Podiatrist Blog

When you take off your socks and notice that your nails just aren’t as healthy, shiny, and smooth as they used to be, this can sometimes take the wind out of your sails. As we age, partake in new experiences, or experience a trauma, it can affect our toenails. Our toenails are delicate and are easily susceptible to these changes. Sometimes the nails become rigid, brittle, or discolored. It can be very hard to get them back into the tip-top shape that we once enjoyed. Although it can be hard, it is not impossible, especially now that there is Keryflex available from your podiatrist.

Keryflex is a nail restoration system that restores your toenail to its original, natural appearance. This procedure is completely painless and can be conducted during a regular appointment in your podiatrist’s office. Your podiatrist will put a coating of this resin on the nail and begin to reshape the nail that is affected by fungus, trauma or defect.

The resin that is used is made out of nonporous material. It is also flexible so that as the new natural nail grows out, it can do so in a healthy manner. It is also very strong and holds up well. It is not affected by nail polish remover that is acetone based, nor is it affected by nail polish. This makes it an ideal cosmetic improvement because it can still be used in regular activities.

Although Keryflex is a great way to fix damaged nails, it does have its limits. People who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, arterial insufficiency, ingrown toenails, or a pigment deficiency should not use Keryflex.  If you have known allergies to any of the ingredients in Keryflex, it is also not advised to use the product.

Keryflex is a great alternative for those who want to have healthy looking nails without the long wait. Healthy, stronger nails are now within reach when you go to your podiatrist’s office. If you suffer from fungus, nail defect or trauma of the nail, you should see a podiatrist right away to treat the problem as well as any underlying causes. After treatment has commenced, then Keryflex may be used.

Considering Keryflex due to a problem with your natural nail? Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can determine if Keryflex is right for you. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 11, 2018
Category: Foot Surgery

Having to go through any foot or ankle surgery can be very nerve-racking. The foot and ankle sometimes need to be operated on in order to fix the problems they are facing with surgical tools, reconstruction, and other medical methods. Without the use of surgery, some people would no longer be able to walk. Thanks to today’s technology and advancements, surgery has gone from a large incision to something smaller and easier to recover from.

Arthroscopy is a type of surgery that allows a surgeon to use a very small incision to diagnose and then treat foot and ankle conditions, specifically in the joints.

How is it done?

A tiny telescope is inserted into the designated area and moved around gently. This telescope has a camera and light on it so the surgeon can see into the patient. The image is displayed on a screen in the operating theatre and viewed by the doctor and his or her colleagues, allowing them to make a proper diagnosis.

What disorders can it detect and treat?

  • Big toe joint problems
  • Achilles tendinitis - it can look at the inflamed tissue and remove any dead or dying tissue
  • Ankle fusion surgery
  • Toe fusion surgery
  • Foot fusion surgery
  • Ankle joint defects

Why choose this method?

  • The scar where the incision is made is much smaller than a traditional incision.
  • Your hospital stay will be shorter because the smaller incision is easier to heal from.
  • Shorter rehabilitation time.

What are the risks?

  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • If arthroscopy is unsuccessful, open surgery may be used in its place causing longer rehabilitation time

Having a surgery should never be considered lightly. Consult with a podiatrist before making any decisions regarding your foot or ankle health. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you decide whether or not foot or ankle surgery is right for you and your ailment. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care

The United States Census Bureau reports that about 15 percent of Americans are over the age of 65, and that number is expected to geriatric foot careincrease. To your podiatrists in Brooklyn, NY Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, these numbers translate to greater need for geriatric foot care. At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, your professional team compassionately cares for the needs of the elderly population. Learn more here.

What geriatric foot care involves

As we age, so do our feet and ankles. Limited mobility and changes in gait, skin, sensation and circulation may impede how we walk, how our feet feel and how truly healthy they are.

Common podiatric problems in the geriatric population include:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers
  • Bunions, hammertoes and other defornities
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown and fungal toenails

Your podiatrists at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry recommend seniors receive regular podiatric exams (at least once a year). Dr. Stuto carefully examines skin and nails, checks gait and inspects for deformities and active infections. Then, he sets up a care plan to address any concerns and to maintain good health.

Advice for your feet

To keep your feet moving and pain-free, Dr. Stuto recommends the following practices:

  • Wash and dry your feet daily.
  • Moisturize your feet.
  • Inspect your feet for scratches, sores, areas of redness or changes in the nails.
  • Wear clean socks every day.
  • Keep your shoes on to avoid bruising and lacerations.
  • Trim your nails regularly, cutting straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Stay as mobile as possible.
  • Do not cross your legs when sitting because this impairs circulation.
  • Wear shoes with good support and wide toe boxes. (Heels should be no higher than two inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association.)

