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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.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 16, 2022
Category: Foot Care

As we reflect on the year, we are giving thanks for several things, for we are grateful. But have you considered giving your feet gratitude as well? There are some basic things you can do for your feet right away. The first thing you can do is buy proper shoes if you currently do not have shoes that properly fit. Wearing uncomfortable shoes that do not fit well can lead to numerous foot and ankle problems, as well as foot injuries and, over time, even foot deformities. If you would like to give extra gratitude for your feet this Thanksgiving season but are unsure where to start or what to do, this blog article is for you! 

Our specialists at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC recommend starting here:

  • Try this simple quiz from The Foot Health Foundation of America that helps to pinpoint any warning signs of foot and ankle problems.
  • Follow these general guidelines to assess how healthy your feet are.
  • Follow these basic foot care guidelines and try to do them every day.

How To Give Thanks to Your Feet

  • T-Treat your feet to a safe and clean pedicure.
  • H-Help yourself to nutritious foods with calcium, vitamin D, and antioxidants. All of which promote optimal foot health!
  • A-Apply a rich moisturizer, to help prevent dry skin and cracked heels. It is especially important as it gets colder.
  • N-Note any foot pain or changes and make an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office to get treatment.
  • K-Kick back and relax – ask your partner for a foot massage or search the web for a foot massager machine. (This can also make a great holiday gift!) Whatever you choose, make sure you and your feet are relaxed.
  • S-Soak your feet in a warm bath - try using Epsom salt and essential oils!

As you start your holiday shopping, traveling, and spending time with loved ones, don’t forget to give your feet some TLC. The best thing we recommend you can do for your feet is to consult with our board-certified podiatristDr. Adam Mucinskas, if you are experiencing any foot or ankle problems. Make an appointment by calling (860-) 632-5499 or visiting our website

Wintertime can be quite harsh on our feet. Our feet go from warm, centrally heated houses to arctic conditions outside. Temperature changes take their toll on the skin, making the skin dry and prone to cracking open. Dry and cracked skin are the two conditions most people experience on their feet when it starts to get colder. Paying close attention to the skin on our feet and actively preventing major skin concerns is the most effective way to care for our feet during the cold-weather months. 

The most common skin concerns for winter are:

  • Dry and cracked skin. This may even worsen as you grow older because your natural oil production decreases and your skin becomes thinner, making you more prone to dryness when the temperatures drop.
  • Fissures is the medical term for the result of severely dry skin. Common symptoms of fissures include feet getting thicker and becoming callused before they bleed and crack, which could lead to infection.
  • Increased pressure. You may experience this while walking in shoes, but it can also cause cracks on the bottoms of your feet. Cracks will typically appear on your heels, where winter boots and shoes rub.
  • Fungal infections. Skin flare-ups affiliated with Raynaud's syndrome may be more common during the winter months which decreases blood flow and can cause fingers and toes to change color. Painful inflammation called chilblains, causes itching, red patches, swelling, and blisters, are other concerns to pay close attention to during the cold-weather months.

Prevention Is the Best Treatment

  • Practice Good Hygiene. Wash your feet thoroughly when you bathe or shower, dry them well, and always put on fresh socks. These precautions can help you prevent toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, and athlete’s foot. Bonus: Bring an extra pair of warm, dry socks with you wherever you go. Just in case!
  • Moisturize. Indoor heating and dry winter air can contribute to dry, cracked skin on your feet and heels. Use a quality moisturizing cream and take a few extra minutes to thoroughly rub the lotion on your feet.
  • Support. Wear the right kind of winter socks to insulate and protect your feet. Also, wear shoes and boots that are roomy and don’t constrict your feet or cut off circulation. For further tips on finding the right winter boots for you, check out our blog!
  • Safety. Fractures go up in winter months, as do falls and ankle dislocations or broken toes. Avoid foot fractures by wearing boots or waterproof shoes with a low heel and a traction sole if there’s a possibility of walking on a slippery surface. Always wear appropriately designed and fitted footwear for sports activities like skiing, snowboarding, or ice skating.
  • Listen To Your Feet. Worried about the health of your feet this winter? Call (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas, 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.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 22, 2022
Category: Foot Care

Every June, we celebrate Men's Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men. The focus is on encouraging boys, men, and their families to implement and practice healthy living. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, men in the United States die 5 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries. The hustle and bustle of everyday life cause many health problems among men. Due to a lack of awareness and education, many men do not come out with their problems and seek professional help. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, our patients are our priority. We want to remind everyone of the importance of taking care of oneself. Below are suggestions for observing Men's Health Month (regardless of age or sex). 

  1. Tweak Your Diet. Cut back on alcohol this month or up your intake of healthy fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. Find a new heart-healthy recipe and try using fresh herbs.
  2. Cultivate New Habits. Set small, achievable goals and work with your doctor to make them a reality.
  3. Get Educated on The Topic. It is an excellent opportunity to read about the common health issues specific to men. Check out the CDC for information on health issues that men face. Or check out more of our blog articles for further details.
  4. Go For a Nature Walk. It is one of the best free-of-cost health initiatives. Call a friend or go on a solo walk—anything to get your heart pumping and fresh air in your lungs.
  5. Protect Your Feet in Public. Public locker rooms and showers are hot spots for bacteria because of the warm and humid environment. Always make sure to wear shower sandals that can protect your feet from exposure to bacteria. It is also true for walking barefoot.
  6. Avoid Injury. Active men and women face the risk of ankle and foot injuries. Therefore, paying close attention to how your feet and ankles feel is essential. Do your shoes fit comfortably? Are you taking care of your feet? If you have any questions or concerns concerning your feet or ankles, Feet First Foot Care specialists are here to help! Call our Middlesex County office to schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas. 
  7. Cleanse Feet Daily. Washing feet daily is not only the best way to eliminate unpleasant foot odor but also the best way to prevent many common fungal infections, including athlete's foot. Exfoliating the feet can help remove bacteria and dirt buildup. Most people think exfoliation is only for women who want smooth and beautiful skin, but it's just as good for men. It's best to do it at least once or twice a week with a good quality scrub to keep your feet healthy.


 








 

 

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