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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 06, 2022
Category: Back Pain, Feet

Our bodies are like a chain with one link. Think about what would happen if the first link in the chain was out of position. The point at which it meets the next link would eventually overstress that link and adversely affect the entire chain. That old song, “The leg bones connected to the thigh bone. The thigh bones connected to the hip bone…,” tells the whole story. If you have been suffering from foot pain and discomfort for a long time, it could affect the rest of your body. If you are changing the way you walk to avoid foot discomfort, this could lead to back pain- and vice versa. 

The Connection Between the Lower Back and Foot

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that begins near the base of the spine, extending downward through the lower extremities, traveling through the hips, buttocks, and legs, before ending in the feet near the toes. If a nerve root in the lower back is irritated or compressed, it can cause pain to radiate along the sciatic nerve to the patient’s foot. The sciatic nerve is what sends the commands which allow for basic movements, such as walking and sitting. When this nerve becomes constricted, inflamed, or compressed in the lumbar spine, often due to degenerative spine conditions that develop in the lower back, the set of symptoms is known as “sciatica.”

Common Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Slower reflexes
  • Muscle spasms

Common Causes

Common Treatment Options

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, schedule an appointment at Feet First Foot Care Specialists. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is board-certified and treats a wide range of conditions. To schedule an appointment, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or visit our website.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 03, 2022

From walking to running to driving, our lower extremities brace under a lot of pressure daily. Stretching the feet and ankles provide relief that reaches both physically and mentally. Some of the associated benefits of stretching include improved circulation, improved cardiovascular health, and even a boost in your overall mood. 

Your Feet in Motion

Stretching helps to keep our muscles and tendons flexible and healthy. Stretching also increases blood flow through the body. Having tense muscles and proceeding to complete a workout can have serious adverse effects on your health and can also lead to an increase in injuries. One of the most effective ways to get exercise is to walk. Walking is great for your feet and ankles because it provides a full range of motion by activating all the muscles in your foot. To gain the most from walking, it is important to listen to your feet. Shoes that don’t provide enough support, forgetting to stretch, and improper gait can lead to foot injuries.

Things To Keep in Mind

  • Relax and take your time when stretching.
  • Try to hold stretches for 30 seconds without moving.
  • If it hurts, stop! Pain means that you are pushing your muscles too far.
  • Take time for yourself each day. Whether this means taking a walk, stretching for 10 minutes in a quiet room, or having a five-minute meditation session.

How To Maintain a Routine

This may arguably be the most difficult part. Maintaining a routine can sound like such a drag. But maintaining a daily self-care routine doesn’t have to be. Check out this article from Healthline with 19 toe stretches to improve flexibility and mobility. Once you get in a routine of stretching your lower extremities, you will see increased strength and mobility!

When To Ask for Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your feet and ankles, or would simply like advice– contact our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas provides exceptional care to treat a wide-range of conditions.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 27, 2018
Tags: diabetes   orthotics   stretching  

Have you been struggling with seemingly random cramps in your feet? They happen at different times of the day during different activities, so you can’t quite figure out what’s causing them! It’s frustrating and painful: they happen right when you wake up, or when you’re working out, or just strolling down the street – what is causing these painful foot cramps!?

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one specific cause of cramps in your feet; there are numerous things that can cause your feet to cramp up. Here are a few of the things that could be causing the cramps:

  • Dehydration – If you haven’t had enough water to drink for the day, you could suffer cramps. It’s especially important to stay hydrated when you know you’re going to be sweating. Hard workouts, hot days, etc., can all add to dehydration. Balance any potentially dehydrating drinks, such as coffee, with a cup of water.
  • Electrolytes –  Foot cramps can be a sign of low electrolytes. Electrolyte-enhanced water, coconut water, and potassium-rich snacks like bananas all contain a good amount of electrolytes. Try munching a banana next time your foot cramps up!
  • Overworking your feet – Anyone can suffer a foot cramp. If you’re reeling from a hard workout, or if you’re on your feet all day, it can only take one slight movement from an exhausted foot to push it too far and into a cramp. Stretching before a workout, or when you know you’re going to be on your feet for long periods of time, can help keep your muscles limber.
  • Poor circulation – If your feet cramp when you walk, it could indicate diabetes or neuropathy issues, which can cause poor circulation. Poor circulation can cut the proper nutrients off from your extremities and make your feet cramp. Comfortable shoes for your lifestyle can help with these types of cramps. Custom orthotics are also available in these instances.

Here at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, Dr. Adam Mucinskas can help you decide what is causing any foot cramps and assist with relief moving forward. We feature innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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