If you experience pain, numbness or tingling, or spot a change in skin color (blue or black) or texture, call the office right away for an appointment, particularly if you are diabetic.

We can help

At Stoto Foot Specialist Podiatry, your foot health is our priority. If you or a loved one would like to begin routine podiatric care, please contact one of our convenient offices for an appointment. For Remsen St. in Brooklyn, NY call (718) 624-7537. For the 7th Avenue office, phone (718) 567-1403.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 05, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: ingrown toenail   callus   pedicure  

At home self-care is important for everyone. Not only does it promote good health, it also allows us to stay in tune with our bodies. There are all types of different methods of self-care that can be done at home. Some of these methods are washing, facials, meditation, and sleeping.  All of these simple tasks are good for the mind and the body in different ways. Sometimes, as we care for ourselves, we forget some of the other parts of our body that we use constantly. A good example of an often-forgotten part of the body is our feet. Our feet are our main source of mobility and deserve a little pampering.

One great way to pamper and care for our feet to keep them happy and healthy is by performing an at-home pedicure.

Step 1: Soak your feet. Fill up the tub or a bucket with warm water and add in some soap, Epsom salt, or your favorite bath oils. Pop your feet into the water and allow them to soak for up to 15 minutes. This softens the skin and makes it easier for you to scrub off dead skin, calluses and push back cuticles on the toenails later.

Step 2: Grab a file and work on those calluses. Be careful as you file them away. Too much filing can cause pain and tenderness in the foot. It can also take off layers of healthy skin. Stick to it just until the callus area feels soft and smooth again.

Step 3: Scrub your feet. You can use a loofa and your favorite bath soap to get rid of the dead skin that is plaguing your feet.

Step 4: Nail care full steam ahead. Make sure your nails are trimmed and tidy. Be sure to cut them straight across to avoid getting ingrown toenails later. Also, oil and push back your cuticles gently so that the nail can breathe and grow healthily.

Step 5: Grab some polish and paint your nails if you desire. Try to stay away from nail polishes that have orange as a base in the color, as these can cause nails to yellow over time.

While pampering your feet, you might notice an ulcer or other deformities. If you do, be sure to consult a podiatrist right away. Although a pedicure is good for your feet, it does not prevent underlying disease and conditions. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can determine which type of foot or ankle condition your at-home pedicure brought to light. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 29, 2018
Category: toe conditions
Tags: diabetes   foot fractures   injury   toe   pain  

It is very easy to forget about our feet. We use them on a constant basis to get from one place to another, but we do not really think about their care or health. Usually, the topic of our feet comes up when it is sandal season or if a problem occurs with them. That is when we really take charge of their health and try to remedy any problem that has occurred. Another time we tend to pay attention to our feet is during a minor injury, for example, a stubbed toe. Stubbing our toe is extremely painful and it reminds us that we do indeed have extremities that are getting us from place to place. Due to some misfortune, we overstep or misstep and BAM! Our toe is stubbed and we are in excruciating pain. Most of us try to walk it off without knowing what exactly happened to the integrity and stability of the toe at the time.

Pain Starts in the Brain

Everyone feels pain differently. What is painful to one person can cause absolutely no pain to another person. Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, pain is in the core of the brain. Everyone has their own brain that responds differently to messages it receives. These messages are transferred to the brain by our nervous system. Your toes have nerves at the tips that help the body respond to different sensations. Hot, cold, pain, pleasure and other sensations are all picked up at the nerve. The nerve then has the job to take this sensation and translate it to the brain. The brain then triggers the portion of itself that has feeling and you get the pain of a stubbed toe.

The brain doesn’t do this to inconvenience you - it is there to serve a purpose. This purpose is to warn the body about imminent danger or threat and try to get it to stop partaking in the activity or action that causes the pain. This helps the body avoid severe foot and ankle injuries such as breaks and fractures of the bones.

Sometimes this pain can be dulled due to other foot and ankle conditions. Patients who suffer from diabetes and have nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) tend to lack the sensation of pain. These patients are at a higher risk for severe foot and ankle problems due to this lack of sensation. Patients who suffer from a lack of sensation in the feet should consult with a podiatrist regularly to examine their feet and be sure they are healthy. If you don’t have a podiatrist yet, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can take images of your toe to see whether or not it has been dealt significant damage from its injury. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

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