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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.

The recent snow and cold temperatures have set the scene for winter fun! At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our Middlesex County patients to get out and safely enjoy skiing, ice skating, sledding, snowboarding, or simply taking a winter wonderland walk.

5 ways to avoid common podiatric problems and injuries associated with winter sports:

  1. Always wear the proper footwear for the activity. Good traction is key in slippery conditions. If you’re out walking, choose boots with deep treads on the sole, not a smooth surface. Check winter sport boots to ensure they don’t need replacement. For children especially, check that they haven’t outgrown their current footwear. When renting ski boots and skates, be sure the size is correct—even if it means a few extra minutes before you can hit the ice or the slopes.

  2. Enlist the aid of good socks. Keeping feet warm and dry will enable you to enjoy your sport comfortably for several hours. While multiple pairs may help, the material of the socks also matters. Look for thin, moisture-wicking synthetic socks to wear closest to your skin, and add a second heavier pair on top for warmth. Reducing sweat means reducing friction, and the chances of getting a blister that ruins your winter fun. Padded socks can also decrease blister risk and increase comfort.

  3. Know your limits. No double black diamond or expert courses for beginners, or those that haven’t been on the slopes in a while. Choose the duration and difficulty level of your outing to coincide with your current fitness and ability level to avoid sprainsfractures, and other sports injuries. Use proper form and warm up before you start.

  4. Take time for daily care. Massaging in a rich moisturizer after showering and before bed will help prevent painful heel cracks, a common condition during the winter. Applying foot powder or roll-on antiperspirant in the morning to the soles of your feet will help them stay dry and reduce the risk of athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.

  5. Don’t play through pain. If you believe you have injured your foot or ankle somehow, stop. Continuing to put weight on the injured foot will only result in a worse or possibly even an additional injury. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to arrange to see our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. While you wait for your appointment, use the RICE regimen (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), and stay off the affected foot as much as possible.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 03, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Have you had enough of winter in Middlesex County? If you’re ready to take a trip to a warmer climate, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists want to offer some packing tips. Although we’re pretty certain you won’t forget your bathing suit and sunglasses, there may be a few items you haven’t thought of that will make the trip safer and more comfortable for your feet.

Here are our suggestions:

  • A trusted walking shoe. If you picked up a pair of strappy sandals at the end of summer clearance last year, you may be itching to wear them. It’s fine to pack them, but make sure they’re not your only shoes. Travel days especially require comfortable shoes with good arch support, cushioned heel cup, and wide toe box to ensure catching your flight doesn’t end with blisters or an ankle sprain.

  • Flip-flops. Although you’ll never hear us recommending flip-flops as a good choice of footwear, they do have one excellent use: keeping your feet covered around pools, beach bathrooms and other public places where there’s a risk of contracting fungal infections. Any place that’s moist, warm, and has many people with bare feet walking around, is a prime locale for getting athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. If you notice any odd rashes or other symptoms on your feet or nails when you return, make an appointment promptly at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499.

  • Moleskin. Even shoes that fit properly can start to rub on your feet if you perspire. You can stop a blister from forming by applying a small piece of moleskin over a spot that starts to feel irritated.

  • Water bottle. Feet are more likely to swell in hot climates, and when they do, shoes begin to feel tight and hurt. Drinking plenty of water will help reduce the risk of uncomfortable edema.

  • Nail clippers and emery board. A rough or jagged nail may not seem like a major problem—until it is snagged on your beach towel and tears.

  • Mini first aid kit. Just in case, have some bandages and antibiotic ointment to treat minor scrapes and cuts on your feet.

  • Footgear. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a brace, custom orthotic or another device as part of treatment for a podiatric condition, be sure to bring it with you to avoid foot pain and injury while you’re away.

Come see us for all of your foot and ankle care needs. Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC  162 West St., Suite K, Cromwell, CT 06416  860-632-5499




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