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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 26, 2019
Category: shoes

It’s summertime and you slip on your favorite pair of sandals and look in the mirror. What you see isn’t pretty. Unfortunately, open summer styles make it difficult to escape certain foot disorders that have unsightly symptoms. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to encourage patients to make an appointment to come see us if you notice unusual symptoms in your feet.

Below are some common podiatric disorders you may be seeing:

Haglund’s Deformity—more commonly known as “pump bump,” this painful bony enlargement at the back of the heel may be more visible but less painful at this time of year if you switch to open back shoes. That’s because stiff-backed shoes like pumps and other dress shoes, certain boots and even ice skates can aggravate the bony enlargement, causing inflammation and pain.

Bunions—a large bump at the base of the big toe is the telltale sign of a bunion. A bunion occurs when the big toe begins to drift toward the second toe. Although a defect in foot structure is the root cause of a bunion, wearing shoes that squeeze the toes together or high heels which force feet forward can exacerbate a bunion and cause it to worsen. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your toe and foot and most likely order x-rays to get a complete picture of the condition of the toe joint. Treatment will depend on the severity of the bunion.

Fungal Toenails—do you have one or more toenails that appear thickened and discolored? This can be the sign of a fungal nail infection. In some cases, the nail may also be crumbling or peeling at the edges. Since fungal nails are often not painful, patients tend to put off seeking treatment for them, especially if they’re under wraps in socks and closed shoe styles. There are a few treatment options for fungal nails, but they can take quite a while to be fully eradicated.

If your summer shoes are revealing foot disorders with unattractive symptoms, don’t wait any longer. Contact our Cromwell office and get your foot issue taken care of.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 05, 2019
Category: foot deformities

Are you wondering if you’re at risk of developing bunions? Looking at the statistics, recent studies have shown that nearly 23% of people ranging from 18 to 65 years of age have developed bunions. When you look at populations 65 and older, that percentage jumps to nearly 35%.

While bunions are sometimes perceived as an inevitable condition pertaining to growing older, similarly to how arthritis is sometimes perceived, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Avoiding the development of bunions as we grow older can become a difficult task, but considering bunions are a bone deformity, they are anything but natural or inevitable. Among the statistics previously mentioned, a good portion of those individuals affected by bunion development has inherited their vulnerability to this deformity through their relatives. This means that someone whose grandmother and mother have both developed bunions is much more prone to developing bunions themselves. It ‘runs in the family,’ so to speak!

What can cause bunions to develop?

Shoes - when you wear unsupportive shoes, shoes that are too tight, or shoes that put immense pressure on your toes (i.e., high heels), this can trigger the development of a bunion deformity.

Genetics - look at the toes in your family! If two or more family members have bunions, it’s possible that bunion development could be hereditary.

Arthritis - folks with arthritis often develop issues in their extremities first. This includes our toes which can develop bunions due to the onset of arthritis.

Bunions can be caused by several different factors, but they all lead to the same result: a bony growth on the outer edge of your big toe that pushes the toe inward, causing pain and tenderness. Once bunions have become noticeable or painful, there isn’t much you can do to reverse the deformity besides surgical intervention. While surgery isn’t always necessary, there are ways to help it feel better and prevent it from worsening! This is where Dr. Adam Mucinskas comes in at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC. Call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment.



 








 

 

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