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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 22, 2019
Category: fall prevention

In May we celebrate Older Americans Month. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, one of our goals is to educate our patients about the best ways to be proactive about their podiatric health. For senior patients, falls are a problem that can cause debilitating injuries like fractures and ankle sprains to the feet (or the rest of your body). You may be shocked to learn that every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Below are some fall risks you may have never thought about.

Foot Pain that’s Untreated—when your feet or ankles hurt, it can cause you to alter the way you walk to avoid the pain. This can throw you off balance and cause a trip or fall. This is why it’s essential that you don’t put off seeking treatment for foot pain or other symptoms like stiffness or numbness. If you are experiencing any discomfort in your lower extremities, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can diagnose your problem and prescribe the correct treatment.

Medication Changes—certain drugs or combinations of drugs can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. It’s a good idea to periodically review the complete list of medications you are taking with the pharmacist or doctor to find out if there are any negative interactions or side effects that could lead to a fall.

Neglecting Eye and Ear Checkups—poor vision or hearing loss will definitely contribute to your ability to navigate your environment safely. Follow your doctor’s recommended schedule of checkups and update prescriptions for glasses and/or hearing aids promptly.

Lack of Exercise—the less active you become, the more likely that joints will stiffen and range of motion in your knees and feet will decrease. This can cause you to stumble. In addition to your regular exercise regimen, consider a class that specifically focuses on building balance to further reduce your risk of falls.

Inadequate Lighting—stairways that are dim or hallways you need to use at night to get to the bathroom should all be properly lit so that you can see clearly – even at night.

Worn Out Shoes—shoes that are stretched out or have holes or worn treads can be a tripping hazard. Toss shoes when they no longer fit properly.

Preventing falls is just one way to protect your foot health. If you have questions about other foot care issues, contact us today.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 26, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Sometimes it feels like having a human body is a full-time job. That’s because it is! Keeping ourselves happy and healthy can be time-consuming, but is more than worth the effort. Keeping your feet happy is a sure-fire way to help prolong their health and keep an eye on physical changes as they occur.

Here are the top 4 ways you can keep your feet happy and benefit you today, tomorrow, and in days to come:

Regularly moisturizing your feet - keeping our skin hydrated and moisturized not only helps our skin feel better to the touch, but it can also keep it healthy by preventing us from drying out and becoming vulnerable to cracked skin and infections. This will give you a great opportunity to inspect your feet for any physical changes.

Gentle self-massage - giving yourself a gentle foot massage before bedtime, or any time of the day that you prefer, is a great way to relieve both physical and mental stress. Massage relaxes both your muscles and your mind. It can even help increase blood flow and help you sleep better.

Replacing old shoes - no matter how many times you massage your feet at the end of the day, it won’t prevent the damage that old and unsupportive shoes can cause. To get the most out of your self-care routine, be sure to keep your shoes new and of higher quality with proper fit and support for your feet and ankles.

Regular check-ups with a podiatrist - all in all, nothing is more important than following up with your podiatrist on a regular basis. For people with well-managed foot issues, every six months to one year is ideal. Make sure your hard work is paying off by having a foot doctor check your progress!

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas believes the health of your feet and ankles comes first. Don’t wait! Schedule your next appointment in Cromwell, Connecticut by calling us at (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
February 18, 2019
Category: podiatric medicine
Tags: podiatrist   fall arches   diagnose   treatments   diseases   illness  

The medical world is growing more knowledgeable with each passing day. Scientists and doctors are working hard to make new discoveries, create new treatments, and help their patients thrive in less painful and more affordable ways. With more treatment methods than ever, it’s hard to come up with reasons why you shouldn’t see a podiatrist for preventative care and treatment of existing issues!

There are hundreds of conditions, diseases, and illnesses that can have a negative impact on the health of our feet and ankles. The average person isn’t expected to know how to diagnose their foot problems - this is where a doctor specializing in foot medicine comes in! Otherwise known as a podiatrist, these doctors specialize in medical issues pertaining to the feet. Out of the many reasons why you should consider establishing care with a trusted podiatrist like Dr. Adam Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, here are ten of the most common reasons we see patients walk into our office:

  • Fast or slowly-developing lumps and bumps
  • Fallen arches and flat feet
  • Bunions and scrunched toes, i.e. foot deformities
  • Discomfort or pain that alters the way you walk
  • Foot pain that gets worse with physical activity
  • Slow-healing wounds or wounds that don’t seem to heal at all
  • Swelling in the feet or ankles
  • Tingling, burning, or numbness in the feet
  • Discoloration of the skin on your feet
  • Stubborn pain that doesn’t subside easily or won’t subside with rest
     

All of these are tell-tale signs of foot issues that call for an appointment with a podiatrist. Don’t wait until your pain or discomfort worsens, be proactive about your foot care! Visit us at our location in Cromwell, Connecticut to address your concerns. Call us at 860-632-5499 and start relieving your foot pain today. 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
October 24, 2018
Category: circulation
Tags: podiatrist  

Varicose veins are often seen as mostly a cosmetic issue, but they can come with a whole slew of other problems. As the weather gets colder, here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists we see an increase in the number of patients who are dealing with varicose vein issues. There are plenty of myths that prevent patients from seeking varicose vein treatment when they should. That’s why we put together these facts about varicose veins.

What causes varicose veins?

When blood leaks from a weakened valve and pools, it causes a vein to swell. If you’re someone who is on your feet all day, gravity can play a part in exacerbating it. This is because it strains your veins to pump blood up to the heart from your legs and feet.

Myth #1: Varicose veins never hurt.

Many of our patients with varicose veins do not experience any uncomfortable symptoms, but for a lot of people these veins can cause:

  • Pain
  • Aches
  • A tired or heavy sensation in your legs
  • Dry and itchy skin surrounding the varicose vein

These are the symptoms that most often bring patients in to see a podiatrist. Dryness caused by cooler weather or pain caused by long hours on your feet can make these symptoms even worse.

Myth #2: Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue; they’re not actually harmful.

While it’s true that varicose veins are completely harmless for most people, they can often signal a circulation or blood flow issue in the body. Diabetes and other diseases often have associated circulatory issues that can present as varicose veins. A foot doctor can help examine your varicose veins and see if there is a link to a more serious medical issue.

Myth #3: You can’t treat varicose veins.


There are actually a number of ways you can relieve the symptoms of varicose veins. Try some of the following:

  • Avoid wearing tight socks or stockings.
  • Change your position frequently – go from sitting to standing a couple times a day; take walks or sitting breaks.
  • Exercise regularly to improve circulation and maintain a healthy weight.
  • In severe cases, a minor surgical procedure can help to eliminate a varicose vein.

If varicose veins are vexing you, make an appointment today at Feet First Foot Care Specialists! Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up to date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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