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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 14, 2018
Category: senior foot care

It seems like with today’s busy lifestyles, aging does not always lead to senior citizens slowing down. In fact, many are staying active well into the “golden years.” One of the most important things to maintain an active lifestyle is to also maintain foot health.

How does aging affect feet?

As we age, our feet change in many ways. Below are some of the many things you might experience

  • Arthritis. Nonstop business and the wear and tear of life take a toll on the joints in your feet, which can cause them to stiffen and become painful!
  • Balance issues. Peripheral neuropathy can creep up and cause loss of sensation, weakness, and coordination issues. Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of neuropathy, and diabetic risks increase with age.
  • Foot and ankle swelling. Swelling is common with seniors and can come from hormonal shifts, cardiovascular disease, vein issues, or medications.
  • Skin Issues. Lesions and other skin abnormalities are more likely to pop up as you age. Many growths or abnormalities are benign, but cancerous melanomas may also develop. Any new skin lesion or growth should be checked by a podiatrist. Older skin is also prone to drying, which can cause cracked heels, corns, and calluses.
  • Toenail changes. Toenails often become thickened and more brittle with age, which can make them difficult to trim. To prevent ingrown toenails, always ensure that you trim them straight across.

Best practices for aging feet

Here are some tips to keep your feet spry and healthy:

  • Wash them daily in warm water with soap and dry them thoroughly, paying attention to between the toes. Afterwards, apply a soothing moisturizing cream.
  • Do daily foot checks. This is especially important if you have diabetes. Check between the toes, and use a mirror to check the soles. If you notice cuts, abrasions, blisters, or new growths, call us.
  • Keep up with an aerobic exercise program to keep your blood flowing nicely. Check in with your doctor to ensure healthy and safe exercise.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide stable support and have good padding and extra room for your toes.

One of the best things you can do for your feet is to keep up with regular podiatry visits. If you’ve got questions about your feet as you age, we’re here for you at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC. Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up-to-date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 12, 2018
Category: foot facts

Feet are so cool! Obviously, we believe that here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists. We talk about feet nonstop! Mostly though, we talk to our patients about how to prevent and treat the foot woes that they are currently dealing with. Today, we thought we’d share some lesser-discussed foot facts with you. Here are four fun things about feet that you might not have known:

  1. Each of your feet has over 250,000 sweat glands that produce sweat! Collectively, that means our feet can produce up to a half of a pint of sweat each day. That might seem gross to you, but it’s fascinating to us! It’s also a great reason to bring a pair of socks to change into in the middle of the day. Just think of that next time you’re thinking about walking barefoot on a gym locker-room floor!
  2. Standing for an hour can actually make your feet feel more tired than if you were walking for the same amount of time! This is because standing uses just a few muscles, which means that the muscles being used are being used in an extra concentrated manner. They are working hard to compensate and balance your weight. This can be exacerbated by improper footwear or any pre-existing foot condition.
  3. Everyone suffers from foot issues! Up to 5% of Americans have developed corns, calluses, fungal infections, or ingrown toenails. These are all issues that your podiatrist is trained and equipped to help you handle if you’re dealing with any of them.
  4. Some people are born with flat feet. We know that our feet sometimes lose arches over time as we age or if we put on too many pounds, but some people are naturally born without that arch. If you notice this issue in your child, it can often be corrected using custom orthotics.

Like I said, we love feet! If you have any foot issues you need to talk about, Dr. Adam Mucinskas here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists is here to help. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 31, 2018
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: calluses   othotics  

Calluses happen when there is constant pressure being applied to a localized area of the foot. This action produces dense layers of dead skin that form this condition. They can occur when shoes are too tight because the shoe tends to rub against the skin of the foot in a forceful manner. It’s also important to understand that the hardening of the skin is in response to the friction to protect it. Although there is a good purpose behind their creation, they can, however, get painful. If the skin of the callus begins to break down, infections can occur through that opening and will have an optimal place with which to thrive due to the dark and moist conditions inside shoes. Other factors that can lead to the formation of calluses are deformities, wearing high-heeled shoes and using socks that do not fit correctly.

