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At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we’re wondering, if the feet of our Middlesex County patients could make a wish list for the holidays, what would be on it? It might go something like this:

Dear Santa,

Well, another year is coming to a close, which means I’ve walked another 1,400 miles! I have been good this year. I take my owner wherever she needs to go—and believe me, that’s a lot of places during this busy holiday season! Sometimes, however, I get achy and tired, and there are a few items on my wish list. In no particular order, here are a few of the gifts I’d love to find under the tree this year:

Foot Massager—it would be so lovely after a day of work or shopping to slip my feet into an electric foot massager and feel the stress melt away. I know maintaining good circulation is also essential for healthy feet, and regular massaging would certainly help with that.

Moisturizing Socks—when the heat goes on, my skin gets dry and flaky. I saw they now make socks that contain moisturizing gel in them. I would love to slip those on before I go to bed and let that moisturizer work its way into my heels which tend to get painful cracks in the winter.

Anti-Fatigue Mat—I try not to complain about when I stand at the sink prepping vegetables and fruits for family meals and cleaning the dishes afterward. Still, an anti-fatigue mat would make those chores so much more enjoyable. The cushiony comfort and slight movements those mats would cause me to make would leave my feet feeling way less tired when kitchen work is done.

New Shoes— I think my owner forgets that shoes do have a lifespan. Even though our go-to athletic shoes still look pretty good, I notice lately the insole cushioning feels compacted, and the arch isn’t as supportive as when we originally bought them. I’m sure it’s been over 500 miles in them, and I know they’re past due for replacing.

If it’s possible to bring me one or more of these items, Santa, I would appreciate it. And don’t forget something special for my owner too. She takes good care of me and always contacts the Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to bring me to see our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, at the first sign of foot pains or problems.

Happy Holidays to you and Mrs. Claus,

Jennie’s Feet

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
December 06, 2021
Category: Foot Care

'Tis the season for shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking, and entertaining! At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to ensure all our Middlesex County patients don’t lose the “happy” in their holidays because of foot pain. Below are four tips to help you take care of your feet during this busy time. 

  1. Function vs. Fashion—Choose Wisely—It’s a tricky season for footwear. There are many festive occasions you’ll want to dress up, but lots of tasks will require long hours on your feet. Don’t sacrifice your feet on the altar of style. Make a trusted pair of athletic shoes your go-to shoes for shopping days, and save the fashion boots and heels for holiday events only. 
  2. Avoid Slip-Sliding into an Ankle Sprain—If you’re wearing those pretty heels for a holiday party, pack them and make your way to your destination in shoes with a good gripping tread to get you safely across slippery surfaces. Always scope out the best cleared and treated route to get to where you’re going. Don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the ground in front of you.
  3. Be Merry—Without Overeating and Drinking—If you can avoid gaining weight in December, your feet will thank you in January. Excess weight has an exponential effect on your lower extremities. For every pound you gain, you put an additional 3-5 pounds of pressure on your knees and feet. If you are prone to gout, be on the lookout for triggers on the buffet table like shellfish, red meat, rich sauces, red wine, and beer.
  4. Know When to Say “No”—No matter how busy your holiday season is don’t ignore your feet when they tell you they need a break. It’s best to pace yourself and alternate days that require you to be on your feet with rest days. It’s also a good idea to put your feet up (elevated above your heart preferably) at the end of the day.

If you have persistent foot or ankle discomfort, don’t put off contacting our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will examine you to determine the cause of your foot pain and the correct treatment to get you back on your feet to enjoy all the season offers.

Here in Middlesex County, hunting season is upon us. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that many hunters do not associate this activity with risk to the health and safety of their feet. Take the necessary precautions to protect your feet this hunting season.

 

Don’t try to defy gravity. Guess what the most significant cause of hunting accidents is? Surprise: it’s not firearms; it’s falling. According to the International Hunters Education Association, 6,000 hunters sustain injuries from falling out of elevated tree stands compared to fewer than 1,000 from guns. Among the more common injuries are fractures of bones in heels, feet, and legs. 75 to 80% of these falls happen as hunters ascend or descend a tree. There are a wide variety of harnesses available to prevent falls.

