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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.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
November 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients will be focusing on gratitude this week during the Thanksgiving holiday. Although our holiday gatherings may be a little less traditional this year, one thing that remains the same, the season is an opportunity to express gratitude for our many blessings—one of which is your feet!

Your feet are pretty incredible. They contain 52 bones—nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body, 66 joints, 214 ligaments, and 38 muscles. It’s because of your feet that you can stand, walk, run, dance, bend over and reach high. Most of us, however, tend to take our feet for granted until they have a problem. Please take a moment during this time to consider one of these suggestions for showing your gratitude for all they do.

Buy New Shoes

Some studies estimate that up to 90% of people wear shoes that are the wrong size for their feet. Get your feet professionally measured. Your foot can get larger as you age. It’s also not unusual to find that one of your feet is larger than the other. Always buy shoes that are comfortable for the larger foot. Look for good-quality shoes made of soft, flexible material. Be sure they have adequate arch support, a cushioned insole, and a non-slip tread. Your shoes are one of the primary factors in determining the health of your feet.

Commit to a Foot Care Regimen

Being proactive in the care of your feet doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Merely washing your feet every day (and drying completely), applying foot powder if you tend to sweat excessively, and moisturizing at night before bed is an excellent basic routine. Healthy lifestyle choices like maintaining an appropriate weight and exercising will also improve the health of your feet.

Get a Podiatric Checkup

There are several benefits to getting a checkup for your feet. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can diagnose and treat all chronic pain or foot discomfort you are experiencing and offer tips on preventing many common foot problems. He’ll also get your medical history, which can help analyze your risk for foot disorders that can be hereditary. Contact our Cromwell office today for an appointment by calling: (860) 632-5499.

Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season to all our patients!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
November 02, 2020
Category: skin conditions
Tags: foot health   foot skin care  

November is National Healthy Skin Month, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know the skin on your feet has some special needs, and taking good care of it is very important. Skin disorders on your feet can make it challenging to get around. They can also signal trouble in other parts of your body. But often people don’t think to look at their feet! So, the first tip is to get in the habit of inspecting your feet regularly, and if you notice anything abnormal or concerning about the skin on your feet, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 promptly. That way, our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can take a look and determine if a skin issue is developing that needs treatment.

Here are six other ways to take good care of the skin on your feet:

  1. Wear shoes that fit correctly. If your shoes are too small or stretched and worn out, you have an increased chance of irritating your skin and causing blisters to form.

  2. Wash your feet every day. It will go a long way toward lowering your risk of infections.

  3. Keep skin dry. Feet stuck in wet socks and shoes are the perfect breeding ground for fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Consider using a foot powder or antiperspirant on the soles of your feet if you tend to sweat profusely. Keep an extra pair of socks with you and change whenever you notice your feet feel damp.

  4. Don’t ignore toe defects. Patients with bunions, hammertoes, and other abnormal toe structures are more likely to develop corns and calluses on the skin of their feet. These are progressive conditions. Get them treated in their earliest stages to prevent skin and other foot problems.

  5. Keep feet covered. It is particularly important in public places with lots of foot traffic like community pools, gyms, and nail salons. Don’t share items that touch another person’s feet. It will significantly lessen your chances of getting warts and other foot infections.

  6. Moisturize your skin after you shower. It will help lock moisture into the skin on your feet and prevent peeling and skin cracks.

For more information on foot skin conditions and how to prevent them, contact us, Feet First Foot Care Specialists (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 26, 2020
Category: foot health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists one of the conditions we see frequently in our Middlesex County patients is the ingrown toenail. Many people mistakenly ignore the first signs of pain associated with a nail that starts to grow down and back into the skin surrounding the nail. However, it quickly progresses to a condition that is incredibly painful. The toe becomes red, swollen, and very tender to the touch and makes wearing shoes and walking extremely difficult. Left untreated, an infection can also set in.

Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails

The most frequent reason ingrown toenails develop is improper nail care. Nails that are cut too short are more likely to grow into the skin. Rounding the edges with a nail file can also encourage ingrown nails.

Other risk factors include:

  • Wearing shoes and socks that are too tight
  • Heredity
  • Fungal infection
  • Faulty foot structure

Getting Relief from Ingrown Toenail Problems

At the first sign of a nail becoming ingrown, soak your foot in warm, soapy water several times a day. This will soften the skin and enable you to massage the skin and hopefully work the nail out. Usually, our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas sees ingrown toenails when they have reached the excruciating stage and patients can’t stand it any longer. The foot doctor will gently numb the affected nail and remove the corner of the nail that is ingrown. For some patients, ingrown toenails are a recurring problem. In severe cases, the podiatrist may need to perform a procedure to prevent the nail from becoming ingrown.

It’s important not to attempt any “bathroom surgeries” on your own and try to cut out an ingrown toenail. This will often lead to an injury or infection. Beware that folk remedies such as sticking a piece of cotton between the nail and the toe or cutting a notch out of the toenail are also ineffective and harmful.

If you have an ingrown toenail that needs treatment, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment today.



 








 

 

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