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

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know our Middlesex County patients are ready for some summer fun. With covid restrictions lifted, it’s a great time to enjoy beach and pool days, hiking, biking, watersports, shopping, site seeing and visiting with family and friends. However, we want our patients to get the most out of the season and keep their feet safe and healthy.

Four helpful tips for preventing foot problems this summer:

  • Wear the right shoe for your brand of summer fun. Too often we see patients whose summer activities have come to a screeching halt due to an ankle sprain or other injury they received because they weren’t wearing shoes that were appropriate for the activity they were doing. High-heeled sandals on a site-seeing tour or playing beach volleyball in flip flops are just two common examples of inappropriate footwear choices that can end in painful injuries. Plan ahead and choose shoes that are best suited to what you’ll be doing.

  • Don’t wear sneakers without socks. Sweaty summer feet need socks. Bacteria is always present in shoes. When it mixes with perspiration, both feet and shoes become stinky, and infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are more likely to develop. Choose an absorbent type of sock and change it whenever you notice your feet feel moist. Further, reduce your risk of contracting a foot infection by keeping your feet covered in public places. 

  • Remember to use sunscreen. A bad sunburn on your feet can make it impossible to put on shoes or even walk. It’s also bad for your skin and increases your chances of developing skin cancer down the road. Apply sunscreen to the skin on your feet while you apply it to the rest of your body. Even if you are using a water-resistant variety, you should reapply after swimming or every two hours. Remember to put sunscreen on your feet when shopping, running errands, and any time you are outside and expose your feet to the sun.

  • Limit barefoot time. Although feeling the grass and sand between your toes is considered quintessential summer, it also dramatically increases your risk of injury. Sharp objects lurk out of sight in the yard and at the beach, which can cause cuts and puncture wounds. Going barefoot also raises your chances of stepping on a bee or other stinging bug or a washed-up jellyfish at the beach. If you have diabetes, you must keep your feet covered.

If, despite all your efforts to protect your feet, you do sustain an injury or notice a rash or other unusual foot symptoms, contact our Cromwell office at 860-632-5499 and make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, to get it evaluated promptly.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 15, 2019
Category: skin conditions
Tags: feet   skin cancer   melanoma   sunscreen  

As soon as temperatures begin to go up in Middlesex County, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists know that patients can’t wait to shed their socks and start wearing sandals and other open styles of footwear. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to share some facts about this disease, which can occur on the skin of your feet. Below are some common myths and why you shouldn’t believe them.

MYTH: Skin cancer is a relatively minor form of cancer.

FACT: Skin cancer is actually the most prevalent form of cancer with over 5 million new cases being diagnosed each year. Deaths from melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, are expected to increase by 22% in 2019.

MYTH: Skin cancer isn’t normally found on your feet.

FACT: The skin on your feet is just as susceptible to skin cancer as the skin on the rest of your body. For this reason, it is necessary to take the same precautions from the sun and to engage in the same level of vigilance with regard to performing self-exams on your feet. In fact, skin cancers on the soles of the feet or between the toes are often not diagnosed until a later stage of the disease. Patients don’t think to examine that part of their body for potential signs of skin cancer.

MYTH: Indoor tanning beds are okay as long as you use sunscreen.

FACT: Indoor tanning beds cause more cases of skin cancer than smoking causes cases of lung cancer. UV radiation is a proven carcinogen. People who have used tanning beds in the past have a 67% increased risk of developing skin cancer in the future.

MYTH: I only need to apply sunscreen to my feet if I am spending a day at the pool or beach.

FACT: Sunscreen should be applied to your feet any time they will be exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time. Even a day of running errands or sight-seeing while wearing sandals or flip flops will expose your skin to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher about 30 minutes before going out. On beach or pool days, reapply every two hours (to tops and bottoms of your feet) and after swimming.

If you notice any unusual freckles or spots on your skin, or if a mole you’ve had for a while appears to be changing, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can evaluate your symptoms.



 








 

 

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