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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 08, 2022
Category: Flat Feet

Summertime’s still fresh in the air and when the sun’s out, a walk to the beach is a favorite vacation activity. For some of us, walking for extended periods might be uncomfortable, but for others, it can be painful. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our patients well-informed about any existing conditions they have, or continuous foot or ankle pain they may be experiencing. Patients suffering from flat feet may not experience any pain at all, but prolonged strain can affect the knees and hips. Flat feet could also alter the alignment of your legs and cause further muscle pain. 

Causes

Flat feet are when the arches under your feet aren’t visible when you stand up. This is normal in infants whose arches develop later in childhood, but some adults retain flat feet. This can also happen due to years of wear and tear, where the tendons supporting the arch and running along the inside of your ankle fall over time, or if you have a family member that passed down the gene. There are several risks that could also contribute to the condition, which include:

Symptoms

One of the most common symptoms would be foot pain in the heel or arch where strained muscles and ligaments are affected. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain when walking or changes in your stance
  • Leg cramps
  • Stiffness in the calves, hip, or lower back

Treatment

Treatment isn’t a necessity if the condition isn’t causing significant problems, but there are several ways to ease the discomfort. Surgery is rarely needed to treat flat feet and most people don’t find the need to treat it at all, but for those who seek treatment, here are some options:

When to Call a Podiatrist

If you’re having trouble balancing, experiencing pain while walking or feel like your feet are stiff, it’s always best to consult a podiatrist. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is specially trained to diagnose and determine what the next best course of action would be. 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, 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
November 07, 2018
Category: foot facts

The condition of flat feet is characterized by a disappearance of your arch when you put weight on your feet, and the return of the arch when you remove that weight. Flat feet often start in childhood and typically affect both feet. If left untreated, there are many severe complications that could arise as the child grows into adulthood.

Common Flat Feet Complications:

  • Achilles tendonitis – the Achilles tendon, which runs from your calf muscle along the back of your heel, can stiffen due to flat feet. This can turn into a nasty injury.
  • Soft tissue injuries – your arch’s ligaments and soft tissues become stretched and inflamed and occasionally will tear due to flat feet. This can be extremely painful.
  • Deformities of the feet – bunions and hammertoes are likely to develop when the foot’s arches are not supported sufficiently.
  • Pain and discomfort – the tendons along your arches, ankles, and heels can become strained and very painful.
  • Pain in other areas – overpronation that comes with flat feet can lead to complications in your knees, hips, and your back.
  • Shin splints – untreated flat feet will lead to a higher occurrence of this painful condition that occurs in the shin bone area.

Flat Feet Treatment

Due to the wide range of severity and symptoms associated with flat feet, the condition must be thoroughly checked out by a podiatrist. For pain, NSAIDs can be taken under a doctor’s direction. Our office can also produce custom orthotics that will support your arches and realign your foot. Orthotics not only help to relieve pain, but also can correct issues with your knees, hips, and back. In severe cases of flat foot, surgery might be the best method to repair the foot. After surgery, the doctor might require physical therapy and immobilization with a boot.

If you’ve noticed flat feet in your child or if you’re having complications yourself, call our office today. Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up-to-date on all the latest podiatric health issues and utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostics 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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