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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 14, 2021

In a recent press conference, Governor Ned Lamont told CT residents, “Get out of the damn house!” At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we heartily agree. Too many of our Middlesex County patients have spent far too long at home and primarily just wearing slippers, flip-flops, or going barefoot. Of course, you can keep the flip-flops out for pool or beach days, but for all other activities, it’s time to get back to wearing regular shoes.

Flat Shoes and Foot Pain

Long-term use of slippers, ballet flats, and traditional flip-flops (as well as walking barefoot) aggravate the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot known as the plantar fascia. It, in turn, can cause arch and heel pain. Weight gain and inactivity can also contribute to hurting feet and make wearing regular, supportive shoes feel uncomfortable.

Get Back to Better Shoes

It may take a little getting used to again, but wearing well-made shoes that fit your feet is crucial to good podiatric health. Below are some steps you should take to update your shoe wardrobe:

  • Examine your current shoes. Now’s a good time to go through your shoes and inspect them for rips, worn-down soles, flattened heel beds, and other signs of wear. Discard all shoes that are damaged or worn out.
  • Get your feet professionally measured. Your feet can get larger as you age. They can also increase in size if you’ve gained weight—many people have put on the “quarantine 15” or more over the last year.
  • Invest in new sports or fitness shoes. Wearing shoes designed for the fitness activity you do improves comfort and performance.
  • Schedule a podiatric checkup. If your feet are hurting even after you’ve purchased shoes that fit correctly, it’s time to get them evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499 to make an appointment. The foot doctor will find the source of your podiatric discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment to relieve foot pain and get you back on track.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
May 17, 2021
Category: skin conditions

Memorial Day weekend—the official kickoff of summer—is almost here, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know it’s an excellent time to recognize Skin Cancer Awareness Month. We want to share some helpful information about skin cancer with our Middlesex County patients before they begin enjoying beach and pool days.

 

Check Skin Regularly-Don't Forget Feet
 

Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the United States each year than all other kinds of cancer combined. However, it’s also among the most treatable forms of the disease. The 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99% if caught and treated early.

Early detection is one of the best weapons available in the fight against skin cancer. That’s why doctors recommend you examine the skin on your body carefully once a month and have a dermatologist exam annually. Many patients forget to think about the skin on their feet when it comes to skin cancer, but it is just as vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays as that on the rest of your body. There is an easy guide to looking for potentially harmful moles, freckles, and pigmented spots on your skin when examining your feet.

 

Use the A-B-C-D-E method to detect changes that may indicate developing skin cancer:

  • A—Asymmetry: if you were to draw a line down the center of the spot, the two sides do not look the same.
  • B—Border: potentially cancerous spots can have irregular, scalloped, or no clearly defined borders.
  • C—Color: mole appears to have several colors or shade in it, such as red, blue, white or tan, brown and black; colors may be mottled.
  • D—Diameter: anything over 6mm or about the width of a pencil eraser.
  • E—Evolving: the spot appears to be changing in size, shape, or color since the last time you examined it or is markedly different from other spots you have.


When you look over your feet, be sure to examine the entire foot, including between your toes and your toenails. If you notice any of the above changes or are unsure about a 'spot, it’s best to contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange an appointment with our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to determine if further evaluation is required.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 01, 2021
Category: nutrition

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we understand the relationship between foods you choose and your feet and ankles' health. To show just how important your diet is, we want to share with our Middlesex County patients seven ways to eat your way to better podiatric health.

  1. Eat more berries—strawberries, blueberries, raspberries all contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.
  2. Have an extra serving of broccoli—it’s a cruciferous vegetable, along with brussels sprouts and cauliflower. These decrease your risk of heart disease. Heart disease can cause poor circulation—a serious detriment to helping feet get the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal and fight off infections.
  3. Practice portion control—it’s not just what you eat; it's how much. The bottom line is that if you take in more calories than your body can burn, you're going to gain weight. Start by using a smaller plate to cut down on food amounts and swear off seconds naturally.
  4. Try a kale and green tea smoothy for breakfast--smoothies are a great way to pack lots of essential nutrients into one delicious drink. Green tea is known to help with weight loss, and kale is an inflammation fighter. Add some milk or yogurt, and you can also give your bones a calcium boost.
  5. Bake up some oatmeal cookies—oatmeal helps lower cholesterol—a bad guy who can build up on your arteries' walls and slow blood flow to your legs and feet. Choose a recipe that's low in sugar, however, to keep calories down.
  6. Experiment with new herbs and spices--adding flavor with fresh rosemary, mint, cumin, smoked paprika, and other seasonings will make food tasty without adding salt. Lowering sodium is key to keeping blood pressure in check.
  7. Grill or roast up some one-dish dinners--sheet pan and foil packet cooking allows you to save calories (and time and clean up!). Light spray a baking sheet or pieces of foil, add a lean protein and some veggies and potatoes, and you’ll have a delicious dinner.

