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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 19, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: walking   foot health   ankle health  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know walking has more benefits than ever for our Middlesex County patients.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends walking for several reasons, including:

  • Controls weight
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Releases endorphins which relieve depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Lowers the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Improves circulation

During the pandemic, walking has the added benefit of being done while maintaining a safe social distance. Convinced you should try it?

Check out these tips to ensure maximum benefits from walking, while protecting the health of your feet and ankles:

  • Choose the Right Shoes—the only piece of equipment you need for walking is a pair of good walking shoes. Buy your shoes at a store specializing in sports and fitness footwear, and get your feet professionally measured. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a custom orthotic, make sure you bring it with you to try on with the walking shoes you are considering purchasing. Improper footwear can cause many podiatric issues, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and ankle injuries.

  • Follow a Sound Program—if you’re new to walking for fitness or have been inactive for an extended period, be sure to choose a regimen that has you starting slowly and gradually building in intensity and duration. You should also stretch before and after walking to reduce the risk of injury and soreness.

  • Listen to Your Feet—while a little bit of soreness is normal for muscles getting a workout, pain, whether acute or intermittent, is not. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Ignoring discomfort when walking can lead to a stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, or other debilitating injuries. If you experience pain while walking or after you stop, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment as soon as possible to get it evaluated.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know it’s the time of year when ghosts and goblins appear, and scary images abound for Halloween. However, when it comes to caring for your feet, fear shouldn’t be a factor. With podiatric issues, the trick is not waiting to seek evaluation and treatment. If you see something unusual happening to your feet or you experience any pain or discomfort, it’s essential you contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 for an appointment.

Below are some conditions with names that might sound scary but can easily be treated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas:

Xerosis—is not uncommon as we get into the colder weather months we see patients with this condition, which is very dry skin. The heat in our homes, cars, and offices dries the skin. Frequent hot showers and the type of soap you use can also play a role. Most of the time, the diligent application of a rich moisturizer to the feet several times a day will take care of xerosis. Less frequently, however, intensely dry skin can be a sign of another problem such as diabetes. For this reason, it’s best to let the foot doctor take a look.

Onychomycosis—yikes! You might be concerned if the foot doctor delivered this diagnosis. That is until you learn this is the medical term for toenail fungus. Although this condition may be stubborn and take some time to clear up, it is rarely a serious problem if treated promptly. The podiatrist will determine the best way to deal with your fungal infection and may use topical or oral medications or a procedure known as debridement, which removes the infected area of the nail.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome—many of our Middlesex County patients have started running or walking to stay in shape safely during the pandemic. And this means an increase in the number of cases of this condition—more commonly known as shin splints—that we expect to see in our office. Pain on the sides of your shin bones, which may be accompanied by swelling and tenderness, can be caused by arch problems, a muscle imbalance, or even improper footwear.

No foot condition is too scary for us! If you have a foot or ankle problem, contact us today.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
October 07, 2020
Category: Toe conditions

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know most of our Middlesex County patients can easily identify a hammertoe by the telltale hammer-like appearance of a toe.  Still, they may not be as familiar with the cause or progression of this deformity.

Here are some do’s and don’ts regarding the common condition of hammertoes:

  • Don’t: ignore a toe that seems to be moving into a hammer position. It’s not your imagination, and it’s not going to go away on its own. Hammertoe is a progressive condition that needs treatment to be slowed or corrected. If you believe your toe is changing its shape or position, you should contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499, so our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can evaluate your condition.
  • Do: be prepared to give the podiatrist a family medical history at your appointment. The foot doctor will want to track down the cause of your hammertoes, which can be a hereditary condition. Other possible causes include a muscle/tendon imbalance, which can lead to mechanical or neurological changes that result in a hammertoe.
  • Don’t: put off seeking treatment for a hammertoe. It may not be painful at first, but as time goes by, it will worsen. In the early stages, you have multiple non-invasive options to help, including:
    • Physical therapy
    • Custom orthotics
    • Splinting or strapping the affected toes
    • Medications to help with pain and inflammation
  • Do: rethink your shoe choices. Shoes that don’t have enough room in the toe box may be contributing to a hammertoe, particularly if you have one toe that is longer than the others. High heels that force your foot forward and flip flops that need your toes to grip the front of the shoe to keep them on are all detrimental to patients with a hammertoe.
  • Do: treat secondary conditions caused by hammertoes. Corns and calluses may form due to friction from footwear. These can be very painful and develop into open sores. Use padding to protect these areas while your podiatrist works on treating the underlying cause of a hammertoe.

