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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients have put a lot of life on hold during the stay at home phase of COVID 19. Now that the state is starting to re-open, it’s time to take care of some podiatric health care issues that may have taken a back seat in recent months. 

Get Necessary Medical Care

If you suffer from an ongoing condition such as diabetes, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis, it’s important that you get any care, treatments, or preventive checkups that were postponed during the pandemic. Delaying podiatric healthcare can have serious long-term consequences. Contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to get the care you need.

Re-Boot Your Fitness Plan

If you spent most of the stay at home time in your home office chair or on the couch, your level of physical activity might have decreased significantly. Pair that with some “comfort eating,” and you’ve got a recipe for getting out of shape quickly. Deliberately re-starting your exercise regimen can help you both physically and mentally. It all starts in your head. Visualize your fitness goals and then decide if you want to go back to a familiar routine or try something new. If you’ve been inactive for a while, remember to start up slowly and don’t neglect warm-ups and stretches to prevent foot and ankle injuries.

Check Your Shoes

Buying new shoes may have been low on your priority list for the last few months, but one of the top causes of foot pain is wearing shoes that are worn out or don’t fit properly. Inventory your shoe closet and get rid of shoes that are stretched out, damaged, or show other signs of wear. Don’t forget to check your workout shoes as well.

If you start to experience any new foot or ankle pain, contact us promptly, 860-632-5499

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 04, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: stretch   exercise   sport conditioning  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know there has been some talk of possibly getting back to school and local sports here in Middlesex County. Whether that will be possible remains to be seen.  But if you’ve been spending most of the pandemic on the couch, you’ll want to start now to take steps to get back in good physical condition for whenever the “all clear” is given. 

Preventing Injuries

Attempting strenuous exercise routines after a prolonged period of inactivity is a surefire way to end up with an injury. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and ankle sprains all occur more frequently in athletes who are out of shape. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start up a conditioning plan again if you’ve let it slide during COVID 19. Start gradually and allow yourself a few weeks to rebuild lost muscle and increase stamina. If your usual regimen isn’t possible with the equipment you have, look up conditioning plans for your sport online.

Be Mindful of Chronic Conditions

If you have a history of plantar fasciitis, weak ankles, or torn tendons, be sure the conditioning you are doing does not put an excess strain on your problem area. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a custom orthotic, be sure you wear it during your conditioning. If a chronic problem flairs up while you’re working out, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499.

Check Your Shoes

Now is also a good time to evaluate your sports shoes and make sure they are still in peak performance mode. Obviously, any overt signs of wear such as holes or rips in the uppers, are cause for discarding a shoe. But there are other less noticeable indicators that it’s time to replace your sports shoes. Can you fold your shoe completely in half? If yes, then your shoe has lost its essential support and structure. Check the tread and the insole as well to make sure that they have not worn down or become compacted.

We’re all hoping that we can resume our sports and the rest of our lives sooner rather than later. Taking steps now to prepare will ensure that you’re ready when the go-ahead is given.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 24, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: exercise   good health  

Schools are closed, along with movies and gyms, and most Middlesex county families are stuck at home trying to keep a safe distance and avoid contact with the Coronavirus. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that this is a stressful time, and we want to offer a suggestion to help you and your family cope—get moving! Being taken out of our regular routines and missing many of our usual comforts can leave adults and children feeling anxious, angry or sad. There’s also all that pent-up energy that children who aren’t in gym class and spring sports must deal with. Increasing physical activity is something you can do together that will help raise spirits. It also has a whole host of other benefits such as improving circulation, maintaining range of motion in your feet, helping you maintain an appropriate weight and decreasing your risk for a host of health problems including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Peripheral arterial disease

Creative Solutions

There are many ways to maintain a healthy fitness routine even at home—you just have to get a little creative! Some options to consider:

  • Start working on your garden. Turning over the soil, digging out rocks and roots and putting up a new fence will use muscles and burn calories. Planning what vegetables, you will plant and even starting the seeds gives everyone something to look forward to.
  • Stay in shape for your sport. Do you or your children play soccer, softball, football or another sport? Do some research and find conditioning programs geared toward your specific sport. (Now is also a good time to examine those sports shoes and make sure they still fit and are not showing signs of wear that can make them unsafe.)
  • Create a fitness circuit. We’ve all seen them in parks at schools. A fitness circuit has multiple stations that each focus on a different exercise. Make your own. Include jumping jacks, squats, pull-ups and other activities.

