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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
April 26, 2021
Category: exercise

As we slowly but surely emerge from COVID lockdowns and restrictions, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists know many of our Middlesex County patients are experiencing unexpected foot pain as they begin to be more active. Your podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can help you make the re-entry into a more active lifestyle smoothly and pain-free.

Start with A Checkup—the first step is to schedule a podiatric checkup at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. The foot doctor will give your feet and ankles a thorough examination and look for any developing problems. If you have a chronic foot problem such as bunions or flat feet, the podiatrist will assess their progression and decide if your treatment plan needs to be updated.

Get the Right Shoes—did you know the foot doctor can help you with proper sports shoe selection? Your podiatrist can analyze your gait and tell quite a bit about how your unique feet work by examining the wear pattern on your current fitness shoes. Shoes designed to accommodate your specific foot care needs for the sport or activity you plan to engage in can increase comfort, safety, and performance. The foot doctor can also make recommendations on proper fit, sock choice, and lacing technique to give you the best shot at a successful fitness program.

Practice Injury Prevention—many injuries that are commonly associated with sports ranging from blisters and shin splints to plantar fasciitis and ankle strain. While the podiatrist can treat all of these conditions, he would much rather help you prevent them! Proper stretching techniques before and after exercise can help. Choosing a program that suits your current fitness level and allows you to progress gradually to more strenuous exercise is also a must.

Regular exercise has many benefits to your feet and the rest of your body. If you experience pain or discomfort at any point during or after working out, be sure to contact us promptly, 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 09, 2020

‘Quarantine 15’ is a real thing, and it is impacting children as well as adults. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to recognize National Childhood Obesity Month and offer our Middlesex County families some tools to fight this dangerous weight gain trend.

Be Mindful—sitting on the couch with a bag of chips while your child watches their favorite television show is a classic non-mindful approach to eating. Eating while doing something else leads to consuming way more than a single serving. Be aware of when your child is eating and why. Help them avoid boredom eating. If you know they’ve had an appropriate amount of food and snacks for the day, redirect them to a more active pursuit like playing outside or taking a bike ride.

Pay Attention to Portions—know what your child’s daily calorie intake should be (if you’re unsure, check with the pediatrician). Help children use visual cues like the size of their fist, for example, to determine appropriate portion sizes. Check packages to find out what constitutes a serving and then take out that amount to eat and put the rest away.

Build a Better Plate—many children and parents are unaware of what a healthy dinner plate should look like. Start by filling half the plate with vegetables or salad. Then fill one remaining quarter with lean protein and the other with carbohydrates.

Encourage Physical Activity Daily—children should get at least one hour of exercise daily. It can take the form of a sport, an activity like hiking or rollerblading, or free play in the yard. Asking your child to help with more strenuous chores like raking leaves or turning over a garden is another way to burn more calories.

Children who are overweight are more likely to experience foot pain and problems. If your child is complaining of any podiatric discomfort, make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your child’s feet and ask questions about his or her lifestyle and habits. The foot doctor will diagnose the source of your child’s pain and suggest ways to improve podiatric and overall health.

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.



 








 

 

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