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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 29, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Just to be clear, when we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists say, “examine your feet,” we’re not talking about conducting a physical examination with the aim of diagnosing foot pain or other unusual symptoms. It is, of course, the job of our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. What we mean is regularly inspecting your feet for changes or signs that may indicate a developing podiatric problem.

Many toes, foot, and ankle disorders may first manifest with small, subtle signs that, if detected in these early stages, can help you prevent or significantly decrease the severity of a foot problem. For example, patients with diabetes may first notice a loss of sensation or strange tingling or burning in their feet. A progressive condition like a bunion or hammertoe doesn’t suddenly develop overnight. Getting in the habit of regularly inspecting your feet will help you become familiar with what your feet “normally” look like and make it easy to spot any changes. Below are some areas to focus on:

  • Appearance—stand with your feet together and look down at them. Does one foot look more swollen than the other? Do you notice any toes that appear to be moving out of alignment or bending abnormally? Now sit down and look at your feet up close. Do you see any bumps, lumps, or growths? What about unexplained bruises or sores?
  • Skin—the skin on your feet may be trying to tell you something. A bluish tinge, for example, may indicate a circulation problem. Any discoloration or rashes should be monitored. Freckles or moles should be watched for changes in size, shape, color, and borders. These can be signs of skin cancer, which can occur on your feet just like other parts of your body. Be vigilant about moisturizing dry, flaky skin to prevent cracks from developing, which can bleed and provide an entry point for a bacterial infection.
  • Nails—toenails that are discolored, crumbling, or thickening may have a fungal infection. A toenail that turns black may indicate repetitive stress from a sport or shoes that are too small.

If you spot any changes in your toes or feet or start to experience any pain, burning, or numbness anywhere in your feet, it's important that you contact our Cromwell office call 860-632-5499 promptly for evaluation and treatment if necessary.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 22, 2021
Category: senior foot care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know feet have unique needs at every stage of life. We’re committed to helping our Middlesex County patients be proactive in taking care of their feet at every age. We’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to aid in good foot health for our senior patients. 

Don’t: put off getting foot pain evaluated. It’s not normal for your feet to hurt if you’re a senior citizen! At any age, pain is your body’s way of saying, “there’s a problem.” The sooner you seek treatment for foot and ankle discomfort, the better the chances our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will be able to treat your condition with conservative measures and successful results.

Do: perform your foot self-exams between podiatric checkups. Being familiar with your feet will make it much easier to spot abnormalities like changes in shape or size, growths, bruises, toes that appear to be moving out of place, and skin or nail discolorations that can all be the early signs of a foot problem. If you are concerned about anything you find, contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling 860-632-5499.

Do: check your shoes for signs of wear. Shoes that are stretched out or have worn down soles or heels are not only likely to result in foot pain.  They may also cause a fall. When buying new shoes, get your feet measured professionally. It’s not unusual for foot size to increase as you age.

Don’t: neglect other medical appointments. Taking care of your eyes, heart, bones, and other parts of your body will also benefit your feet. Many systemic medical conditions can harm your feet if not managed, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Do: exercise regularly. It will have several benefits for your feet, including helping your stay at an appropriate weight, improving circulation, and maintaining flexibility.

Do: keep feet clean and dry. A simple hygiene routine can go a long way in helping prevent fungal and other foot infections.

If you have additional questions about how to best care for your feet, don’t hesitate to contact us today 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 06, 2021
Category: Foot Care

A New Year brings resolutions for self-improvement. At Feet First Foot Care, we’d like our Middlesex County patients to consider some positive enhancements to their podiatric health. Simple changes that are easy to implement can make a big difference in the overall health and condition of your feet.

Here are five steps to take for healthier feet and ankles in 2021:

  1. Keep an Eye on Your Feet—regularly inspecting your feet will help you quickly spot changes that may signal a developing problem. Thickening or discolored toenails, for example, can indicate a fungal infection; red, itchy, peeling skin is a sign of athlete’s foot, etc. Look for growths, bruises, wounds that appear slow to heal, and toe joints moving out of position. Report anything concerning to our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.

  2. Limit Bare Foot Time—with many people working and schooling from home, it’s easy to get in the habit of not wearing shoes. However, this flattens the arch of your foot, which puts pressure on the plantar fascia that can result in heel pain. Put shoes on each morning whether you’re going out or not.

  3. Swear Off Bathroom “Surgery”—trying to remove an ingrown toenail or get rid of a wart with home remedies, and sharp implements usually end in a worse injury and/or infection. Leave podiatric care to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.

  4. Wear the Right Shoe for Your Athletic Activities—don’t take long walks in fashion boots or use your regular summer sneakers for hiking. Sports and fitness shoes are specifically designed for your feet and ankle movement by the activity. If you have weak ankles, consider high top styles for extra support. Your fitness footwear has a lifespan limit (300-500 miles for walking/running shoes). Regularly check and replace footwear for wear.

  5. Don’t Ignore Foot Pain—perhaps one of the most important resolutions you can make for your feet this year is not to put off getting foot pain or discomfort evaluated. Most conditions are more quickly and less invasively treated if caught in their early stages. Contact us whenever you are experiencing ongoing foot pain.



 








 

 

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