As always, follow our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas’s, instructions if you have a chronic foot problem like plantar fasciitis. If the new activities you are doing cause new foot pain or discomfort, contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499.

February 17, 2020
Category: blister
Tags: podiatrist   blister   exercise   foot care  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’ve seen many a Middlesex county patient give up on a new walking or running program because of tiny irritation that causes a big pain—the blister. We don’t judge—if you’ve had one, you know how painful a blister can be. And it can sideline you for several days—enough to lose the momentum and the habit you were trying to put in place of committing to a regular fitness routine.

A better understanding of what causes blisters, however, can help you prevent them in the first place. Below are some tips to help you avoid this fitness buster:

Podiatric Conditions

Toe deformities such as bunions or hammertoes and biomechanical problems like flat feet or plantar fasciitis can affect how much friction is applied to your feet. Talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, if you have a chronic foot condition that may impact your risk for blisters. If the foot doctor suggests an orthotic insert, see if it is available in gel or foam—plastic tends to slide around more, increasing friction and the chance of blisters. Contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499.

Shoes

It goes without saying that properly fitting shoes are a must for blister prevention. Try these suggestions:

  • Get your feet professionally measured at a store that specializes in fitness or walking shoes.

  • Shop at the end of a long day—your feet will be their most swollen then, and this will help you avoid buying shoes that feel fine when you leave the store but later hurt your feet.

  • Rearrange your laces. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing where the pressure points are.

  • Run your hand around the inside of the shoe you’re considering to check for rough patches or heavy stitching that could rub on your foot.

Moisture—friction occurs when feet sweat. Keep feet dry by observing the following steps:

  • Use a foot powder before putting on your socks.
  • Avoid 100% cotton socks—they tend to hold moisture. Instead, pick a synthetic material or blend that wicks moisture away from your skin.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 02, 2019
Category: arthritis

During the month of October, we recognize World Arthritis Day. Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want patients to realize that arthritis isn’t inevitable and there are steps you can take to reduce symptoms.

There are several misconceptions patients have about arthritis. The first is that arthritis is a single disease. It is actually an umbrella term that includes more than 100 disorders that affect the joints. Another misconception is that arthritis is a natural part of getting older that just has to be accepted. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Although osteoarthritis, the most common type, occurs as joints and cartilage wear down, your lifestyle choices can play a key role in determining whether you develop arthritis and its severity. Some ways to reduce your risk and your symptoms include:

  • Eating a healthy diet. Being overweight dramatically increases your risk of developing arthritis, especially in your feet and ankles. There are 33 joints in your feet, and they carry the weight of your entire body. Excess weight means excess strain and pressure on those joints. You can also help your bones and joints by ensuring you get enough calcium and vitamin D and avoiding fried foods and those high in sugar as these are known to cause joint inflammation.
  • Stay active. Regular exercise, particularly weight-bearing activities like walking, increase joint strength and help you maintain flexibility and full range of motion. You’ll also burn calories which will help keep your weight in check.
  • Be safe. Arthritis often sets in at the site of an old injury. Don’t take unnecessary chances. Practice ladder safety, drive carefully and take precautions to avoid sports injuries to reduce your chances of developing arthritis as you age.

Take Early Action

Recognize the symptoms of arthritis:

  • Joint stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning
  • Pain or tenderness in a joint
  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Skin changes such as redness, warmth, rashes or growths

If experience any of these, don’t delay. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and ankles and determine the source of your joint discomfort. Treatment in the early stages of many types of arthritis can significantly slow its progression and increase your mobility.



 








 

 

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