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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 19, 2021
Category: general health

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know many of our Middlesex County patients try to put better eating habits into practice for 2021. We are supportive of this plan! Healthy eating has several benefits to your feet as well as the rest of your body:

  • Helps you maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause or worsen several podiatric conditions, including heel pain, sesamoiditis, and arthritis.
  • Shedding pounds makes it easier to be more active. Exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand. When you weigh less, it’s easier to move more, and the more you move the more weight you’re likely to lose. Being physically active also helps keep joints flexible and improves circulation.
  • A well-rounded, nutritious diet means your body will get all the nutrients it needs. Some essential vitamins and minerals can improve foot health, such as calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones and vegetables and fruits that produce anti-inflammatory reactions, a key feature of several painful foot and ankle disorders.

Take Little Bites

Long-lasting weight loss takes time, however. It’s important to set small goals and not overwhelm yourself by overhauling your diet all at once completely. Below are some easy changes to make. Choose one or two, and once they become habitual, add a couple of more.

  • Swap water for sugary sodas, juices, and sports drinks. You may not realize just how many calories you’re drinking! This one easy substitution can save you hundreds of calories a day.
  • Cut carbs from one meal. Think about what carbs you really wouldn’t miss. Can you enjoy an egg with some fruit instead of toast or add an extra vegetable or salad to your dinner in place of potato or rice?
  • Shrink your plate. Use a smaller plate for your food, and you’ll naturally cut down portion size. Resolve not to have seconds!
  • Have a small, healthy snack before dinner. Your mom may have said snacking will spoil your appetite, but that may not necessarily be a bad thing! A glass of vegetable juice, a small salad or bowl of bouillon, or low-calorie soup about a half-hour before your meal may cause you to eat less at dinner.

If you have questions about lifestyle choices that affect your podiatric health, don’t hesitate to ask our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.  Contact our Cromwell office by calling (860-632-5499).

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 11, 2021
Category: exercise

If you’re like many of our Middlesex County patients at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, getting in shape may have been on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Being physically active has many pluses, both for your feet and your overall health. Maintaining an appropriate weight, improving circulation and flexibility are just a few of the many ways regular exercise can benefit you. However, we have seen many fitness plans fizzle without proper planning and preparation.

Here are three common pitfalls to fulfilling your exercise resolutions, and how to avoid them:

  1. Blisters—you wouldn’t think something as small as a blister could have such a large and devastating effect on your fitness plans, but they’re painful enough to sideline you for a few days. And a few days then becomes a few more, and before you know it, your enthusiasm has petered out. Footwear is the most frequent reason for blisters. Be sure you have the right shoes for the activity you’ve chosen. If you’re starting a new sport or activity or haven’t replaced your shoes for a while, consider getting a new pair designed specifically for your fitness activity. Sock choice is also key. A type that wicks moisture away from the skin will prevent sweat from causing friction between your feet and your shoes, which leads to blisters.
     
  2. Achilles tendonitis—this inflammation of the long tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg from your calf to your heel frequently happens at the start of a new fitness regimen. Why? Too often, patients start gung-ho on an exercise plan and hope to achieve quick results by starting strong. However, doing too much too soon—especially if you’re coming off a period of inactivity—can overstretch the Achilles tendon leading to pain and soreness. Gradually building up stamina and strength, increasing your fitness level over time is more likely to lead to injury-free success.
     
  3. Motivation Disintegration—there are many reasons for this to occur. Choosing an activity, you don’t like to do, not setting realistic goals, and foot or ankle pain that develops from your workout are a few possibilities. Put some thought into what factors are important and attractive to you in a fitness plan and think long-term.

If you find yourself hurting from exercise, contact our Cromwell office promptly by calling 860-632-5499 and have your pain evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, so you can get back on track with your fitness plan asap.

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

A New Year brings resolutions for self-improvement. At Feet First Foot Care, we’d like our Middlesex County patients to consider some positive enhancements to their podiatric health. Simple changes that are easy to implement can make a big difference in the overall health and condition of your feet.

Here are five steps to take for healthier feet and ankles in 2021:

  1. Keep an Eye on Your Feet—regularly inspecting your feet will help you quickly spot changes that may signal a developing problem. Thickening or discolored toenails, for example, can indicate a fungal infection; red, itchy, peeling skin is a sign of athlete’s foot, etc. Look for growths, bruises, wounds that appear slow to heal, and toe joints moving out of position. Report anything concerning to our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499.

