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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 15, 2020
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that our Middlesex County patients are ready to enjoy some summer fun after months of being stuck inside with the coronavirus pandemic. One particular part of our patient population, however, that needs to take extra precautions to protect their feet during the summer months is people with diabetes. Neuropathy (or nerve damage) is a common condition associated with diabetes that can decrease your ability to accurately perceive pain, itchiness, and other sensations in your feet that would signal a potential injury or problem.

Here are four podiatric problems to look out for that have an increased risk during the summer months.

  1. Sunburn—people often forget about their feet when it comes to sun exposure. If you are wearing sandals or other open-style shoes that expose the skin on your feet, it’s essential that you apply sunscreen even if you are only going out for a short while to shop or walk the dog. When spending time at the pool or beach, remember to be generous with the sunscreen on the tops and soles of your feet and reapply every time you go in the water.

  2. Blisters—excessive perspiration increases the friction between feet and footwear and raises the risk for blisters to form. Watch for signs of redness in places where straps rub on your heel or forefoot and also the space between your toes if you are wearing flip-flops. Carrying a piece of moleskin with you and apply to any area that feels sore or looks like it’s getting red.

  3. Fungal Infections—summer brings more opportunities for people to walk barefoot. This greatly increases the risk for transmitting fungal toenails, athlete’s foot, and other infections which are spread by direct contact. Keep your feet covered if you have diabetes. This will also help protect against cuts and puncture wounds.

  4. Corns—if you have a bunion, hammertoe, or other deformities, you could be in danger of developing corns on parts of your toes or feet that have increased pressure from your shoes. With the switch over to summer styles, check frequently to be sure no damage is being done to the skin on your feet.

Inspecting your feet daily is the best way to detect a foot problem before it develops into a potential medical threat. If you notice anything unusual or concerning, don’t hesitate to contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499 to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to caring for your feet if you have diabetes.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 07, 2019
Category: skin conditions

Psoriasis is a disease that appears as a skin condition on your legs and feet (as well as on other parts of your body). August is Psoriasis Action Month and we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists want our patients to know more about this disorder and how to spot it.

Do: recognize the seriousness of psoriasis. Although it appears as a skin problem, psoriasis is actually caused by a dysfunctional immune system. Patients with this chronic disease produce new skin cells which surface far too rapidly, and that results in thick patches of inflamed skin. Some patients will also develop psoriatic arthritis which causes pain and inflammation in the joints. For your feet, ankles and toes, this can be particularly debilitating.

Do: know the symptoms of psoriasis. There are several types of psoriasis, each of which may look different. The most common symptoms include thickened patches of skin with red, white or a silverish- gray appearance. It can show up on one or two small spots or it can be widespread. These skin patches can be itchy and become painful over time.

Don’t: delay making an appointment at our Cromwell office calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can evaluate any skin symptoms you are experiencing. Oftentimes patients mistake psoriasis for a case of athlete’s foot or another fungal infection.

Do: check your fingernails for signs of psoriasis as well. Practice proper nail care: keep nails trimmed short and straight across and file away rough edges to prevent injury. Injury can be a trigger for a psoriasis flare-up.

Don’t: be concerned about “catching” psoriasis from another person. It is not contagious. Scientists believe that psoriasis sufferers have a genetic predisposition for the condition that is then activated by exposure to certain triggers. Known triggers include certain medications, stress, skin injury and infection. Not all triggers affect patients similarly.

If you have additional questions about psoriasis and your feet, contact us.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 01, 2019
Category: Toenail Fungus

Discolored, thickened toenails that are crumbly on the edges and peeling signal a fungal infection. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists we find that many patients put off getting fungal toenails treated because they may not cause pain initially. But these infections often lead to secondary bacterial or yeast infections around the nail plate which can be quite painful and inhibit your ability to walk. Fungal infections can also spread to other parts of the body and other people. For this reason, it’s imperative that you get any suspicious-looking toenails evaluated promptly by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, so that he can prescribe the proper treatment.

Of course, not getting a fungal toenail infection in the first place is even better than having one successfully treated.

Take the following precautions to reduce your risk of a fungal toenail infection:

  1. Always wear flip flops or shower shoes when using public facilities like community pools, gyms and sports clubs.
  2. Keep feet dry. If you sweat profusely, carry and extra pair of socks and change as soon as you notice your feet feel damp.
  3. Use a talcum or anti-fungal foot powder.
  4. Wash feet daily with soap and water and dry completely before putting on socks or shoes.
  5. Choose shoes made of breathable materials that fit well and are not tight in the toe box area.
  6. Don’t share nail clippers, files or pedicure tools with anyone. If you get professional pedicures, be sure your salon follows the proper sanitizing procedures for foot baths and tools.
  7. If someone in your household has a fungal infection, disinfect showers between uses and do not use the same towels or any other items that may touch the infected person’s feet.

These simple tips can help you avoid contracting a fungal nail or other bacterial or viral foot infection. If you have concerns about any of your toenails, contact our Cromwell office today by calling: (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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