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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 20, 2022
Category: fall prevention

Welcome Autumn! For many, autumn is the time of the year to get back into routines, set goals for the end of the year, and spend as much of the remaining beautiful days outdoors. In alignment with the first day of autumn on September 22nd, is Falls Prevention Week falling on September 18th-24th. Falls Prevention week is a nationwide campaign with efforts to raise awareness about fall prevention for the elderly. Falls present a growing risk to older adults’ health and independence. Many falls can be prevented, and professionals working in fall prevention are making headway in pinpointing and implementing measures that work. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know fall prevention begins with healthy feet, and who better to support you and your feet than a podiatrist. 

Falls among older adults are common: 

  • Millions of people aged 65 and older fall each year—1 out of 3 in this age range.
  • Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults, causing severe injuries, such as hip fractures, head trauma, and death.
  • Every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall. In 2013, about 25,500 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries, 2.5 million were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal falls, and more than 734,000 were hospitalized. 

Fall Prevention Begins with Healthy Feet

  • Improve your balance by wearing foot braces or custom orthotics.
  • Wear shoes that keep you safe and offer you the support you need.
  • Build and maintain strength in your feet.

Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back from Living the Life You Want to Have

  • Remove hazards from your homeLike, throw rugs, boxes, or cords. Anything that may be in the way of daily walking around your home.
  • A cane or walker can help assist you with balance. Remember to use your cane on your stronger side and to bring it with you when you leave your home!
  • Have a vision and hearing check-up. Problems with vision or hearing can lead to falls. Get your eyes checked at least once a year and your ears checked every other year.
  • Have a podiatry check-up. Problems with your feet can also lead to falls. Visit your podiatrist at least once a year for a check-up and even more often if you have an underlying condition or have been experiencing discomfort in your feet and ankles. To schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 13, 2022
Category: orthotics

A survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association determined that more than three-quarters of Americans suffer from foot pain. About 83 percent of those surveyed said their chronic symptoms limited their activities, including their ability to work, walk, and exercise. If the patients surveyed could eliminate their foot pain and discomfort, 45 percent said they would increase their activity levels. It is where custom orthotics come in! Custom orthotics are prescription inserts that provide comfort and support. 

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we offer custom orthotics to all our patients to treat a wide range of foot conditions. If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic foot pain, contact our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860-)632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas

A thorough examination will be conducted, and you may be asked a series of questions. It will help our podiatrist better understand your condition. From there, precise measurements of your feet and gait will be taken (how you walk). Your custom measurements will be sent to a lab where your orthotics will be made uniquely for you! Customized or prefabricated orthotics have improved pain and function within 1 to 3 months with little to no risk.

Foot Conditions Custom Orthotics Fix         

  1. Heel Spurs. Because they're made specifically for the patient, orthotics can be created to relieve pressure points on and around your heel while also providing ample support for the rest of the foot. Custom orthotics can be especially successful in reducing heel pain and related symptoms, like inflammation and irritation.
  2. Bunions. Orthotics help by supporting the foot and reducing excess pressure on the big toe joint. It can help reduce symptoms and slow the progression of bunion development.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis. Orthotics can help restore optimal mechanics to relieve stress on the plantar fascia and thus, with time, reduce irritation and pain.
  4. Diabetes. Diabetes is known to cause poor circulation and nerve damage known as neuropathy. In some cases, this can make your shoes feel extremely uncomfortable. Custom orthotics will help to eliminate pressure and provide support without damaging your feet further.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
July 19, 2021
Category: orthotics

Orthotics refer to any device inserted into a shoe. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients may have questions about this type of treatment option. Orthotics come in many shapes and sizes, made from a wide range of materials. Over-the-counter shoe inserts may be able to help relieve minor symptoms. Still, a custom orthotic prescribed by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will be created from a mold of your foot to custom fit your unique biomechanical structure and address the specific issues you have. Below are the basics about the three different types of orthotics and what foot problems they can help correct.

