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Cromwell, CT 06416

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Did you know your feet can reveal disorders in other parts of your body? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to alert our Middlesex County patients to listen to what their feet may be trying to say. Usually, patients pay attention to uncomfortable symptoms in their feet, such as pain or stiffness. However, minor symptoms, particularly those that don't cause any serious disability, may be ignored for a long time. It is a mistake. Minor symptoms, if they are persistent, may be a sign of a more significant health problem.

Suppose you've noticed any of the conditions below, or any other unusual changes, it's important you promptly bring them to your podiatrist's attention:

  • Yellow or White Toenails—changes in nail color are easy to ignore, especially during the winter months when feet are covered most of the time. Although the most common cause of yellowing toenails is a fungal infection, there are other more serious potential reasons for the change. These include lung problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and lymphedema. Entirely white toenails may be a sign of congestive heart failure, liver, or kidney disease.
  • Clubbed Toes—this atypical toe shape can be just an inherited trait not linked to any other condition. It can, however, also indicate several serious disorders. The most common is a lung disease, and other possibilities are an infection, heart disease, liver problem, or a digestive disorder.
  • Numbness—you might be tempted to chalk up loss of feeling, pins, needles, burning, and other strange sensations in your feet to them "falling asleep," but if this happens consistently, it's more likely pointing to nerve damage. It can be an indicator of diabetes or a circulation problem.
  • Dragging Your Feet—if you find you are occasionally dragging one foot or notice that your gait has become wider or different in some other way, it may be the first sign of neuropathy. Neuropathy can be caused by diabetesalcoholism, infection, or even a vitamin deficiency. In some instances, changes in the way you walk may also be the sign of a systemic disease that causes a brain/body disconnect, such as Parkinson's Disease.

Don’t let minor symptoms go unchecked. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to make an appointment for an examination with Dr. Adam Mucinskas.




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