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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.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 08, 2022
Category: nutrition

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, each year during March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. National Nutrition Month invites everyone to learn about making informed food choices and provides the basics for developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Having a balanced eating pattern is important since no single food or food group provides all the nutrients needed for good health. A healthy lifestyle benefits your mind and body, but did you know it helps your feet too?

One of the most common causes of heel pain is inflammation. The resulting condition, plantar fasciitis, in combination with other inflammatory conditions like arthritis and painful arches, is aggravated by eating certain foods such as:

  • Foods made with white flour like desserts, snacks, and pasta
  • Certain vegetable oils, including corn, soybean, and sunflower oils
  • Foods high in trans-fats and sugar
  • Animal protein sources that are high in saturated fats, such as red meat

Opt for a Healthy Diet to Benefit Foot Health

Celebrate National Nutrition Month throughout the year with these easy additions:

  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods
  • Create tasty foods at home
  • Try different fruits and vegetables depending on what time of year it is
  • Choose ingredients with different textures and colors for a variety

Make Physical Activity Part of Your Day

While exercise may sound intimidating to some people, it doesn’t have to be! Any type and amount of activity are better than none. To “move more and sit less,” it’s helpful to find activities that you find enjoyable. The recommendation for adults is 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.

Try these tips to get started:

  • Plan ways to gradually increase your physical activity. It could involve setting reminders to move more throughout the day or scheduling times to be active during the week.
  • Think about the best time for physical activity. Some people prefer to be active in the morning, whereas others dedicate time midday or after school or work.
  • Decide how you want to be active. Walking is convenient for many people. However, others may choose to participate in specific exercise programs.

If you experience any foot or ankle pain, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule a comprehensive foot examination with our trusted podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mukinskas, or visit our website for more information.

Love is in the air this month at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are excited to be celebrating Valentine's Day and American Heart Month. We wholeheartedly believe living a healthy lifestyle can be simple, tasteful, and fun! Cooking more meals at home allows everyone in the family to build better eating habits. Plus, it is a great way to say “I love you” to someone special. Healthy meals are known to promote emotional balance, nourish the heart, and improve podiatric health. Below are a few heartfelt recipes and activities for you to share with your loved ones.

Heart-Healthy Recipes:

  • Sriracha-Glazed Chicken with Paprika Butternut Squash
  • Ginger Pumpkin Bisque
  • Greek Frittata with Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Roasted Red Bell Peppers
  • Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
  • Oatmeal Cherry Cookies
  • Berry Cobbler

These are just a few delicious and easy recipes that you can find on the American Heart Association website. A quick and effortless way to enhance dishes is to add fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs while limiting sugar, sodium, and processed foods. Turn your kitchen into a romantic, five-star restaurant and cook up a delicious recipe together!

Heart-Healthy Activities:

  • Couples Foot Massage
  • Online Meditation Class
  • Take a Winter Walk
  • Go Dancing
  • Try a New Heart-Healthy Recipe
  • Have a Podiatric Checkup Together

The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 active minutes a week. Swelling, feeling cold, hair loss, or cramping in your feet and legs can be a potential indication of heart disease. Several medical conditions are linked to heart diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Stress is one factor that may increase your risk for high blood pressure. Make regular physical activity fun and sign up for a new dance class or take a winter walk around your favorite park. Relieve stress with an online meditation class or a couple’s foot massage!

If you have any concerns about foot discomfort that you or your loved ones may be experiencing do not hesitate to schedule a comprehensive foot examination with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office. Contact our office by calling 860-632-5499 to schedule an appointment.

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.


 








 

 

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