Podiatrist Blog
By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
July 09, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

Do you have foot or ankle pain? Orthotics prescribed by your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, could help relieve your painful symptoms.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are shoe inserts that support, align and cushion your foot. Unlike over-the-counter inserts, orthotics are designed by your podiatrist to address your specific foot issues. During your visit to the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your doctor will examine your feet, observe the way you walk, and make an impression of your foot.

What are the benefits of orthotics?

Wearing orthotics in your shoes can reduce or eliminate pain related to many foot conditions. The inserts can be helpful if:

  • You need a little extra cushioning: Orthotics can improve your comfort if you have Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, bunions, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or stone bruises. They also make walking more comfortable if the fat pads under your feet have thinned as you've gotten older.
  • You experience frequent ankle sprains: You may be more likely to develop future sprains after a bad sprain due to ankle instability. Adding a custom orthotic to your shoe supports your foot and reduces the risk that you'll turn your ankle again.
  • You have leg, hip, or back pain: Your feet support your weight and help keep your bones properly aligned. If you have a foot imbalance or turn your feet too far inward or outward when you walk, the alignment of your bones may be affected. As a result, you may develop pain in your legs, hips, or back. Supporting your feet with orthotics can help ease your pain.
  • You need to reduce pressure on your feet: Pressure can make many conditions feel worse, including arthritis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, and tendonitis. Fortunately, orthotics can ease the pressure. Orthotics can also help you avoid blisters and friction if you have diabetes.
  • You're prone to foot and ankle pain after running or play sports: By properly supporting your feet with orthotics, you may be less likely to develop tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other conditions.

Are you ready to find out if orthotics could help you? Call your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your appointment.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
July 09, 2021

Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat at home. No matter how carefully you follow the instructions on over-the-counter medications, your nails may remain thick and yellow. Fortunately, toenail laser fungus treatment offered by your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, can finally clear your nails.

Why toenail laser fungus treatment is a good option

Over-the-counter medications only penetrate the first few layers of your toenails. Unfortunately, toenail fungus can lurk deep inside the nails and on the skin under the nail. Laser fungus treatment offers a very effective way to kill the fungus in these areas.

During treatment at the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your foot doctor uses short bursts of laser energy to heat the pigments that give fungus its yellow color. Although your toe may feel a little warm or might tingle when the laser is aimed at it, laser therapy isn't painful. You won't have any pain after your treatment and can immediately resume your usual activities.

When your podiatrist activates the laser, the light beam will only target your nails. The healthy skin surrounding your nail won't be affected by the treatment.

Laser therapy offers excellent results

Laser therapy kills fungus immediately with just one treatment. Although the fungus is now dead, your toe will remain yellow until it begins to grow. As the nail grows, you'll notice that the area near the bottom of the toe looks clear. Over the next few months, as the nail continues to grow, you'll notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your nail.

Taking a few steps to prevent a new fungal infection will help you ensure that your nail never becomes yellow again. You can avoid toenail fungus by:

  • Washing and drying your feet if they become sweaty
  • Using anti-fungal foot spray
  • Wearing a different pair of shoes every day to prevent moisture from accumulating
  • Swapping your sweaty socks for dry ones throughout the day
  • Wearing sandals in public locker rooms and showers and on pool decks.

Are you struggling with toenail fungus? Call your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your visit.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
March 10, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Caring for your feet when you have diabetes doesn’t need to be challenging.

People with diabetes are prone to dealing with cracked skin, tingling and numbness in their feet. Diabetes-related foot complications are fairly common. In fact, more than 20 percent of US hospitalizations are patients with diabetes. If you want to avoid diabetic foot complications and keep yourself out of the ER, our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, podiatrists can help you create a diabetic foot care action plan to improve your foot health with diabetes.

Wash feet daily: It’s important that you are washing your feet every day with soap and water to remove dirt, germs, and bacteria. Just remember to use lukewarm water, never hot (if you have nerve damage in your feet it’s important that you test the water with your elbow first before stepping in).

