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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 09, 2022
Category: Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which your body does not make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Insulin is a hormone that removes sugar (glucose) from your blood when your blood sugar is too high. Diabetes is the seventh cause of death in the United States, while the rest of the world has a much higher mortality rate. This is especially true in middle- to low-income countries, as these countries are often unable to access proper treatment for this condition. About 90-95 percent of people in the United States with diabetes have Type 2, while about 5 percent have Type 1, and the remainder has gestational diabetes. People with diabetes can still live well in spite of their condition! 

Lifestyle Changes for Diabetes

  1. Eat Slower.
  2. Pay Attention to Portion Sizes.
  3. Drink Plenty of Water Every day.
  4. Switch to Whole Grains.
  5. Avoid Smoking and/or Secondhand Smoke.
  6. Limit Alcohol Consumption.
  7. Plan Your Meals Ahead.
  8. Keep Track of Your Steps and Fitness Progress.
  9. Take Care of Your Feet.
  10.  Get A Full Night’s Sleep.

Recipes and Nutrition for Diabetes

It is not always easy to follow a rigid schedule. Especially when it comes to eating. But when it comes to managing your diabetes or prediabetes, following an eating plan is a powerful tool. Eating right does not have to be boring! Find a balance that works for you. These delicious recipes below may help:

Finding Support for Diabetes

Diabetes doesn’t have to be scary, and it doesn’t have to run or ruin your life. If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort in your lower extremities or think you could be at risk for diabetes, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499  to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas or visit our website for more information.

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, LLC
August 08, 2022
Category: Flat Feet

Summertime’s still fresh in the air and when the sun’s out, a walk to the beach is a favorite vacation activity. For some of us, walking for extended periods might be uncomfortable, but for others, it can be painful. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our patients well-informed about any existing conditions they have, or continuous foot or ankle pain they may be experiencing. Patients suffering from flat feet may not experience any pain at all, but prolonged strain can affect the knees and hips. Flat feet could also alter the alignment of your legs and cause further muscle pain. 

Causes

Flat feet are when the arches under your feet aren’t visible when you stand up. This is normal in infants whose arches develop later in childhood, but some adults retain flat feet. This can also happen due to years of wear and tear, where the tendons supporting the arch and running along the inside of your ankle fall over time, or if you have a family member that passed down the gene. There are several risks that could also contribute to the condition, which include:

Symptoms

One of the most common symptoms would be foot pain in the heel or arch where strained muscles and ligaments are affected. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain when walking or changes in your stance
  • Leg cramps
  • Stiffness in the calves, hip, or lower back

Treatment

Treatment isn’t a necessity if the condition isn’t causing significant problems, but there are several ways to ease the discomfort. Surgery is rarely needed to treat flat feet and most people don’t find the need to treat it at all, but for those who seek treatment, here are some options:

When to Call a Podiatrist

If you’re having trouble balancing, experiencing pain while walking or feel like your feet are stiff, it’s always best to consult a podiatrist. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is specially trained to diagnose and determine what the next best course of action would be. To schedule an appointment at our Middlesex County office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
August 28, 2019
Category: circulation

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we find that many times patients don’t understand the ramifications of other medical conditions and lifestyle choices on the health of their feet. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition where some of the arteries in your legs become partially or fully blocked due to the accumulation of plaque or fatty deposits. This can have serious consequences for your lower extremities. Good circulation is necessary for healing wounds on your feet and maintaining overall good foot health.

Below are some facts about PAD that you should know:

FACT: One in five people over the age of 70 have PAD. It affects 8 to 12 million Americans currently.

FACT: Medical conditions that are often associated with PAD are:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

FACT: Patients with PAD are two to six times more likely to die from stroke and heart attack.

FACT: PAD and diabetes are the leading cause of foot and leg amputations in the U.S.

FACT: Symptoms of PAD are:

  • Pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks when you walk
  • Foot or toe pain that wakes you up at night
  • Wounds on the skin or your feet or toes that don’t heal for 8 to 12 weeks
  • Hair loss on your toes and legs
  • Abnormal skin color on your feet

FACT: Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can perform a simple test called an ankle-brachial index to determine if you have PAD. It compares the blood pressure in your arm with the blood pressure in your ankles.

FACT: There are several lifestyle changes that can decrease your risk for PAD:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet to avoid obesity and help lower cholesterol
  • Managing high blood sugar
  • Exercising regularly

FACT: Medications and surgical options to treat PAD are also available.

It’s important to pay attention to the condition of your feet and report any unusual changes to the foot doctor promptly. If you have any concerns, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499.

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 11, 2019

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, we often hear from our patients that they didn’t know if their foot condition was really anything serious, and so they weren’t sure if they should “bother us” for an appointment. Unfortunately, by the time we hear this, the problem has usually progressed to a severe stage which now requires longer and possibly more invasive treatment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, would much rather you come into our Cromwell office and find out there’s nothing wrong instead of waiting until you are in excruciating pain or having other difficulty walking.

Questions to Help You Decide

If you’re still undecided about whether or not to call us, below are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. Does it hurt? Pain is your body’s way of sending you a message that something is wrong. Often patients make the mistake of thinking that unless it’s severe and constant pain, it can’t be anything serious. Stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis and heel pain are three of many common conditions that may start out with just intermittent pain or discomfort when exercising or doing particular activities. If these conditions are diagnosed early, the foot doctor can prescribe treatment and/or preventive measures to keep the problem from becoming seriously disabling.
  2. Did it look like that before? We recommend that patients get in the habit of regularly inspecting their feet to look for changes that can signal a problem. Rashes, bumps, bruises, growths and changes in the skin or toenails can all be the beginning of a podiatric disorder. If you have diabetes, it’s particularly important that you contact us as soon as you notice anything out of the ordinary, since even minor foot problems like athlete’s foot and blisters can rapidly turn into serious health problems.
  3. Do you feel something different? Does your foot feel numb? Or, maybe you are noticing a tingling or burning sensation in your feet. These can be a sign of neuropathy or another nerve issue.
  4. Is it infected? A wound that begins to feel warm, has red streaks around it or is showing any discharge or pus may be infected. If you notice any of these symptoms, particularly if you also have a fever, contact us immediately by calling: (860) 632-5499.


 








 

 

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