Treatment for calluses involves:

  • Shaving down layers of dead skin by a medical professional so as to avoid any complications such as a bacterial or fungal infection.
  • Utilizing salicylic acid to chemically burn off layers of dead skin without having to use a sharp instrument to cut them off.
  • Orthotics are helpful for reducing pressure.
  • Antibiotics to kill off infections.
  • Surgical procedures may also be helpful if the above methods are not successful. This can be accomplished via correcting areas where bones are protruding or fixing other deformities.

Calluses can be hard to get rid of if they are allowed to develop into thick layers of dead skin. Once that dense area becomes infected, it can be difficult to treat. Therefore, please contact us when you start to notice their formation so that we can treat them before they become painful. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT, podiatrist Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M. can assist you with eliminating your calluses. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (860) 632-5499. Our Patient Education section is another resource you can look into to learn more about this and many other feet and ankle conditions!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 20, 2017
Category: foot surgery

Foot reconstruction is an important and necessary procedure once the foot has become nonresponsive to conservative forms of treatment in certain situations. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to develop the best reconstruction treatment plan for your feet at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Call our offices at (860) 632-5499 and review the Patient Education library on our website for more substantive information about this procedure.  

Foot reconstruction surgery is a huge procedure and is therefore undertaken as a last option. When foot deformities produce discomfort, and have you struggling when walking, other complications such as corns, calluses or other wounds may result. Significant deformities are usually caused by flatfeet, high arches, arthritis or severe traumatic events.

Conservative treatment for many foot conditions includes orthotics, wearing proper shoes and using other foot support devices. Reconstructive surgery, if elected, will involve moving bones into optimal locations, lengthening or relocating tendons and the fusing of bones. Complications that may eventually lead to this procedure are:

  • Bunions.
  • Pediatric defects.
  • Flat feet.
  • Foot fractures.
  • Injuries sustained during high intensity activities.
  • Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.
  • Heel Spurs.
  • Infections.

This procedure’s main goals are to reduce severe pain and to once again reestablish a normal foot function. The type of reconstruction surgery to be utilized is determined by age, the specific complication and the advancement of symptoms. For example, a form of surgical reconstruction involves cutting the heel bone to reposition it in the best location via a screw mechanism. This type of surgery can help to place the heel bone in the best position to support the arch. Metal plates may also be used to increase the arch. Due to the seriousness and the many positive benefits that foot reconstruction surgery can have on your feet, please contact our offices to receive a comprehensive consultation and a potential reconstruction treatment plan. We can help restore your normal foot functions and get your feet back on the road to being the way they once were!

 

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 15, 2017
Tags: calluses   orthotic inserts  

Calluses form in respond to repeated pressures being placed upon the skin of the foot. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., will help to reduce your calluses with precision and care at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC located in Cromwell, CT. Be sure to give us a call at our offices at (860) 632-5499 and visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about what you can do to prevent calluses from forming.  

Calluses develop as portions of thickened skin on the feet caused by friction. Their purpose is to act as protective mechanisms of the skin so that it is a barrier to deeper injuries. This condition is usually found on the sole of the foot or on the heel because they are the areas of the foot that endure most of the pressure produced from walking or running. Those who do not wear shoes when required can cause this condition to form on the bottom of the foot. Calluses can also form when there is an abnormality in foot wear that causes brushing against the skin of the foot, when the toe box of the shoe is small or when females wear high-heeled shoes. To avoid this from happening, shoes with wide toe boxes, greater deepness, and lower heels (where applicable) should be worn.

Other options include trimming the excess skin if there is no infection present, use of orthotic inserts to counteract any deformity in the foot leading to the development of this condition and surgery if there needs to be a realignment of the bone to prevent ongoing friction from occurring on specific areas of the foot. If there are other complications that form as a result of calluses, ongoing inflammation or fever, antibiotics will have to be utilized.

Due to the potential pain and complications that calluses can cause, please contact our offices to receive an accurate consultation. We'll develop a treatment plan that can relieve your feet from the pain and discomfort of calluses.

 



 








 

 

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