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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 22, 2022

Don’t let sore, achy feet ruin your holiday season. Last week, the experts at Feet First Foot Care LLC shared with patients about ways they can give thanks to their feet this holiday season. This week our experts wanted to share ways in which you can help your feet prepare for the increase in activities that are waiting for each of us over the next 2 months. Tis’ the season for our feet to work overtime as we shop, bake, and spend time with our loved ones. 

Here is how you can maintain foot health and support your feet during the holiday season: 

  • Wear Properly Fitting Shoes. When hitting the dance floor and shopping malls this season, don’t compromise comfort and safety. Protect your feet from blisters, calluses and ankle injuries by wearing supportive shoes for the occasion.
  • Don’t Overindulge in Holiday Cheer. Your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer—overindulging in certain foods and beverages high in uric acid can cause painful gout attacks in your feet.
  • Take Safety Precautions If You Get a Pedicure. Reduce your risk of bacterial infections during your holiday pedicure by choosing a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state.
  • Listen To Your Feet. Don’t let foot pain ruin your holiday fun; inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters or calluses. If you have any issues, contact your foot and ankle surgeon.
  • Exercise your toes. Toe cramping is a common symptom due to long hours of standing and walking, often in tight shoes. Avoid toe cramping by stretching your toes upwards, pointing and curling them for five seconds in each direction, then repeat 10 times. Do this before wearing your shoes for extended periods. You can do this several times a day and you won't even break a sweat -- but your toes will get good relief.
  • Elevate your legs. Long hours of standing, walking and even sitting can cause the feet to swell, especially at the end of the day. Reduce swelling by elevating the legs when sitting or lying down. Be sure to lift the legs above the level of your heart.
  • Get help – Feet shouldn’t hurt all the time. Persistent foot pain can be an indication of injury, irritation, or illness. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office call (860)-632-5499  or visit our website for more information.

In October, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists recognize Raynaud’s Awareness Month. Raynaud’s disease is a widespread disease but is not well known. Raynaud's (ray-NOSE) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin become narrow, limiting blood flow to affected areas. Treatment of Raynaud's disease depends on its severity and whether you have other health conditions. For most people, Raynaud's disease isn't disabling, but it can affect your quality of life. In this article, we will be sharing everything you need to know about Raynaud’s Disease. 

Diagnosis

To tell the difference between primary and secondary Raynaud's, your doctor might do a test called nailfold capillaroscopy. During the test, the doctor looks at the skin at the base of your fingernail under a microscope or magnifier to look for deformities or swelling of the tiny blood vessels.

Signs and Symptoms

Raynaud's syndrome causes spasms in small blood vessels in your fingers and toes. This limits blood flow and leads to symptoms like skin color changes, cold skin, and a pins and needles sensation. Common triggers of Raynaud's attacks include cold weather and stress. The most common signs and symptoms of Raynaud’s Disease are:

  • Cold fingers or toes
  • Color changes in your skin in response to cold or stress
  • Numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain upon warming or stress relief

Pain

Raynaud's phenomenon is a condition where blood flow to your fingers, toes, ears, or nose is restricted or interrupted. Also known as Raynaud's syndrome, it occurs when the blood vessels in your hands or feet constrict. Episodes of constriction are called vasospasm. Although Raynaud's most commonly affects your fingers and toes, it can also affect other areas of your body, such as your nose, lips, and ears. After you warm up, the return of normal blood flow to the area can take 15 minutes.

Age

Raynaud’s Disease is usually diagnosed in people between the ages of 35 and 40. Women are more likely than men to have Raynaud's disease, also known as Raynaud's or Raynaud's phenomenon or syndrome. It appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates.

When To See a Podiatrist

To schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

Our feet are more important than many of us think. They help keep us balanced and moving around. Podiatrists help to raise awareness about foot health for everyone, from the general public to government bodies and other health professionals. The health of our feet can give a good indication of our general health and even offer warning signs for some illnesses, as well as being linked to certain conditions. 

Some of the most common issues people have with their feet include:

Board Certification

Podiatrists have received the highest level of training and education. Podiatrists are either board-certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams and be licensed by the state in which they practice. At Feet First Foot Care LLC, our lead podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, is board-certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Foot Health Advocacy

  • Educate Yourself. You can read about many health conditions related to the feet, as well as information on how to keep your feet healthy. We even have a section on our website “Patient Education” to provide all of our wonderful clients with up-to-date information pertaining to various foot conditions.
  • Spread Awareness About the Importance of Foot Health. If you are passionate about advocating the importance of foot health, first educate yourself on topics, then share with your loved ones! Every week, we post new blogs on our website. Check them out and spread the word!
  • Learn To Maintain Good Foot Health. On our website, we share advice for experts on basic foot care guidelines for every age.

When To See a Podiatrist

If you or anyone you know is experiencing persistent foot or ankle discomfort, or if you notice any changes in the appearance of your feet, abnormal growth(s), experience an injury or have an underlying medical condition that affects your ability to function, it is time to see a podiatrist. Symptoms are sometimes obvious but other times not. If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499  to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas.

Our feet bear the weight of all our daily activities. It only makes sense that our lower extremities experience a great deal of wear and tear. That is why our team of experts has curated 5 highly recommended tips for foot pain recovery. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, flat feet, ankle problems, or any other foot condition, then these tips are essential. 

Expert Recommended Tips for Foot Pain

  1. Consult a Doctor, Rather Than Waiting It Out. Don’t let your foot pain hold you back from being active. Most foot problems can be solved without the use of invasive surgery. Multiple experts advise that you should not wait to get help if you are suffering from foot pain, due to the multiple treatment options. Early intervention can also help prevent worse problems later. Therefore, it is best to speak with a doctor as soon as possible to get relief.
  2. Ditch Unsupportive Shoes. This may be a no-brainer, but it is a tip that should not be forgotten. Ditch all shoes that make you uncomfortable or do not provide you with the support you need.
  3. Consider Custom Orthotics or Supportive inserts. The inserts that come in your sneakers might not be doing nearly enough to counteract your foot pain. Some people, especially those who have pain due to flat feet, might need custom-molded orthotics. 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.
  4. Repurpose Old Tennis Balls and Water Bottles for At-Home-Relief. Relief does not have to come in the form of expense. You might already have the most helpful tools on hand. Try freezing a tennis ball or water bottle and then rolling it under your foot for quick pain relief that doubles as an ice and stretching treatment. This trick has worked especially well for patients dealing with heel pain.
  5. Don’t Walk Barefoot. People that suffer from foot injuries, such as plantar fasciitis shouldn’t spend any time barefoot. Spending extended periods barefoot can further aggravate conditions like plantar fasciitis. Instead, make sure an ultra-supportive pair of shoes or slippers are nearby, even for middle-of-the-night bathroom trips.

Schedule an appointment

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

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.


 








 

 

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