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At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to encourage our patients to live the happiest and healthiest lives they can. Part of that is by providing the best support and the most informative facts for our patients. It’s summertime and for many of us, flip-flops are the footwear favorite. But did you know by making a few positive changes to your summer footwear could vastly change your podiatric health? 

Flip-Flops and Your Feet

While flip-flops may be the most effortless choice on a hot sunny day, they do not provide nearly the right amount of protection and support that your feet need. Excessive pressure can cause the heels and arches of the feet to swell. Due to the limited amount of protection that flip-flops provide, several adverse effects include blisters, foot fungus, strained tendons, plantar fasciitis, and more.

When Is the Right Time to Wear Flip-Flops?

While there are many adverse effects of wearing flip-flops regularly, wearing them for a brief time may have outweighed the benefits. Wearing flip-flops in locker rooms protect your feet from fungus and bacteria that may be living on the floor. Wearing flip-flops for a short time protect the feet from athlete’s foot and plantar warts. Overall, choose a time to wear flip-flops when you are doing low strenuous activities like walking to the mailbox or going to the pool. Avoid wearing flip-flops on long walks or while running errands.

Treating The Adverse Effects of Flip-Flops

The first step in treating the adverse effects of flip-flops is to swap them out for another pair of breathable shoes that provide the right support for your feet. Placing an ice pack on the affected area may relieve some pain and swelling. Lightly stretching the area or alternatively using a tennis ball to roll out the affected area may provide relief. If you or anyone you know have persistent pain, it is best to contact a podiatrist for further assistance.

The Best Alternatives to Flip-Flops

Sandals usually provide more support to the arches of the feet than flip-flops due. Custom orthotic sandals are a great option. As you search for a better footwear option, consider:

  1. Adding additional straps for more coverage and support.
  2. They are the right size and fit well.
  3. They provide enough support.

When To Call a Podiatrist

If you or anyone you know suffers from persistent pain in the feet, ankle, and arches, it is always best to contact a podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to examine the affected areas and determine the best course of treatment. To schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office with board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas,call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
June 01, 2022
Category: Foot Care

As the temperature increases, the excitement for summer plans also grows. But after months of wearing heavy socks and boots, the thought of exposing your feet can be intimidating. At Feet First Foot Care, we want all our patients to feel comfortable in their skin, year-round! Below we have curated tips and tricks to prep your feet for all the summer fun.

Tips To Prevent Foot Predicaments 

  1. Limit Walking Barefoot- Walking barefoot increases the risk of foot injuries, sunburn, as well as other infections.
  2. Apply Sunscreen- The tops of the feet and ankles are vulnerable to the sun. Apply sunscreen to your feet regularly and make sure to re-apply sunscreen after being in the water or after extended periods outdoors where your feet are exposed to the sun.
  3. Stay Hydrated- The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is:
    1. About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men.
    2. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.

Top Tips for Sandal Ready Feet

  • Soak your feet for 5 minutes using warm, salty water, and take time to relax.
  • Exfoliate- Buff any areas of your feet with a pumice stone or handheld buffer, focusing on gently exfoliating areas with any calluses.
  • Trim Your Toenails- Keeping toenails trimmed is important in any foot care regime. Overgrown toenails cause an array of problems.
  • Moisturize daily - Foot lotions and creams lock in moisture, leaving the skin of your feet feeling soft. Moisturizing daily will also help prevent further cracking that is usually due to dry skin.

On-The-Go-Foot Care Kit

  1. Sterile Bandages- To protect minor cuts and scrapes.
  2. Antibiotic Cream- To treat any skin injury.
  3. Blister Pads or Moleskin- To protect against blisters.
  4. Sunscreen- To protect yourself from the sun (the higher the SPF the better).
  5. Aloe Vera- To relieve sunburns (you can also grow your aloe vera plant at home).
  6. Motrin or Advil- Anti-inflammatory.

In Case of Emergency

In case of a foot emergency, call your podiatrist. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. To schedule an appointment at our Middlesex County office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

 

 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
August 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists we know that during hot summer days and heatwaves, many of our Middlesex County patients complain that their feet swell. It is not unusual and generally not harmful, but it can be uncomfortable and even painful.

Below are 4 tips for relieving the common summer problem of swelling feet:

1. Wear shoes that are the correct size
If your shoes are even a little tight, swelling is going to make your feet very uncomfortable. Remember your shoe size can increase as you age. If this is a consistent problem, you may want to consider getting your feet professionally measured and consider buying a larger or wider shoe. Sandals and open styles may give feet more breathing space, but make sure the shoes you choose still have good arch support.

2. Put your feet up

Swelling occurs because fluid pools in your ankles and feet thanks to gravity. Periodically putting your feet up during the day (and especially at the end of the day) helps relieve pressure and allows fluid to leave your lower extremities.

3. Stay hydrated

While it may seem counterintuitive, drinking more water can reduce swelling. When you’re dehydrated, your body retains fluid. Drinking more can help flush excess fluid from your body.

4. Run errands early in the day

Feet tend to swell and increase in size as the day goes on. For this reason, it may be more comfortable to do the shopping and other tasks that involve long periods of walking during the morning hours.

In some instances, swelling in your lower legs, feet, and ankles can be a sign of a serious medical condition such as hypertension, heart, or kidney disease. If your swelling seems continuous and is not relieved by the simple solutions above, make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can perform a complete podiatric examination and determine if a more serious issue exists.



 








 

 

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