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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
November 22, 2021
Category: Foot Care

It’s that time of the year. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know our Middlesex County patients will be pausing this week to count their blessings.

We want to be sure to include your feet on that list! Here are a few reminders about how incredible your feet are:

  • Feet enable the average person to walk three to five miles every day. In fact, throughout a typical lifetime, a person will walk approximately 115,000 miles or the equivalent of circling the globe four times.
  • Your feet carry the weight of your entire body. When you run, they absorb the pressure of four times your body weight. In fact, in just a single day of walking and performing daily tasks, feet withstand several tons of pressure equal to the amount of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • Feet are sensitive—they contain more nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body.
  • Your feet can warn you about problems going on in other parts of your body. Several disorders may first manifest in your feet, including arthritis, heart disease, kidney failure, hypertension, and diabetes.

Show Your Gratitude

So, how can you express your thanks to these two wonderful parts of your body? Here are a few ideas:

  • Feast in moderation—enjoy your favorite holiday foods in smaller portions and keep up with your exercise regimen. Your feet will appreciate not having additional pounds to carry.
  • Make smart shoe choices—you’ll be on your feet more than ever during the holiday season. Choose footwear that is supportive and fits properly. Look for styles with gripping treads for shopping and errand days to reduce slips, spills, and ankle sprains.
  • Listen to your feet—if they tell you they are hurting, put them up for a while and take a break. If that doesn’t do the trick, make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Let our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas examine your feet and treat any foot problems before they become disabling.

We wish all of our patients and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 11, 2021
Category: community outreach

Each year in October, we celebrate International Podiatry Day. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we think one way to honor this special event is by asking our Middlesex County patients to commit to taking better care of their feet.

Good foot care guidelines include:

  • Wear the right shoes for the activity you’re doing. For walking, running, or other fitness activities, choose athletic shoes—don’t try to work out in your work shoes.
  • Inspect your feet regularly. Be on the lookout for changes in the color or temperature of the skin, growths or lumps, discolored toenails, swelling, bruises, cuts, or wounds that don’t seem to be healing. Report anything suspicious to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash daily with soap and water and dry thoroughly—especially between your toes. If your feet feel sweaty during the day, change your socks and consider applying foot powder or roll-on deodorant to the soles of your feet each morning. It will significantly reduce your risk of fungal infections.
  • Choose good-quality shoes that fit well. Look for styles that have adequate arch support, cushioned insoles and heel beds, and a good tread. Get professionally measured to ensure you’re wearing the correct size. Always try on both shoes and walk around in them long enough to know they fit comfortably.
  • Trim toenails properly. Cut straight across and file with no rounded edges. It will help prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Alternate your shoes. Avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Don’t play foot doctor. Steer clear of folk and home remedies for conditions like warts and ingrown nails. These can be dangerous and cause injury and infection.
  • Never ignore foot pain. It’s your feet telling you there’s a problem, and it’s not likely to go away on its own. Foot problems have the best outcome when treated early. If you are experiencing any discomfort in your feet or ankles, contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 for an appointment.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 27, 2021
Category: Heart Health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we always stress the importance of a total body approach to foot health to our Middlesex County patients. September 29th is World Heart Day and an excellent time to make the connection that a healthy heart benefits your feet and the rest of your body! Keeping arteries clear of plaque and reducing other risk factors for heart disease can happen one step at a time.

Consider the ten options below to make your heart healthier:

  1. Go plant-based one meal a week. Reducing the amount of red meat is one way to lower cholesterol.
  2. Take a dance class (or try Pilates, hiking, ice skating). Choose physical activities for social time with friends and family and multiply heart-healthy effects!
  3. Buy smaller plates. It’s an easy way to reduce portion sizes and help you get to and maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Find what calms you down. Is it coloring, doing puzzles, walking the dog? Look for new ways to destress and then build it into your daily routine.
  5. Schedule regular checkups. There are several other medical conditions associated with heart disease, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Detecting and managing other health problems helps your heart.
  6. Get a step counter. No time for a regular exercise routine? Start by just incorporating more movement into each day. Make multiple trips up the stairs to bring in the groceries, walk while you talk on the phone, park farther away from the grocery store. Look for opportunities to move.
  7. Try a new spice. Too much sodium can increase blood pressure. There are plenty of other ways to season food.
  8. Invent a mocktail. Drinking alcohol in moderation is another way to protect your heart. Instead of 2 drinks, have one and make your second an appealing, no-alcohol concoction. Serve in a pretty glass.
  9. Quit smoking. Period. There are many programs, from hypnosis to the patch. This habit harms your heart, arteries, and lungs, and impedes circulation. Talk to your doctor and finally quit for good.
  10. Be aware of signs of heart disease in your feet and legs. Cramping, feeling cold, hair loss, and swelling may all be potential indicators of heart disease. If you have concerns make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 and talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
August 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists we know that during hot summer days and heatwaves, many of our Middlesex County patients complain that their feet swell. It is not unusual and generally not harmful, but it can be uncomfortable and even painful.

Below are 4 tips for relieving the common summer problem of swelling feet:

1. Wear shoes that are the correct size
If your shoes are even a little tight, swelling is going to make your feet very uncomfortable. Remember your shoe size can increase as you age. If this is a consistent problem, you may want to consider getting your feet professionally measured and consider buying a larger or wider shoe. Sandals and open styles may give feet more breathing space, but make sure the shoes you choose still have good arch support.

2. Put your feet up

Swelling occurs because fluid pools in your ankles and feet thanks to gravity. Periodically putting your feet up during the day (and especially at the end of the day) helps relieve pressure and allows fluid to leave your lower extremities.

3. Stay hydrated

While it may seem counterintuitive, drinking more water can reduce swelling. When you’re dehydrated, your body retains fluid. Drinking more can help flush excess fluid from your body.

4. Run errands early in the day

Feet tend to swell and increase in size as the day goes on. For this reason, it may be more comfortable to do the shopping and other tasks that involve long periods of walking during the morning hours.

In some instances, swelling in your lower legs, feet, and ankles can be a sign of a serious medical condition such as hypertension, heart, or kidney disease. If your swelling seems continuous and is not relieved by the simple solutions above, make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can perform a complete podiatric examination and determine if a more serious issue exists.

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.


 








 

 

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