comfortable right away. Children outgrow shoes faster than adults. If your child complains about their shoes, try your best to resolve the issue.
  • Continuously Keep an Eye on Your Child’s Feet. Look for any signs of irritation throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, speak with your podiatrist.
  • Get Shoes for The Occasion. If your child enjoys the outdoors, buy shoes that support the terrain. If your child enjoys playing sports, buy athletic footwear.

Bonus Advice

  • Have your children try on their shoes in the socks they will be wearing every day.
  • Don’t pass down shoes to younger children unless the shoes are practically new. This will give each child an opportunity for optimal comfort. Sharing shoes also increases the risk of fungal infection.
  • Ask your children their opinion on the shoes. But take it with a grain of salt. Support and comfort > fashion / trends.
  • Spend more on quality, rather than quantity.
  • Not everyone’s feet are symmetrical. If you find one of your child’s feet is slightly bigger than the other, it is always best to air on the side of bigger shoes than risk irritation and discomfort.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 08, 2022
Category: Flat Feet

Summertime’s still fresh in the air and when the sun’s out, a walk to the beach is a favorite vacation activity. For some of us, walking for extended periods might be uncomfortable, but for others, it can be painful. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our patients well-informed about any existing conditions they have, or continuous foot or ankle pain they may be experiencing. Patients suffering from flat feet may not experience any pain at all, but prolonged strain can affect the knees and hips. Flat feet could also alter the alignment of your legs and cause further muscle pain. 

Causes

Flat feet are when the arches under your feet aren’t visible when you stand up. This is normal in infants whose arches develop later in childhood, but some adults retain flat feet. This can also happen due to years of wear and tear, where the tendons supporting the arch and running along the inside of your ankle fall over time, or if you have a family member that passed down the gene. There are several risks that could also contribute to the condition, which include:

Symptoms

One of the most common symptoms would be foot pain in the heel or arch where strained muscles and ligaments are affected. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain when walking or changes in your stance
  • Leg cramps
  • Stiffness in the calves, hip, or lower back

Treatment

Treatment isn’t a necessity if the condition isn’t causing significant problems, but there are several ways to ease the discomfort. Surgery is rarely needed to treat flat feet and most people don’t find the need to treat it at all, but for those who seek treatment, here are some options:

When to Call a Podiatrist

If you’re having trouble balancing, experiencing pain while walking or feel like your feet are stiff, it’s always best to consult a podiatrist. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is specially trained to diagnose and determine what the next best course of action would be. To schedule an appointment at our Middlesex County office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.


By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 03, 2022

From walking to running to driving, our lower extremities brace under a lot of pressure daily. Stretching the feet and ankles provide relief that reaches both physically and mentally. Some of the associated benefits of stretching include improved circulation, improved cardiovascular health, and even a boost in your overall mood. 

Your Feet in Motion

Stretching helps to keep our muscles and tendons flexible and healthy. Stretching also increases blood flow through the body. Having tense muscles and proceeding to complete a workout can have serious adverse effects on your health and can also lead to an increase in injuries. One of the most effective ways to get exercise is to walk. Walking is great for your feet and ankles because it provides a full range of motion by activating all the muscles in your foot. To gain the most from walking, it is important to listen to your feet. Shoes that don’t provide enough support, forgetting to stretch, and improper gait can lead to foot injuries.

Things To Keep in Mind

  • Relax and take your time when stretching.
  • Try to hold stretches for 30 seconds without moving.
  • If it hurts, stop! Pain means that you are pushing your muscles too far.
  • Take time for yourself each day. Whether this means taking a walk, stretching for 10 minutes in a quiet room, or having a five-minute meditation session.

How To Maintain a Routine

This may arguably be the most difficult part. Maintaining a routine can sound like such a drag. But maintaining a daily self-care routine doesn’t have to be. Check out this article from Healthline with 19 toe stretches to improve flexibility and mobility. Once you get in a routine of stretching your lower extremities, you will see increased strength and mobility!

When To Ask for Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your feet and ankles, or would simply like advice– contact our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas provides exceptional care to treat a wide-range of conditions.




 








 

 

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