 

Fight fungal infections. Fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenails love dark, moist places—like the insides of your boots. It’s a good idea to apply an anti-fungal powder to your feet before putting your socks on. If you wear two pairs of socks, make sure the one closest to your skin is a synthetic material that wicks moisture away from the skin. Keep a spare pair of socks in your pack and swap them out if you notice your feet feel sweaty.

 

Watch where you’re walking. Another common cause of ankle sprains, foot, and other injuries is tripping or falling over sticks, roots, rocks, or other natural materials. Be aware of what’s in your path and be particularly cautious if there is snow, mud, or ice on the ground.

Be sure to let someone know where you are hunting and what time you plan to be back, just in case an injury occurs when you are out of cell phone range. If you do have a foot or ankle injury while hunting, don’t delay in seeking medical attention. Make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will conduct a complete examination of your feet and ankles and order any x-rays or other imaging studies to determine the full extent of an injury and proper treatment.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
November 22, 2021
Category: Foot Care

It’s that time of the year. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know our Middlesex County patients will be pausing this week to count their blessings.

We want to be sure to include your feet on that list! Here are a few reminders about how incredible your feet are:

  • Feet enable the average person to walk three to five miles every day. In fact, throughout a typical lifetime, a person will walk approximately 115,000 miles or the equivalent of circling the globe four times.
  • Your feet carry the weight of your entire body. When you run, they absorb the pressure of four times your body weight. In fact, in just a single day of walking and performing daily tasks, feet withstand several tons of pressure equal to the amount of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • Feet are sensitive—they contain more nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body.
  • Your feet can warn you about problems going on in other parts of your body. Several disorders may first manifest in your feet, including arthritis, heart disease, kidney failure, hypertension, and diabetes.

Show Your Gratitude

So, how can you express your thanks to these two wonderful parts of your body? Here are a few ideas:

  • Feast in moderation—enjoy your favorite holiday foods in smaller portions and keep up with your exercise regimen. Your feet will appreciate not having additional pounds to carry.
  • Make smart shoe choices—you’ll be on your feet more than ever during the holiday season. Choose footwear that is supportive and fits properly. Look for styles with gripping treads for shopping and errand days to reduce slips, spills, and ankle sprains.
  • Listen to your feet—if they tell you they are hurting, put them up for a while and take a break. If that doesn’t do the trick, make an appointment at our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499. Let our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas examine your feet and treat any foot problems before they become disabling.

We wish all of our patients and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you know your feet can reveal disorders in other parts of your body? At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want to alert our Middlesex County patients to listen to what their feet may be trying to say. Usually, patients pay attention to uncomfortable symptoms in their feet, such as pain or stiffness. However, minor symptoms, particularly those that don't cause any serious disability, may be ignored for a long time. It is a mistake. Minor symptoms, if they are persistent, may be a sign of a more significant health problem.

Suppose you've noticed any of the conditions below, or any other unusual changes, it's important you promptly bring them to your podiatrist's attention:

  • Yellow or White Toenails—changes in nail color are easy to ignore, especially during the winter months when feet are covered most of the time. Although the most common cause of yellowing toenails is a fungal infection, there are other more serious potential reasons for the change. These include lung problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and lymphedema. Entirely white toenails may be a sign of congestive heart failure, liver, or kidney disease.
  • Clubbed Toes—this atypical toe shape can be just an inherited trait not linked to any other condition. It can, however, also indicate several serious disorders. The most common is a lung disease, and other possibilities are an infection, heart disease, liver problem, or a digestive disorder.
  • Numbness—you might be tempted to chalk up loss of feeling, pins, needles, burning, and other strange sensations in your feet to them "falling asleep," but if this happens consistently, it's more likely pointing to nerve damage. It can be an indicator of diabetes or a circulation problem.
  • Dragging Your Feet—if you find you are occasionally dragging one foot or notice that your gait has become wider or different in some other way, it may be the first sign of neuropathy. Neuropathy can be caused by diabetesalcoholism, infection, or even a vitamin deficiency. In some instances, changes in the way you walk may also be the sign of a systemic disease that causes a brain/body disconnect, such as Parkinson's Disease.

Don’t let minor symptoms go unchecked. Contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 to make an appointment for an examination with Dr. Adam Mucinskas.





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