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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 09, 2022
Category: Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which your body does not make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Insulin is a hormone that removes sugar (glucose) from your blood when your blood sugar is too high. Diabetes is the seventh cause of death in the United States, while the rest of the world has a much higher mortality rate. This is especially true in middle- to low-income countries, as these countries are often unable to access proper treatment for this condition. About 90-95 percent of people in the United States with diabetes have Type 2, while about 5 percent have Type 1, and the remainder has gestational diabetes. People with diabetes can still live well in spite of their condition! 

Lifestyle Changes for Diabetes

  1. Eat Slower.
  2. Pay Attention to Portion Sizes.
  3. Drink Plenty of Water Every day.
  4. Switch to Whole Grains.
  5. Avoid Smoking and/or Secondhand Smoke.
  6. Limit Alcohol Consumption.
  7. Plan Your Meals Ahead.
  8. Keep Track of Your Steps and Fitness Progress.
  9. Take Care of Your Feet.
  10.  Get A Full Night’s Sleep.

Recipes and Nutrition for Diabetes

It is not always easy to follow a rigid schedule. Especially when it comes to eating. But when it comes to managing your diabetes or prediabetes, following an eating plan is a powerful tool. Eating right does not have to be boring! Find a balance that works for you. These delicious recipes below may help:

Finding Support for Diabetes

Diabetes doesn’t have to be scary, and it doesn’t have to run or ruin your life. If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort in your lower extremities or think you could be at risk for diabetes, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499  to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas or visit our website for more information.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 29, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Just to be clear, when we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists say, “examine your feet,” we’re not talking about conducting a physical examination with the aim of diagnosing foot pain or other unusual symptoms. It is, of course, the job of our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. What we mean is regularly inspecting your feet for changes or signs that may indicate a developing podiatric problem.

Many toes, foot, and ankle disorders may first manifest with small, subtle signs that, if detected in these early stages, can help you prevent or significantly decrease the severity of a foot problem. For example, patients with diabetes may first notice a loss of sensation or strange tingling or burning in their feet. A progressive condition like a bunion or hammertoe doesn’t suddenly develop overnight. Getting in the habit of regularly inspecting your feet will help you become familiar with what your feet “normally” look like and make it easy to spot any changes. Below are some areas to focus on:

  • Appearance—stand with your feet together and look down at them. Does one foot look more swollen than the other? Do you notice any toes that appear to be moving out of alignment or bending abnormally? Now sit down and look at your feet up close. Do you see any bumps, lumps, or growths? What about unexplained bruises or sores?
  • Skin—the skin on your feet may be trying to tell you something. A bluish tinge, for example, may indicate a circulation problem. Any discoloration or rashes should be monitored. Freckles or moles should be watched for changes in size, shape, color, and borders. These can be signs of skin cancer, which can occur on your feet just like other parts of your body. Be vigilant about moisturizing dry, flaky skin to prevent cracks from developing, which can bleed and provide an entry point for a bacterial infection.
  • Nails—toenails that are discolored, crumbling, or thickening may have a fungal infection. A toenail that turns black may indicate repetitive stress from a sport or shoes that are too small.

If you spot any changes in your toes or feet or start to experience any pain, burning, or numbness anywhere in your feet, it's important that you contact our Cromwell office call 860-632-5499 promptly for evaluation and treatment if necessary.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 19, 2019
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

Did you know that over 30 million Americans have diabetes and that, of that number, over 7 million don’t even know it yet? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our patients to be informed about this disease which can have devastating effects on your feet.

Here are some facts about diabetes and your feet that everyone should know:

FACT: Neuropathy and decreased circulation are two conditions commonly associated with diabetes. They spell havoc for your feet because the neuropathy (or nerve damage) can make it difficult to detect an injury or other condition that’s hurting your foot. Also, poor circulation can slow the healing process. This is why patients with diabetes are more prone to ulcers and wounds that lead to infections and, in the worst-case scenario, amputation.

FACT: Some early signs of diabetes may include: numbness in your toes or feet, changes in the color of your skin, wounds that seem slow to heal, leg pain, calluses or corns that are bleeding and cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.

FACT: Frequent self-examination of your feet can reveal the symptoms of diabetes and other foot problems in their earliest stages. If you suspect any problems, it’s important that you contact our Cromwell office for an appointment with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas to have your symptoms checked out.

FACT: If you are diagnosed with diabetes, the podiatrist will become a member of your care team and work to help keep your feet healthy and prevent serious diabetic complications.

FACT: There are many ways to help keep diabetes under control and live a normal and active life. Some of these include:

  • Losing weight if you are obese or maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Quitting smoking

If you believe you are experiencing any possible diabetes symptoms or have questions about your level of risk for developing this disease, don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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