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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.

Love is in the air this month at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are excited to be celebrating Valentine's Day and American Heart Month. We wholeheartedly believe living a healthy lifestyle can be simple, tasteful, and fun! Cooking more meals at home allows everyone in the family to build better eating habits. Plus, it is a great way to say “I love you” to someone special. Healthy meals are known to promote emotional balance, nourish the heart, and improve podiatric health. Below are a few heartfelt recipes and activities for you to share with your loved ones.

Heart-Healthy Recipes:

  • Sriracha-Glazed Chicken with Paprika Butternut Squash
  • Ginger Pumpkin Bisque
  • Greek Frittata with Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Roasted Red Bell Peppers
  • Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
  • Oatmeal Cherry Cookies
  • Berry Cobbler

These are just a few delicious and easy recipes that you can find on the American Heart Association website. A quick and effortless way to enhance dishes is to add fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs while limiting sugar, sodium, and processed foods. Turn your kitchen into a romantic, five-star restaurant and cook up a delicious recipe together!

Heart-Healthy Activities:

  • Couples Foot Massage
  • Online Meditation Class
  • Take a Winter Walk
  • Go Dancing
  • Try a New Heart-Healthy Recipe
  • Have a Podiatric Checkup Together

The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 active minutes a week. Swelling, feeling cold, hair loss, or cramping in your feet and legs can be a potential indication of heart disease. Several medical conditions are linked to heart diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Stress is one factor that may increase your risk for high blood pressure. Make regular physical activity fun and sign up for a new dance class or take a winter walk around your favorite park. Relieve stress with an online meditation class or a couple’s foot massage!

If you have any concerns about foot discomfort that you or your loved ones may be experiencing do not hesitate to schedule a comprehensive foot examination with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office. Contact our office by calling 860-632-5499 to schedule an appointment.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 27, 2021
Category: Heart Health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we always stress the importance of a total body approach to foot health to our Middlesex County patients. September 29th is World Heart Day and an excellent time to make the connection that a healthy heart benefits your feet and the rest of your body! Keeping arteries clear of plaque and reducing other risk factors for heart disease can happen one step at a time.

Consider the ten options below to make your heart healthier:

  1. Go plant-based one meal a week. Reducing the amount of red meat is one way to lower cholesterol.
  2. Take a dance class (or try Pilates, hiking, ice skating). Choose physical activities for social time with friends and family and multiply heart-healthy effects!
  3. Buy smaller plates. It’s an easy way to reduce portion sizes and help you get to and maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Find what calms you down. Is it coloring, doing puzzles, walking the dog? Look for new ways to destress and then build it into your daily routine.
  5. Schedule regular checkups. There are several other medical conditions associated with heart disease, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Detecting and managing other health problems helps your heart.
  6. Get a step counter. No time for a regular exercise routine? Start by just incorporating more movement into each day. Make multiple trips up the stairs to bring in the groceries, walk while you talk on the phone, park farther away from the grocery store. Look for opportunities to move.
  7. Try a new spice. Too much sodium can increase blood pressure. There are plenty of other ways to season food.
  8. Invent a mocktail. Drinking alcohol in moderation is another way to protect your heart. Instead of 2 drinks, have one and make your second an appealing, no-alcohol concoction. Serve in a pretty glass.
  9. Quit smoking. Period. There are many programs, from hypnosis to the patch. This habit harms your heart, arteries, and lungs, and impedes circulation. Talk to your doctor and finally quit for good.
  10. Be aware of signs of heart disease in your feet and legs. Cramping, feeling cold, hair loss, and swelling may all be potential indicators of heart disease. If you have concerns make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 and talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 08, 2021
Category: Heart Health

Hearts are everywhere and that means it’s time for Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we have some suggestions for how you can celebrate both events with someone you love. After all, the sweetest gift you can give the one you love is a long and healthy life together.

Cook a Romantic (and Healthy) Meal—Heart-healthy eating doesn’t mean bland and tasteless. In fact, the idea is to use more fresh ingredients like vegetables, fruits, and herbs and less processed foods with added fats and sugars. How does Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Sauce sound? Or Grilled Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork with Fried Plantains? These are just a couple of recipes you can find on the American Heart Association’s website. Turn your kitchen into a romantic restaurant and cook up something delicious together!

Go Dancing—Another key to keeping your heart healthy is regular physical activity. The American Heart Association recommends adults get 150 active minutes each week. Dancing is a great way to get in some active time. Two left feet? Consider other active pursuits you and your sweetheart enjoy: hiking, biking, skiing, and make dates to be sure to enjoy them together. If any of your fitness fun causes you pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, be sure to get it checked out promptly by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to set up an appointment.

Couples Massage—whether you go to a luxury spa or do-it-yourself, a relaxing massage also contributes to heart health by reducing stress. Stress is a factor that increases your risk for high blood pressure. Take time away from stressful elements in life to be together. Be deliberate about not bringing stress into your relaxing time. A different setting, quiet music, pleasing scents, or fresh air and sunshine can all say, “we’re away from it all,” and enable you to take a true break.

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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