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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 27, 2022
Category: arthritis

Each foot has 26 bones and 33 joints — together, the feet contain more than 25 percent of the bones in your entire body. The lower extremities support us each day in every activity. It is important to pay attention to any pain, swelling, stiffness, or burning in the feet. Arthritis can form anywhere in the feet, but the most common form is osteoarthritis. Getting arthritis can tremendously transform someone’s life, but luckily, through the years, foot care specialists have found ways to treat and prevent the wide range of symptoms that arise from arthritis. 

What Is Osteoarthritis?

Arthritis is a complex disease that encompasses over 100 different disorders. In general terms, arthritis is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints. This is generally accompanied by an increase of fluid in the joints. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the bones of your feet degrades over time. The cushioning between the bones disappears, and the bones painfully rub against each other. Osteoarthritis usually affects elderly men and women but is more common in women. 

What Causes Arthritis?

The different types of arthritis can be brought on due to:

  • Trauma—to the body or joints
  • Aging— the most common cause of osteoarthritis 
  • Genes—for some patients, arthritis may be hereditary.
  • Infections—viral or bacterial 
  • Occupation—certain work environments that require you to bend or be on your feet for long hours predispose patients to osteoarthritis.
  • Gender—women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis as they age.

Symptoms of Arthritis

The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis are:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Loss of flexibility or regular movement
  • Grating or rubbing sensation

Diagnosis for Arthritis

For an accurate diagnosis, a podiatrist physician will:

  • Review your complete health history, including your current symptoms 
  • Physically examine the movement of your joints
  • Conduct imaging and lab tests to evaluate joint fluid content

An arthritis diagnosis can be categorized into:

  • Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative arthritis, such as osteoarthritis
  • Metabolic arthritis, such as gout
  • Infectious arthritis, in the case of patients with Lyme disease

If you are experiencing discomfort in your feet or ankles, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas or visit our website for more information. 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 06, 2022
Category: Back Pain, Feet

Our bodies are like a chain with one link. Think about what would happen if the first link in the chain was out of position. The point at which it meets the next link would eventually overstress that link and adversely affect the entire chain. That old song, “The leg bones connected to the thigh bone. The thigh bones connected to the hip bone…,” tells the whole story. If you have been suffering from foot pain and discomfort for a long time, it could affect the rest of your body. If you are changing the way you walk to avoid foot discomfort, this could lead to back pain- and vice versa. 

The Connection Between the Lower Back and Foot

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that begins near the base of the spine, extending downward through the lower extremities, traveling through the hips, buttocks, and legs, before ending in the feet near the toes. If a nerve root in the lower back is irritated or compressed, it can cause pain to radiate along the sciatic nerve to the patient’s foot. The sciatic nerve is what sends the commands which allow for basic movements, such as walking and sitting. When this nerve becomes constricted, inflamed, or compressed in the lumbar spine, often due to degenerative spine conditions that develop in the lower back, the set of symptoms is known as “sciatica.”

Common Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Slower reflexes
  • Muscle spasms

Common Causes

Common Treatment Options

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, schedule an appointment at Feet First Foot Care Specialists. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is board-certified and treats a wide range of conditions. To schedule an appointment, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or visit our website.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 02, 2019
Category: arthritis

During the month of October, we recognize World Arthritis Day. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want patients to realize that arthritis isn’t inevitable and there are steps you can take to reduce symptoms.

There are several misconceptions patients have about arthritis. The first is that arthritis is a single disease. It is actually an umbrella term that includes more than 100 disorders that affect the joints. Another misconception is that arthritis is a natural part of getting older that just has to be accepted. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Although osteoarthritis, the most common type, occurs as joints and cartilage wear down, your lifestyle choices can play a key role in determining whether you develop arthritis and its severity. Some ways to reduce your risk and your symptoms include:

  • Eating a healthy diet. Being overweight dramatically increases your risk of developing arthritis, especially in your feet and ankles. There are 33 joints in your feet, and they carry the weight of your entire body. Excess weight means excess strain and pressure on those joints. You can also help your bones and joints by ensuring you get enough calcium and vitamin D and avoiding fried foods and those high in sugar as these are known to cause joint inflammation.
  • Stay active. Regular exercise, particularly weight-bearing activities like walking, increase joint strength and help you maintain flexibility and full range of motion. You’ll also burn calories which will help keep your weight in check.
  • Be safe. Arthritis often sets in at the site of an old injury. Don’t take unnecessary chances. Practice ladder safety, drive carefully and take precautions to avoid sports injuries to reduce your chances of developing arthritis as you age.