Keep feet moisturized: Dry, cracked feet are prone to infections, so it’s important that you are doing your part to keep feet supple and moisturized. All you have to do is apply a moisturizer after washing and toweling dry your feet. Avoid applying moisturizer between toes, as this could increase the likelihood of fungal infection.

Trim nails properly: It’s imperative that you know how to properly trim your nails to prevent ingrown toenails and infections from setting in. Trim nails straight across, never curving at the edges, and avoid trimming nails too short (they should be level with the tips of your toes). If you’re unable to trim your own toenails, our foot doctors provide nail trimming as part of the list of diabetic foot care services they offer at their  Brooklyn - Heights, NY, offices.

Wear shoes and socks all day long: While it might sound weird, it’s important that you are wearing shoes and socks all day long even when you’re indoors. This will protect your feet from burns, cuts, and other injuries that you may be less likely to notice, especially if you have a loss of sensation in your feet. Just make sure that you are wearing properly fitted shoes and socks and that you’re swapping them out with different ones every day.

Don’t treat problems yourself: Even the smallest issues such as an ingrown toenail or fungal infection can cause serious issues if left untreated or not properly treated. This is why it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to when problems arise. It’s important that you call your foot doctor right away at any signs of redness, swelling, pain, cuts, scrapes, or an infection.

Our podiatrists can provide comprehensive and tailored foot care to diabetics living in and around Brooklyn - Heights, NY. If you are concerned about the health of your feet, give Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry a call at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
March 08, 2021
Category: nutrition
Tags: foot care   foot health   healthy food  

This National Nutrition Month during March, our team of podiatrists at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is taking the opportunity to highlight the Do’s and Don’ts of healthy eating.

Here are the three things that you should be doing:

  • Do focus on lean proteins and complex carbs, i.e., eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Doing so will ensure that the body gets an ample supply of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that it needs to stay strong and fight against diseases.
  • Do stay hydrated. It is extremely important to replenish the water that your body loses by consuming adequate water and electrolytes.
  • Do consult your podiatrist if you are overweight and need help in making changes to your diet plan and your lifestyle as a whole.

Now we come to the three things that you should avoid:

  • Don’t eat foods that are excessively oily or fatty. Not only will they affect your heart and make you at risk of heart diseases, but they will also make you inactive and lethargic.
  • Don’t consume too much sugar. Fizzy drinks and juices are mostly sugar that can play havoc with your body. As a result, diabetes is a significant threat that can damage your feet. Also, keep a lookout for the sugar content mentioned on the labels of various food products, and make your choices accordingly. 
  • Don’t ignore foot pain or discomfort in your lower limbs. Persistent pain can indicate an underlying condition that needs attention. Proper and timely treatment can save you from a lot of misery.

In case of concerns or queries regarding your podiatric needs, consult our podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, or Dr. Momna Younas, who will examine your feet and decide on the most suitable treatment required. You can call us or visit our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
March 01, 2021
Category: foot conditions

Not only does being overweight affect your major body organs, but your feet take a beating as well. Numerous studies are reflecting on the harmful effects of excess weight on our feet.

Maintaining a healthy weight can save people from a vast array of health issues and protect your feet at the same time.

Here is a list of foot and ankle issues caused by weight gain:

  • Pain in the arch the foot arch tends to flatten as your weight increases.
  • Bunions extra weight pushes your toes into each other, especially in closed shoes.
  • Hammertoes – toes tend to curl up due to excessive pressure.
  • Heel or Ball pain – with the extra burden falling on the heels and the balls of your feet, they are likely to become tender and experience pain.
  • Ankle pain – carrying extra weight can sprain your ankles and result in pain.
  • Arthritis – If your weight continues to increase, the onset of arthritis also increases. Extra weight speeds up the wear and tear process on your bones and muscles, exposing you to many other risks like fractures and an unstable gait.

Consult your podiatrist for a healthy lifestyle that will keep your weight under control and protect your feet from unnecessary damage.

Our team of experienced and qualified experts at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry can provide guidelines to reduce weight and treat the associated foot pain. Comfortable footwear, including padded insoles for shoes, custom orthotics, and physical therapy are effective ways to treat foot discomfort.

Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, to seek high-quality foot and ankle care. Call our two office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403 right away.





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