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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know it’s the time of year when ghosts and goblins appear, and scary images abound for Halloween. However, when it comes to caring for your feet, fear shouldn’t be a factor. With podiatric issues, the trick is not waiting to seek evaluation and treatment. If you see something unusual happening to your feet or you experience any pain or discomfort, it’s essential you contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment.

Below are some conditions with names that might sound scary but can easily be treated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas:

Xerosis—is not uncommon as we get into the colder weather months we see patients with this condition, which is very dry skin. The heat in our homes, cars, and offices dries the skin. Frequent hot showers and the type of soap you use can also play a role. Most of the time, the diligent application of a rich moisturizer to the feet several times a day will take care of xerosis. Less frequently, however, intensely dry skin can be a sign of another problem such as diabetes. For this reason, it’s best to let the foot doctor take a look.

Onychomycosis—yikes! You might be concerned if the foot doctor delivered this diagnosis. That is until you learn this is the medical term for toenail fungus. Although this condition may be stubborn and take some time to clear up, it is rarely a serious problem if treated promptly. The podiatrist will determine the best way to deal with your fungal infection and may use topical or oral medications or a procedure known as debridement, which removes the infected area of the nail.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome—many of our Middlesex County patients have started running or walking to stay in shape safely during the pandemic. And this means an increase in the number of cases of this condition—more commonly known as shin splints—that we expect to see in our office. Pain on the sides of your shin bones, which may be accompanied by swelling and tenderness, can be caused by arch problems, a muscle imbalance, or even improper footwear.

No foot condition is too scary for us! If you have a foot or ankle problem, contact us today.

By Dr. Mucinskas
January 21, 2013
Category: Toenail Fungus
Tags: Laser   Toenail Fungus   Onychomycosis  

 

We are pleased to announce that as of the end of 2012 the PinPointe Foot Laser has been made available to our Patients for the treatment of toenail fungus (onychomycosis).  This is a simple, pain free method of treating the infection that causes the unsightly yellowing and thickening of the toenails.  Prior to the laser the two main treatments for toenail fungus were topical medications which have few side effects but poor results, or pills which had good results but a poor side effect profile.  Unlike harsh oral medications there are no side effects from the laser and no danger of damaging your liver while providing a similar cure rate.  Our Laser FAQ sheet is provided below to answer your questions.  To learn more please feel free to call our office or schedule your free Laser Consultation!

FAQs:

Q: How does the PinPointe Foot Laser work?

A: PinPointe Foot Laser uses laser light to target the fungus that lives in and under the nail. As the laser passes through the nail, the fungus is heated, without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. Although the infection is treated, the nail will not become instantly clear. Improvement in the nail appearance is seen as the nail grows out in about 4-6 months.

Q: What can I expect before the treatment?

A: Your doctor will bring you in for a consultation to explain the PinPointe procedure, patient expectations, pre- and post- treatment protocol and any follow-up visits that may be required.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Most patients experience no pain or discomfort during the PinPointe treatment. Some patients may feel a warming sensation and an isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.

Q: Is there a recovery period?

A: No. The PinPointe treatment is a quick outpatient procedure. You can return to your normal activities immediately.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: The PinPointe procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to treat all ten toes.

Q: Will the fungus grow back?

A: PinPointe treatment results are temporary and due to the contagious nature of nail fungus, reinfection is possible. Your doctor will recommend post treatment care to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.

Q: When is it safe to paint my nails following treatment?

A: You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important that you remove all nail polish the day before your PinPointe treatment.

Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance?

A: This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. Many offices accept HSA, Medical IRA, or Flexible Spending Account to cover the cost of the procedure.

Q: How long has the PinPointe Foot Laser been in use?

A: Clinical studies for the treatment of onychomycosis with PinPointe began in November 2007.

Q: Is the PinPointe Foot Laser FDA cleared?

A: Yes. In fact, PinPointe was the first laser device to receive FDA clearance for the temporary improvement in clear nail growth.



 








 

 

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