Take Early Action

Recognize the symptoms of arthritis:

  • Joint stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning
  • Pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Skin changes such as redness, warmth, rashes or growths

If experience any of these, don’t delay. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and ankles and determine the source of your joint discomfort. Treatment in the early stages of many types of arthritis can significantly slow its progression and increase your mobility.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 28, 2018

Arthritis of the foot or ankle is a seriously disrupting condition in terms of pain experienced and the reduced motion that results. This condition causes inflammation of the joints which leads to discomfort and rigidity and eventually makes it hard to walk or take part in routine activities.

There is no outright cure for this condition; however, there are various forms of treatment that can alleviate symptoms and slow down its progression. There are some common forms of this condition, which include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Post-traumatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear form of this condition and generally affects middle-aged individuals. Rheumatoid arthritis is a lingering form that reaches multiple joints and initiates in the foot and ankle. This type of arthritis generally affects the same joints in both feet. Post-traumatic arthritis occurs following trauma and is seen typically after dislocations or fractures. These conditions all cause cartilage of the joints to wear away.

Care for this condition includes:

  • Lowering high-intensity activities that can cause this condition to get worse.
  • Keeping weight down to alleviate pressure placed on the foot’s joints.
  • Physical therapy to keep the joints mobile.
  • Medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and alleviate discomfort.
  • Surgery may be required if the pain caused by this condition does not subside with conservative treatments. The type of surgical procedure performed will depend on the type of arthritis that has formed in the joints of the ankles and feet. If necessary, post-surgical pain can be controlled with pain medications.

Due to the long-lasting nature of this condition and the damage it can produce, care for this condition is crucial for maintaining a routine lifestyle. Therefore, please contact us for a consultation. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can provide your feet and ankles with the best possible chance of fighting through arthritic conditions. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499 and take a chance to review our Patient Education library for further information.

 

 

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has many years of experience with treating arthritic foot and ankle conditions at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our offices at (860) 632-5499 or visit the Patient Education section of our website to find out more about this condition.

Arthritis results in inflammation of joints and the adjacent tissues. The cartilage, which acts to cushion the joints, is lost and results in bones rubbing directly against each other. This rubbing of the bones causes severe pain and leads to a reduction in mobility and function as well as foot or ankle deformities. There are three types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis that occurs in the middle aged and gets worse over time), Rheumatoid Arthritis (where the immune system attacks itself, including joints) and Post-Traumatic Arthritis (develops after a severe injury to the foot or ankle and may progress after years after a severe injury). Symptoms of this condition vary by type, but generally include pain, stiffness, swelling and a reduction in mobility.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves either conservative or surgical methods. Anti-inflammatories are useful to reduce swelling. Medications are utilized to relieve pain and orthotics are helpful. Specially made shoes that have a comfortable fit allow for swollen feet to have more space to move. Other non-invasive treatments include padding, braces, physical therapy and weight loss to help reduce pressure on the injured joints. If the arthritic condition in the foot or ankle does not respond to the non-invasive methods previously discussed, surgical options will likely be needed for a fusion of the joints or joint replacement.

Since arthritic conditions in the feet and ankles can progress over time, they gradually get worse and bring severe pain and loss of mobility as the condition evolves. Don't wait until it’s too late to treat your foot or ankle arthritis - please contact our office today so that we can help to diagnose the extent of your arthritis and decide whether conservative or surgical treatments will be necessary to reduce your pain and increase mobility.

 



 








 

 

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