If you notice anything out of the ordinary about any of your toes, don’t hesitate to contact us.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
September 28, 2020
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we offer top-quality foot care for the entire family. We encourage our Middlesex County families to be proactive in the health of their feet and ankles. At each stage of life, however, there are different areas of concern we focus on. Below are some tips for every member of your family:

Infants' and Children's Pediatric Foot Care

For babies, the most important foot health tip is to allow your infant to kick, stretch, and freely move their feet. During the first year of life, feet change and develop rapidly. Avoid tight socks and shoes which can be restrictive and affect the shape of the foot. As the child progresses to the toddler stage and starts to walk, you’ll be able to observe their gait. Be aware, however, early walkers may appear pigeon-toed, walk on tip-toes, and do other strange things that are not necessarily abnormal for their age. Your young child may also not appear to have much of an arch until they lose their baby fat. The most important concern in childhood is making sure you stay ahead of fast-growing feet and frequently check to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size. If you have any concerns about how their feet look or how they walk, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can take a look at your child’s feet and determine if anything out of the ordinary is happening.

Adults' Pediatric Foot Care

From young adulthood thru middle ages, good foot care consists of good habits, including:

  • Wearing shoes that fit well and choosing styles that do not have narrow toe boxes or very high heels.
  • Proper hygiene.
  • Eating a healthy diet that helps maintain an appropriate weight and has adequate amounts of calcium for strong bones.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Inspecting feet periodically and reporting any pain or abnormalities promptly to the foot doctor.

Senior Foot Care

Foot problems are not “normal” as you age! If you’ve maintained good foot health habits in your younger years, you will reduce the number of foot problems in your senior years. However, some issues may require additional attention. Exercise continues to be important, but consider adding a class or activity that helps improve balance to help lower fall risk. Stay current with other medical appointments to detect health issues that may impact your feet in their earliest stages. Be vigilant about hygiene and routine care to prevent many common foot problems.

No matter what your age or stage of life, we’re here for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns, (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
September 22, 2020
Category: orthotics
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis   bunions   arthritis  

At Feet First Foot & Ankle Care Specialists, we find many of our Middlesex County patients are surprised when we prescribe a custom orthotic to relieve foot or ankle pain. Orthotics serve three primary functions: changing foot function, protection, or a combination of both. Custom orthotics made from a mold of your unique foot structure treat a wide range of symptoms.

Here are four podiatric disorders that may be helped by custom orthotics:

  1. Diabetes—One of the most significant concerns for patients with diabetes is developing an ulcer or wound on the foot. Poor circulation, which is commonly associated with this disease, can make it difficult to heal a wound on the foot. Serious infections and even amputations can be the result of uncontrolled ulcers. Soft orthotics are made to pad a specific area at risk for developing a wound or sore and showing potential danger signs.

  2. Arthritis—Joint pain and stiffness are the two most frequent symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. An orthotic can help reposition your feet to take the load off of affected joints and make walking and standing more comfortable.

  3. Plantar Fasciitis/Flat Feet—When the arches of your feet collapse or flatten, pain in the arch and the heel often occur. The plantar fascia is a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Lack of arch support puts a strain on the plantar fascia and causes heel pain. Orthotics can be used to add support to the arch of the foot.

  4. Bunions—Although bunions are a progressive deformity, a custom orthotic can help realign the big toe and slow its movement out of proper position. Orthotics can make it more comfortable to wear shoes.

The first step to determining if a custom orthotic will help your foot pain is to 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 and diagnose the cause of your podiatric discomfort. The foot doctor will then let you know if a custom orthotic or another treatment method will be best to alleviate your pain.





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