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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.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 19, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: walking   foot health   ankle health  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know walking has more benefits than ever for our Middlesex County patients.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends walking for several reasons, including:

  • Controls weight
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Releases endorphins which relieve depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Lowers the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Improves circulation

During the pandemic, walking has the added benefit of being done while maintaining a safe social distance. Convinced you should try it?

Check out these tips to ensure maximum benefits from walking, while protecting the health of your feet and ankles:

  • Choose the Right Shoes—the only piece of equipment you need for walking is a pair of good walking shoes. Buy your shoes at a store specializing in sports and fitness footwear, and get your feet professionally measured. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a custom orthotic, make sure you bring it with you to try on with the walking shoes you are considering purchasing. Improper footwear can cause many podiatric issues, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and ankle injuries.

  • Follow a Sound Program—if you’re new to walking for fitness or have been inactive for an extended period, be sure to choose a regimen that has you starting slowly and gradually building in intensity and duration. You should also stretch before and after walking to reduce the risk of injury and soreness.

  • Listen to Your Feet—while a little bit of soreness is normal for muscles getting a workout, pain, whether acute or intermittent, is not. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Ignoring discomfort when walking can lead to a stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, or other debilitating injuries. If you experience pain while walking or after you stop, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment as soon as possible to get it evaluated.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
August 18, 2020
Category: community outreach
Tags: back to school   foot health  

At Feet First Foot Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County families are anxious about what the new school year will bring with the COVID pandemic. Whether your children are going back to the classroom full-time, distance-learning, or some hybrid combination, there are steps you can take to reduce fears and help your children learn as much as possible in the current climate.

  • Do: try to maintain the back to school rituals your child is familiar with. It may include shopping for new clothes and shoes, which is valuable even if distance learning will be the order of the day. Just like adults who work from home, having a routine that involves getting out of your pajamas and dressed for the workday helps set a productive tone. If your child has developed any foot or ankle pain over the summer, make sure you contact our Cromwell office for an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to have it evaluated. The foot doctor may have recommendations about shoes that will best address any podiatric issues your child is having.
  • Don’t: gloss over the changes children will be facing. It’s best to address concerns head-on. Will I have to wear a mask? Am I allowed to talk to my friends? Will there still be gym class? Will I get sick? These are just a few of the worries your child may have. Encourage them to ask questions and do your best to give truthful, reassuring answers.
  • Do: find opportunities for peer socialization. Sitting behind a screen can’t provide the necessary social interaction that is part of the education experience. If going into the classroom isn’t an option, try to arrange safe, in-person study opportunities, perhaps outdoors with masks and 6-foot distancing.
  • Do: make sure where ever learning is to take place your child is well-equipped with the supplies they need. For at-home learning, that may mean rearranging space to create a dedicated area for learning and upgrading internet and router capabilities.
  • Don’t: forget physical activity and fun. If traditional gym classes are not happening for your child, remember the recommended is still that they get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Schedule time for walks, bike rides, or sports as possible. Not only will this help keep your child in shape, but it will also give him or her a healthy outlet to blow off steam and help cope with the stress this new school year may bring.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s foot health, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you and your family.
860-632-5499, 162 West St Ste K, Cromwell, CT 06416.



 








 

 

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