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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 15, 2019
Category: skin conditions
Tags: feet   skin cancer   melanoma   sunscreen  

As soon as temperatures begin to go up in Middlesex County, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists know that patients can’t wait to shed their socks and start wearing sandals and other open styles of footwear. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to share some facts about this disease, which can occur on the skin of your feet. Below are some common myths and why you shouldn’t believe them.

MYTH: Skin cancer is a relatively minor form of cancer.

FACT: Skin cancer is actually the most prevalent form of cancer with over 5 million new cases being diagnosed each year. Deaths from melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, are expected to increase by 22% in 2019.

MYTH: Skin cancer isn’t normally found on your feet.

FACT: The skin on your feet is just as susceptible to skin cancer as the skin on the rest of your body. For this reason, it is necessary to take the same precautions from the sun and to engage in the same level of vigilance with regard to performing self-exams on your feet. In fact, skin cancers on the soles of the feet or between the toes are often not diagnosed until a later stage of the disease. Patients don’t think to examine that part of their body for potential signs of skin cancer.

MYTH: Indoor tanning beds are okay as long as you use sunscreen.

FACT: Indoor tanning beds cause more cases of skin cancer than smoking causes cases of lung cancer. UV radiation is a proven carcinogen. People who have used tanning beds in the past have a 67% increased risk of developing skin cancer in the future.

MYTH: I only need to apply sunscreen to my feet if I am spending a day at the pool or beach.

FACT: Sunscreen should be applied to your feet any time they will be exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time. Even a day of running errands or sight-seeing while wearing sandals or flip flops will expose your skin to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher about 30 minutes before going out. On beach or pool days, reapply every two hours (to tops and bottoms of your feet) and after swimming.

If you notice any unusual freckles or spots on your skin, or if a mole you’ve had for a while appears to be changing, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can evaluate your symptoms.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
March 12, 2019
Category: podiatric medicine
Tags: feet   ankles   specialize   maintenance  

If you’ve found yourself considering why or why not to see a podiatrist lately, this is the blog for you! While many people may not need to see a podiatrist until they’ve reached their 40s or later, you would still be surprised at how many people under 40 desperately need to see a podiatrist but will never pencil themselves in. The common alternative for most people is to bring up minor issues with their primary care doctor, if at all. While your primary care doctor is trained to help you maintain your overall health, they don’t specialize in the medical care of your feet and ankles. Who does? Our podiatrist at Feet First Foot Care Specialists!

Podiatrists, who are lovingly referred to as foot doctors, are doctors who specialize in the medical care and maintenance of our feet and ankles. Podiatrists, like your primary care doctor, went through the same eight years of schooling to become doctors. The difference, however, is that podiatrists then go on to study even longer in order to specialize in our feet and ankles.

After four years of additional study and experiences pertaining specifically to podiatry, a doctor can then become a podiatrist. Only after passing both national and state examinations to get licensed to practice in a state of their choosing can a podiatrist then take the care of your feet and ankles into their hands. In most cases, if you approach your regular doctor about foot issues, they will suggest either one of two things:

  1. Simple steps you can take at home to potentially help relieve your specific set of symptoms, or…
  2. If and when those do-it-yourself methods aren’t helping, they will refer you to a specialist, i.e., a podiatrist!

Skip the waiting and uncertainty when it comes to finding out what’s wrong with your feet or ankles - call us today at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Mucinskas in Cromwell, Connecticut.



 








 

 

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