  2. Limit Bare Foot Time—with many people working and schooling from home, it’s easy to get in the habit of not wearing shoes. However, this flattens the arch of your foot, which puts pressure on the plantar fascia that can result in heel pain. Put shoes on each morning whether you’re going out or not.

  3. Swear Off Bathroom “Surgery”—trying to remove an ingrown toenail or get rid of a wart with home remedies, and sharp implements usually end in a worse injury and/or infection. Leave podiatric care to our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.

  4. Wear the Right Shoe for Your Athletic Activities—don’t take long walks in fashion boots or use your regular summer sneakers for hiking. Sports and fitness shoes are specifically designed for your feet and ankle movement by the activity. If you have weak ankles, consider high top styles for extra support. Your fitness footwear has a lifespan limit (300-500 miles for walking/running shoes). Regularly check and replace footwear for wear.

  5. Don’t Ignore Foot Pain—perhaps one of the most important resolutions you can make for your feet this year is not to put off getting foot pain or discomfort evaluated. Most conditions are more quickly and less invasively treated if caught in their early stages. Contact us whenever you are experiencing ongoing foot pain.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
December 29, 2020
Category: shoes

As the year draws to a close, there are many customs worldwide for saying goodbye to the old before ushering in the new. In Japan, the ringing of 108 bells dispels evil desires in people and cleanse the old year of sins. In Denmark, friends and neighbors throw plates at each other’s doors, symbolizing leaving behind all ill will. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we think our Middlesex County patients should consider an end-of-year ritual to benefit their feet: cleaning out the shoe closet.

Here are some questions to ask to help decide which footwear to keep and which to toss:

Have shoes surpassed their expected lifespan? Stretched out heel counters, flattened arch supports, holes or rips in the toe box, worn soles—these are all signs it’s time to replace a pair of shoes. Continuing to wear shoes with these types of issues can seriously harm your feet. Arch and heel pain, for example, commonly develop if arch support is lacking. It’s easy to trip and sustain a sprain or fracture if shoes are too loose on the feet.

Is the style harmful to your feet? Okay, they may look amazing, but those high, spiky heels with pointy toes pose a significant threat to your podiatric health. These types of shoes force feet forward and squeeze toes together. It can speed the development of bunions, hammertoes, and other toe deformities. It also increases your risk for ingrown toenails. It’s best to look for stylish substitutes with lower heels and wider toe boxes. If you absolutely can’t part with them, at least resolve only to wear them for short periods of time.

Are fitness shoes and sneakers designed for your current activities? If you bought tennis shoes a few years ago but have switched to running as your regular exercise it’s not okay to use the same shoes. Today, athletic footwear is sport-specific in its design, with features that protect your feet during movements associated with the sport. Exercise shoes also have a life span. In general walking and running shoes, should be replaced every 300-500 miles, regardless of their physical appearance, because interior components break down.

Do these shoes hurt your feet? At the end of the day, regardless of style or age, if shoes hurt your feet you shouldn’t wear them! If you need footwear recommendations for styles to accommodate a chronic or new foot problem, contact our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas,  at our Cromwell office (860-632-5499) to arrange a consultation.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
December 22, 2020

The winter storm season has officially begun in Middlesex County.  At Feet First Foot Care Specialists we know that means our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will be seeing more patients at our Cromwell office (860-632-5499) with ankle sprains. Slippery conditions are one factor that increases the risk of an ankle-twisting sprain and other injuries.

Here are 4 easy steps you can take to prevent ankle sprains:

  1. Choose safe shoes. It sounds rather obvious, but high heels and ice are an invitation for slips and falls. But, when you’re running late on holiday errands and need to make quick visits, people tend to forget the icy conditions on the ground! Always wear (or keep in your car) a pair of boots or sturdy shoes that have a good gripping tread on the bottom for when the weather turns bad.

  2. Carry less. At this time of year, with all the shopping going on, it’s typical to have an armload of packages that can impede your view of what’s in front of you, making it easy to miss a curb or trip over an object in your path. Not having your hands free also decreases your ability to balance and break your fall if you do stumble.

  3. Allow extra time. Like our suggestion to choose proper footwear, rushing causes you to overlook potential hazards, moving too quickly can lead to an injury. Give yourself extra time to get ready, and to get where you're going whether by foot, car, or other modes of transportation.

  4. Don’t ignore foot pain. During this busy season, many patients put off getting a foot or ankle pain evaluated. Being in pain can change how you walk because you try to maneuver in a way that avoids the discomfort. This throws you off balance and increases fall risk. Contact us to get foot pain checked out promptly.

We wish all our patients a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!





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