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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.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients have put a lot of life on hold during the stay at home phase of COVID 19. Now that the state is starting to re-open, it’s time to take care of some podiatric health care issues that may have taken a back seat in recent months. 

Get Necessary Medical Care

If you suffer from an ongoing condition such as diabetes, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis, it’s important that you get any care, treatments, or preventive checkups that were postponed during the pandemic. Delaying podiatric healthcare can have serious long-term consequences. Contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to get the care you need.

Re-Boot Your Fitness Plan

If you spent most of the stay at home time in your home office chair or on the couch, your level of physical activity might have decreased significantly. Pair that with some “comfort eating,” and you’ve got a recipe for getting out of shape quickly. Deliberately re-starting your exercise regimen can help you both physically and mentally. It all starts in your head. Visualize your fitness goals and then decide if you want to go back to a familiar routine or try something new. If you’ve been inactive for a while, remember to start up slowly and don’t neglect warm-ups and stretches to prevent foot and ankle injuries.

Check Your Shoes

Buying new shoes may have been low on your priority list for the last few months, but one of the top causes of foot pain is wearing shoes that are worn out or don’t fit properly. Inventory your shoe closet and get rid of shoes that are stretched out, damaged, or show other signs of wear. Don’t forget to check your workout shoes as well.

If you start to experience any new foot or ankle pain, contact us promptly, 860-632-5499

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Each year, over 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States. In fact, it’s the most common form of cancer that people get. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know many of our Middlesex County patients are itching to get out on Connecticut beaches, so it’s a good time pass on some prevention tips in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Avoid direct exposure when the sun is at its strongest. That means during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. make sure there’s a source of shade nearby if you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period.
  • Use a good sunscreen. By good, we mean a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin from the harmful effects of both UVA and UVB rays. It should have a minimum SPF of 15. If your fun in the sun includes water or excessive perspiration, a water-resistant variety is important.
  • Apply properly. Sunscreen only works when it’s covering your skin. Sounds obvious, but that means you need to apply carefully making sure no areas are missed. It’s also important to re-apply every two hours or after you’ve been swimming. Remember too, that sun damage can occur on short walks to work or running out to get lunch. Anytime your skin will be exposed, apply sunscreen before going out.
  • Never use tanning beds. Indoor tanning beds raise your risk for all kinds of cancer, even with a single-use. Using a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases your risk for melanoma by 75%.
  • Examine the skin on your feet (and the rest of your body) regularly. Watch for new moles, freckles, or lesions and monitor existing ones for changes.

Anytime that you notice an unusual symptom in your feet, it’s best to contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 and arranging a consultation. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas will examine your feet and to diagnose your condition and determine the appropriate course of treatment.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
April 13, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot health   foot care tips  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that all of our Middlesex County patients are focused on staying healthy during this time of the coronavirus. It’s also a good time to consider the health of your feet. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, and we want to pass on some information on how to take good care of your feet.  They will carry you where you want to go for many years to come.

  1. Get a visual. Regularly examining your feet is one of the best weapons against foot health problems. Early detection means less invasive treatments and quicker recoveries for many podiatric disorders. Look for changes in the shape of your feet, bruises, growths, discoloration of nails or skin, swelling, or anything else unusual. Report anything concerning to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, so that it can be evaluated.
  2. Keep it clean. One simple way to improve the health of your feet is with a good care regimen. Start by washing your feet every day with soap and water. Apply a rich moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin and cracking. Use foot powder before putting on socks if your feet tend to sweat in excess. These steps can go a long way toward preventing athlete’s foot and other infections
  3. Stay active. Even in this time of social isolation, it’s important to commit to regular physical exercise. Your feet benefit by maintaining flexibility and good circulation. Physical activity also helps keep your weight down, which helps reduce foot pain and lowers your risk for several conditions, such as plantar fasciitis.
  4. Keep your feet covered. Toenail fungus and other foot infections spread by direct contact. Wearing flip-flops or shower shoes when you are at the gym, town pool, dance studio, and other public places when they re-open will reduce your risk dramatically.
  5. Choose shoes wisely. Look for well-made styles that have heels two inches or lower, roomy toe boxes, and cushioned insoles. Now is a good time to go through your shoe wardrobe and discard stretched out pairs, have flattened insoles, unevenly worn heels, or visible damage.

Even with the coronavirus going on, if you have foot pain or other uncomfortable symptoms, please contact our Cromwell office
at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 10, 2020
Category: Heart Health
Tags: heart health   foot health  

It’s American Heart Month, and at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our Middlesex County patients to have the facts about heart disease.

Consider these statistics:

  • Heart disease is the biggest killer in our country, taking the lives of more people than all forms of cancer combined.

  • 72% of Americans don’t consider themselves to be at risk for heart disease.

  • 83% believe that it’s possible to prevent heart attacks but aren’t motivated to do anything.

It’s true that there has been a significant advance in medicine in the field of heart health.  Still, unhealthy lifestyle choices—primary among these being the continual rise in obesity rates—have made fighting heart disease difficult.

Being overweight also carries consequences for your feet, including:

  • Excessive pressure on joints, increasing the risk and pain of arthritis

  • Increased risk for several podiatric conditions including plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and sesamoiditis, to name a few

  • Decreases your ability to be active, which in turn reduces your ability to lose weight

Take Small Steps

Experience shows that trying to make multiple, dramatic changes all at once is not usually successful. In addition, fad diets that promise fast weight loss tend to have short-lived results. Instead, try some of these simple changes to decrease calories in and increase calories burned:

  • Re-design your dinner plate. Start by filling half of your plate with vegetables and salad. Then use one quarter for lean protein and the last quarter for carbohydrates (starches).

  • Use a smaller size plate to reduce portion size.

  • Make smart swaps: low-fat milk for full fat, salted caramel yogurt for ice cream, flavored seltzer for soda.

  • Find more ways to move. Choose the parking space furthest away from stores and your office. Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. Walk while you talk on the phone.

  • Make exercise social. Instead of meeting for drinks, suggest a walk in the park. Join a dance class or hiking club.

If increases in physical activity cause pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, contact our Cromwell office promptly so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet and get to the root of the problem.



 








 

 

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