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At Feet First Foot Care, we want all our Middlesex County patients to enjoy the warmer weather and maintain a healthy lifestyle comfortably. Every April, the Foot Health Awareness initiative educates people about preserving the health of their feet. It is also the time of the year when people begin to trade in their boots for sneakers and sandals. To continue to keep your body and lower extremities healthy during National Foot Health Awareness Month and beyond, here are several ways you can develop healthy habits and keep your feet injury and pain-free. 

 

Schedule A Check-Up

Foot problems may result from poorly fitting shoes or an underlying health problem like diabetes or obesity. Symptoms may be obvious but, at other times, be less noticeable. If you or anyone you know is experiencing any pain or discomfort in the lower extremities, schedule a check-up appointment with your podiatrist. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has been specially trained in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions. 

 

Assess Your Current Footwear

Put your best foot forward this month by reviewing your footwear. The average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day, nearly three million steps per year. It’s essential to find shoes that work for your feet. Shoes that work for you may be different for someone else. When figuring out which shoes work for you, start by asking yourself:

● “Are these shoes comfortable?” 

● “Do these shoes rub my feet anywhere?” 

● “Do I slip out of these shoes easily?”

 

Improve Foot Health

With 26 bones plus 33 joints, our feet serve as the foundation for the rest of our body. We recommend the following tips to maintain proper foot health:

● Inspect feet daily.

● Dry your feet and between your toes after showering to avoid fungal infections. Then, moisturize your feet and heels with a good lotion.

● Stretch your feet, ankles, and lower legs daily to keep the muscles strong and avoid injury.

● Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Excess weight puts pressure on the feet leading to general foot pain, heel pain, stress fractures, circulatory problems, and arthritis.

● Wear shoes with good support and a low heel.

● Don’t play doctor! If you suffer from a toe, foot, or ankle injury, seek medical attention from a podiatrist. The sooner you are treated, the better your outcome. 

 

To schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office, please call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information. 

Each January, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists recognize a special event: National Measure Your Feet Day. Why devote an entire day to this task? Well, for starters, it's estimated that as many as 80-90% of people are wearing the wrong size shoes. Improperly fitting shoes can lead to many foot problems such as bunionshammertoesplantar fasciitis, and even ingrown toenails. It's also not uncommon for foot size to change as you age. Ligaments and tendons naturally stretch and relax over time, leading to an increase in shoe size. Weight gain and pregnancy are two other potential causes of feet getting larger. So, this month we encourage all our Middlesex County patients to get their feet professionally measured at a reputable shoe store.

Below are 5 helpful tips for shoe shopping to help you get the right footwear fit:

  1. Check-in with the podiatrist. It is especially important if you have a chronic disorder such as diabetesbunions, flat feet, or Haglund's deformity. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine your feet and recommend footwear to accommodate your condition. The podiatrist may prescribe a custom orthotic device for specific biomechanical foot problems. It's important to take the orthotic to the shoe store with you and try on with the footwear you are considering.
  2. Shop for shoes late afternoon or evening. Shopping at the end of the day means you'll be trying on shoes when your feet are at their largest, so they'll be comfortable all through your day. The longer you are on your feet, the more they swell.
  3. Get both your feet measured. You may be surprised to find that one of your feet is bigger than the other, but this is common. The shoes you buy should feel comfortable on the largest foot.
  4. Wiggle your toes. The toe box should be spacious and made of a material that allows your feet free movement inside. There should be about ½ inch (a thumb’s width) of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  5. Don’t rush. Try on both shoes and take your time walking around the store for several minutes to make sure the shoes don’t rub or hurt anywhere on your feet. There should be no “breaking in” period with a new pair of shoes. They should feel comfortable from the moment you buy them.

We hope 2022 is a great year for all our patients. If you have any concerns about the health of your feet or ankles, don’t hesitate to contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
March 15, 2021
Category: foot pain

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are seeing an increase in Middlesex County patients' visits with unexplained foot pain. Patients are particularly puzzled because many of them have been doing very little except working from home and have severely limited their activities due to the COVID restrictions. If you're one of these people, we have one question for you: Are you wearing shoes when you're at home? If you answered no, that might be the cause of your foot pain.

The Problem of Going Barefoot

It’s a common habit for many people to come home at the end of the day and kick their shoes off. Going barefoot or wearing your favorite cozy slippers may seem natural and relaxing, but what about when you’re not “coming home?” If you never leave the house and barefoot has become your daily “shoe” of choice, you may notice your feet don’t feel so good.

Some podiatric disorders that can result from too much time out of shoes include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis—pain in the heel caused by inflammation of the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from the heel to toes
  • Metatarsalgia—a sharp or burning pain in the ball of your foot
  • Achilles tendonitis—usually identifiable by pain, aching, or soreness in the back of your lower leg anywhere from the calf to the top of your heel

Why Wearing Shoes Helps

One of the most important ways shoes help prevent the above conditions is by providing your foot with arch support. When your arch flattens as it tends to do when you walk barefoot or wear shoes like slippers or flip flops with no arch support, it places strain on other parts of your foot and leg. It, in turn, leads to inflammation and pain. Besides helping prevent the above conditions, wearing shoes also protect your feet and toes from getting stubbed or banged on hard objects and from cuts or puncture wounds.

If you’re experiencing pain in your toes, feet, ankles, or legs, make an appointment at our Cromwell office for an appointment today by calling 860-632-5499 so our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet and get to the source of your discomfort. In the meantime, put on a good pair of shoes—even if you’re staying home!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 22, 2021
Category: senior foot care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know feet have unique needs at every stage of life. We’re committed to helping our Middlesex County patients be proactive in taking care of their feet at every age. We’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to aid in good foot health for our senior patients. 

Don’t: put off getting foot pain evaluated. It’s not normal for your feet to hurt if you’re a senior citizen! At any age, pain is your body’s way of saying, “there’s a problem.” The sooner you seek treatment for foot and ankle discomfort, the better the chances our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will be able to treat your condition with conservative measures and successful results.

Do: perform your foot self-exams between podiatric checkups. Being familiar with your feet will make it much easier to spot abnormalities like changes in shape or size, growths, bruises, toes that appear to be moving out of place, and skin or nail discolorations that can all be the early signs of a foot problem. If you are concerned about anything you find, contact our Cromwell office for an appointment by calling 860-632-5499.

Do: check your shoes for signs of wear. Shoes that are stretched out or have worn down soles or heels are not only likely to result in foot pain.  They may also cause a fall. When buying new shoes, get your feet measured professionally. It’s not unusual for foot size to increase as you age.

Don’t: neglect other medical appointments. Taking care of your eyes, heart, bones, and other parts of your body will also benefit your feet. Many systemic medical conditions can harm your feet if not managed, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Do: exercise regularly. It will have several benefits for your feet, including helping your stay at an appropriate weight, improving circulation, and maintaining flexibility.

Do: keep feet clean and dry. A simple hygiene routine can go a long way in helping prevent fungal and other foot infections.

If you have additional questions about how to best care for your feet, don’t hesitate to contact us today 860-632-5499.



 








 

 

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