Rigid Orthotics

This type of orthotic is designed to control the function and abnormal motion of your feet. As their name implies, they are composed of a firm material such as carbon fiber or plastic. Rigid orthotics help eliminate or decrease pain and strain in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

This kind of insert aims to take pressure off a sore spot, absorb shock, and/or improve balance. Made of soft, cushiony materials, soft orthotics are effective for diabetesarthritis, and deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. They will also help give relief from secondary conditions such as corns and calluses.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics are prescribed to treat flat feet or to help children overcome in-toeing or out-toeing disorders. These orthotics can be used both for correcting foot problems and protecting vulnerable areas. They are typically constructed of layers of soft material and reinforced with more rigid materials. Athletes may also find this style helpful at reducing discomfort during intense training and competition.

To find out if a custom orthotic device may help relieve your foot pain and improve comfort when walking or running, contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange a consultation.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
November 10, 2020
Category: heel pain

Have you noticed pain in your heels that has been getting progressively worse over the last few months? Do you experience severe or stabbing pain when you first get out of bed? Do you see any swelling on the bottom of your heel? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be suffering from a complaint many Middlesex County patients bring to us at Feet First Foot Care Specialists: plantar fasciitis.

Why the Pain?

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that stretches along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. Initially, it may become irritated and then inflamed, causing both heel and arch pain. Most frequently, this condition’s cause is a defect in the structure of the foot, such as overly high arches or flat feet. But other factors can increase your risk for plantar fasciitis:

  • A job that requires standing for long hours
  • Wearing shoes with inadequate arch support
  • Working on hard, flat surfaces
  • Being overweight

What Can be Done?

If you are suffering from heel pain, don’t delay. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, diagnoses plantar fasciitis, several treatment options are available to help relieve pain and correct the problem. These include:

  • Icing—this can help relieve pain and inflammation. Use an ice pack for up to 20 minutes at a time. Wrap in a thin towel; do not apply ice directly to your skin.
  • Medications—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
  • Avoiding going barefoot—this puts a strain on the plantar fascia.
  • Footwear modifications—choosing styles that have good arch support and a slightly raised heel.
  • Custom orthotics
  • Stretching exercises—calf muscle stretches can help ease pain in some cases.
  • Night splint—keeps the plantar fascia stretched while you sleep, decreasing morning pain.
  • Removable walking cast
  • Physical therapy

If conservative measures are not successful, the foot doctor may recommend surgery. Non-invasive measures are always the first line of treatment, however. If you believe you may have plantar fasciitis, contact us at your earliest convenience for an evaluation.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 24, 2019
Category: foot health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we hope that you are planning to get away at some point this summer. Wherever your summer vacation destination is, there are some items you should take with you to ensure the health and safety of your feet. Below are our suggestions for what to pack:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes—even if your plan is to lie out on the beach all day, you’ll need to get to and from your vacation destination. Travel days tend to be tough on the feet as you rush to catch flights or haul luggage in and out of the car. Walking shoes that have good arch support and that you’ve worn many times already will also be helpful for sightseeing and shopping days.
  2. Moleskin—sweating creates friction and can increase the risk of developing blisters. A small piece of self-adhesive moleskin applied to a sore spot can stop a blister before it starts, and allow you to continue enjoying your vacation in comfort.
  3. Flip-flops—although not recommended for all-day use on your vacation, a pair of flip-flops or shower shoes are the best way to protect your feet from athlete’s foot and other fungal infections at the pool or in ocean or lakeside changing areas and restrooms.
  4. Orthotics—if our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas has prescribed a custom orthotic to correct a foot problem, don’t take a holiday from wearing it while you’re away. Leaving your orthotic at home may result in a painful vacation for your feet.
  5. Water bottle—excessive amounts of walking and warm, humid weather can lead to edema or swelling of the feet and ankles. Swelling can be very uncomfortable and also makes your shoes tighter, which means a greater likelihood of blisters. Drinking lots of water is one of the easiest ways to eliminate excess fluids from your body and it’s good for you too!

If despite all your best efforts you return from vacation with foot or ankle pain, a rash or other suspicious symptom, contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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