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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
February 22, 2022
Category: fall prevention

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we understand aging is inevitable, and foot problems could be one of the first signs of aging. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls have become the leading cause of injury among Americans aged 65 and older. Addressing early warning signs can make a big difference in the overall well-being of seniors. We always want our Middlesex County patients to stay healthy and safe. Below, you will find a collection of facts about falling, commonly asked questions, and our best senior foot care tips.

 

Facts About Falling

  • One out of five falls causes a serious injury (such as broken bones or a head injury).
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • In 2015, the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75% of these costs.
  • Feet kept clean and healthy helps keep your balance, so falls are less likely.

 

What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?

 

What Can Happen After a Fall?

  • Falls can cause sprained or even broken toes and ankles
  • Falls can cause head injuries
  • Stiffness or numbness in legs and feet

 

What Are the Signs “Senior Care” Is Needed?

  • Foot pain that gets worse with physical activity
  • Slow-healing wounds or wounds that don’t heal at all
  • Swelling in the feet and ankles
  • Discomfort or pain that alters the way you walk
  • Tingling, burning, or numbness in the feet

 

Foot Care Tips for Seniors

  • Wear loose-fitting dry, clean socks every day
  • Establish a healthy foot care routine
  • Perform self-examinations between podiatrist visits (note: this is not a substitute for a physical examination.)
  • Keep feet moisturized
  • Keep nails clipped, straight down to the toenail

 

At Feet First Foot Care, establishing a routine visit with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is easy. Please call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or schedule online via our website, and our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we often see Middlesex County patients suffering from poor circulation but are unaware of it. Your circulatory system is responsible for bringing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to every cell in your body. Since your feet are the part of you farthest from the heart, they may be the first to send up warning signs indicating a slow circulation down. Below are some symptoms that may indicate poor circulation:              

  • Feet frequently feel cold, regardless of temperature where you are

  • Feelings of numbness

  • Skin discoloration turning blue, red, white, or purple

  • Hair loss on legs, feet, and toes

  • Dry skin, cracking

  • Wounds seem to be slow to heal

  • Weak toenails

Causes of poor circulation

For some patients, circulation may be impeded when they spend time outside in the cold or stand or sit in one position for a long period. Poor circulation can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition, including:

  • Diabetes—when you don’t manage diabetes effectively and blood glucose levels remain high for an extended period; blood vessels can be damaged.

  • Raynaud’s Disease— condition causes blood vessels to narrow when exposed to cold temperatures. Raynaud's can also trigger stress and another illness or medical treatment, such as chemotherapy.

  • Arteriosclerosis—high blood pressure can result in a hardening of the arteries.

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease— is characterized by plaque buildup in the arteries, which restricts blood flow.

Improving Circulation

Suppose you recognize any of the signs of poor circulation. In that case, it's important that you make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can examine your feet and ankles. The foot doctor will determine if poor circulation is present and track down the source. There are some steps you can take at home to improve circulation to your feet. These include:

  • Stay active

  • Don’t sit with legs crossed

  • Stop smoking

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol

  • Wear compression socks

  • Keep feet warm

If you have questions about poor circulation and your feet, contact us, 860-632-5499 for your appointment.

During May, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists celebrate Older Americans Month. We are pleased to offer excellent foot care to Middlesex County patients of all ages. One issue that is of particular importance to our senior patients is preventing falls. It’s estimated one in four Americans over the age of 65 falls each year. Falls can have devastating consequences that extend way beyond the injury itself. Studies show patients who suffer a fall may lose confidence about going out and participating in activities they previously enjoyed out of fear of falling again. It can lead to isolation and a loss of independence.

Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to decrease your risk of falling.
Here are five steps to consider:

  1. Stay Ahead of Foot Pain—believe it or not, one of the most frequent causes of falls is foot problems. When your feet hurt, you tend to change the way you walk to prevent the pain. It, in turn, can throw you off balance and cause a fall. Treat foot pain promptly! Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 and arrange an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to diagnose and treat any podiatric problems you may be experiencing.
  2. Get Rid of Worn-Out Shoes—another hazard that leads to trips and falls is wearing shoes with holes, stretched-out heels, and worn treads. When buying new shoes, get your feet professionally measured and try on both shoes to make sure they fit comfortably.
  3. Safeguard Your Home—more than half of all falls happen at home. There are several measures you can take to decrease fall risk at home, including:
    • Remove torn or frayed carpeting, throw rugs and mats.
    • Add extra lighting to entrances, hallways, and staircases. Be sure you have a well-lit path to the bathroom at night.
    • Put anti-slip strips on the floor of your tub or shower. Install grab bars around the toilet.
    • Rearrange shelves and cabinets so frequently used items are within easy reach.
  4. Periodically Review Medications—ask your doctor or pharmacist to look at all the medications and supplements you currently take to ensure there are no interactions that could cause dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness.
  5. Stay on Schedule with Eye and Ear Exams—decreases in vision or hearing increase your fall risk. Annual checkups for your eyes and ears will detect loss of vision or hearing promptly.

If you have questions about how to care for your feet as you age, please contact us by calling 860-632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 14, 2020
Category: community outreach

When it comes to falling, what you don’t know can seriously hurt you. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are recognizing Falls Prevention Awareness Week by helping our senior Middlesex County patients by debunking some common myths surrounding falls.

“It won’t happen to me.” One in four patients age 65 and older falls each year. Falls are the number one cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. For those who recover, a fall may be the trigger for a move to a nursing home. It can also lead to debilitating fears that prevent people from living their best life and keeps them isolated.

“I will just stay home, and that will reduce my chances of falling.” Not so. Studies show that 50% of falls happen at home. But you can help change that by making some simple modifications. In the bathroom: add grab bars to the shower and around the toilet; non-slip strips in the tub. On the stairs: install a second handrail and increase lighting. Throughout the house: remove clutter on the floor, get rid of scatter rugs and cords that run across walking paths.

“My lifestyle is not connected to my fall risk.” There are several factors you control that can improve your chances of staying upright. Regular exercise, for example, improves flexibility and range of motion. Staying current with your eye exams to detect vision loss before it causes a fall and asking your pharmacist to monitor your medications to spot interactions that may cause dizziness are other ways to protect you from falling.

“I’ll wait a week or two and see if my foot pain goes away on its own.” Rarely does the foot (or other pain in your body) go away without treatment. Delaying getting discomfort in your feet or ankles evaluated increases your risk of falling. Don’t wait— make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will find the source of your foot pain and alleviate it before it results in a fall with potentially serious consequences.



 








 

 

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