Of course, healthy eating is just one component of good podiatric health. If your feet are causing you pain, talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to learn the best way to treat your condition. Contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 08, 2021
Category: Heart Health

Hearts are everywhere and that means it’s time for Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we have some suggestions for how you can celebrate both events with someone you love. After all, the sweetest gift you can give the one you love is a long and healthy life together.

Cook a Romantic (and Healthy) Meal—Heart-healthy eating doesn’t mean bland and tasteless. In fact, the idea is to use more fresh ingredients like vegetables, fruits, and herbs and less processed foods with added fats and sugars. How does Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Sauce sound? Or Grilled Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork with Fried Plantains? These are just a couple of recipes you can find on the American Heart Association’s website. Turn your kitchen into a romantic restaurant and cook up something delicious together!

Go Dancing—Another key to keeping your heart healthy is regular physical activity. The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 active minutes each week. Dancing is a great way to get in some active time. Two left feet? Consider other active pursuits you and your sweetheart enjoy: hiking, biking, skiing, and make dates to be sure to enjoy them together. If any of your fitness fun causes you pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, be sure to get it checked out promptly by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to set up an appointment.

Couples Massage—whether you go to a luxury spa or do-it-yourself, a relaxing massage also contributes to heart health by reducing stress. Stress is a factor that increases your risk for high blood pressure. Take time away from stressful elements in life to be together. Be deliberate about not bringing stress into your relaxing time. A different setting, quiet music, pleasing scents, or fresh air and sunshine can all say, “we’re away from it all,” and enable you to take a true break.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
December 29, 2020
Category: shoes

As the year draws to a close, there are many customs worldwide for saying goodbye to the old before ushering in the new. In Japan, the ringing of 108 bells dispels evil desires in people and cleanse the old year of sins. In Denmark, friends and neighbors throw plates at each other’s doors, symbolizing leaving behind all ill will. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we think our Middlesex County patients should consider an end-of-year ritual to benefit their feet: cleaning out the shoe closet.

Here are some questions to ask to help decide which footwear to keep and which to toss:

Have shoes surpassed their expected lifespan? Stretched out heel counters, flattened arch supports, holes or rips in the toe box, worn soles—these are all signs it’s time to replace a pair of shoes. Continuing to wear shoes with these types of issues can seriously harm your feet. Arch and heel pain, for example, commonly develop if arch support is lacking. It’s easy to trip and sustain a sprain or fracture if shoes are too loose on the feet.

Is the style harmful to your feet? Okay, they may look amazing, but those high, spiky heels with pointy toes pose a significant threat to your podiatric health. These types of shoes force feet forward and squeeze toes together. It can speed the development of bunions, hammertoes, and other toe deformities. It also increases your risk for ingrown toenails. It’s best to look for stylish substitutes with lower heels and wider toe boxes. If you absolutely can’t part with them, at least resolve only to wear them for short periods of time.

Are fitness shoes and sneakers designed for your current activities? If you bought tennis shoes a few years ago but have switched to running as your regular exercise it’s not okay to use the same shoes. Today, athletic footwear is sport-specific in its design, with features that protect your feet during movements associated with the sport. Exercise shoes also have a life span. In general walking and running shoes, should be replaced every 300-500 miles, regardless of their physical appearance, because interior components break down.

Do these shoes hurt your feet? At the end of the day, regardless of style or age, if shoes hurt your feet you shouldn’t wear them! If you need footwear recommendations for styles to accommodate a chronic or new foot problem, contact our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas,  at our Cromwell office (860-632-5499) to arrange a consultation.



 








 

 

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