A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a progressive foot disorder in which the big toe points inwards towards the other toes, forcing one of the metatarsal bones to protrude outwards. Bunions can cause pain, inflammation, stiffness, and swelling of the big toe joint, which can affect your day-to-day functions – making simple chores, such as cooking, shopping, and walking the dog, unpleasant.
In many cases, the misalignment of the bone is due to a genetic predisposition; however, many other factors can contribute to the development of bunions such as obesity, flat feet, and tight shoes. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry share some of the habits you need to do away with to stop your bunions from getting worse.
- Wearing tight-fitted and pointy shoes
Tight and pointy shoes can squeeze the foot and make your bunions worse. The exerted pressure from tight footwear can crowd your toes together, causing the big toe to move inwards and the bone at the base of your big toe to protrude outwards. Avoid high heels as they can force your feet into an unnatural position, causing additional stress on the ball of the foot and aggravate your bunion. You may want to switch to low heel shoes that are no more than 2 inches high. Wearing the right shoes can help you keep optimal foot health.
- Wearing shoes without good arch support
Arch support is essential! Shoes without arch support can cause painful foot conditions such as bunions, collapsed arches, or plantar fasciitis. A shoe with good arch support helps redistribute pressure across your feet evenly, correct your posture, and add comfort to your movement. Limit your use of flip-flops and shoes with a flat bottom.
- Playing sports that involve repetitive movements
The repetitive motions or the sudden/forceful flexing of the big toe during sports can worsen your bunion. If you already have a bunion, opt for sport or exercise that is joint- and toe-friendly.
If your bunion is causing chronic pain or interrupts your quality of life, contact Dr. Stuto's Brooklyn office at (718) 624-7537 today to schedule an appointment. Our team offers several treatment options, including orthotics. Feel free to browse through our patient library for more information on podiatry related topics.
Goodbyes are tough, even if it means bidding farewell to your favorite pair of shoes. Yes, the shoes you wear have a limited lifespan which is usually measured in miles. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every 300 to 500 miles. If you hang onto your shoes past their prime, they can cause more harm and damage to your body than many people might think. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry are sharing a podiatrist-approved trick to tell when it is time to part ways with your shoes.
The tabletop test — this 10-second test is an easy and straightforward way to tell if your shoes are genuinely in need of a replacement.
Just place your shoes on a tabletop or any flat surface, at eye level, and assess whether it lays flat on the counter/surface. Examine the entire sole surface carefully. If the sole is old, worn out, or uneven, it’s time to replace your shoes. If your shoes tilt to one side or wobble easily, it can increase your risk for injury and cause foot issues.
Keep in mind that shoes are not all built the same. Knowing when it’s time to let go of your shoes can save your feet from a lot of pain, discomfort, and potential injuries. If you feel any pain in your lower extremities, talk to a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.
Contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. Our team of foot doctors can help you uncover the causes of your pain and help correct an irregular walking pattern you may have because of poor footwear or otherwise. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
Every foot tells a story – it can reveal the secrets behind your most common foot concerns. And because January is Thyroid Awareness Month, today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing how pain in your feet can be a sign of developing thyroid disorder – also known as hypothyroidism -- and what to look for before you go see your doctor or podiatrist for a formal diagnosis.
What is hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism commonly occurs when your thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck just below Adam's apple (larynx), becomes underactive and does not produce enough hormones to meet the body’s metabolic changes and needs. The lack of hormones in the body can cause chemical imbalances and lead to metabolism and autoimmune disorders. Any abnormality or dysfunction in these hormones can have adverse effects on your overall health, including your foot health.
Primary symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Sensitive to temperature variations (cold feet)
- Dry, flaky feet
- Muscles aches and cramps
- Weight gain
- Enlarged thyroid
- Hair loss
- Tiredness and weakness
A minor foot problem can reveal signs of underlying health issues that, if caught early, can save your life. If you have a history of thyroid disease or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s best to see your foot doctor for diagnosis and treatment. An untreated underactive thyroid can cause long term complications, including depression and heart disease.
Anything related to your thyroid deserves our utmost attention. A careful diagnosis is important. Contact Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your very first appointment for 2021! We are here to help you with all your foot and ankle problems. Our two offices are located at 100 Remsen St Brooklyn, New York 11201 and 9036 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11228.
The winter season calls for special care of our body and feet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes. The winter elements combined with numbness and decreased circulation can leave people with diabetes vulnerable to ulcers, frostbite, infections, and even amputation.
Diabetic patients must practice a regular foot care regimen year-round. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing some essential tips that can help you better care for your diabetic feet this winter:
- Examine your feet carefully for any pressure points on your feet and toes. Look for anything different such as changes in color or odor, discharge, cuts, corns, or wounds. Use a mirror to check the bottom of the feet.
- The winter months tend to draw moisture away from the skin. Apply moisturizer to your feet daily to keep them soft, supple, and hydrated. Diabetes can damage nerves and decrease circulation, which can also negatively affect the function of sweat glands. Daily moisturizing is a must-do for diabetic patients to avoid dry and cracked skin.
- Keep your feet dry and warm to avoid the buildup of bacteria and other fungal infections. If your feet feel damp, change out of wet socks and shoes as soon as you can.
- Keep your toenails trimmed to avoid infections, ulcers, and ingrown toenails. Be sure to cut them straight across and not too short. Your podiatrist can help!
- Wear special diabetic shoes that ensure healthy feet.
Treat your feet well all winter by incorporating these tips into your foot care regimen. If you are worried about your feet and toes due to diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet or lower extremities, call the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule an appointment. Our team of foot doctors can help treat all your acute and chronic issues. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
You can save your feet from many aches, pains, stress, tension, and other issues, if you know the signs or symptoms of common foot problems. With so many errands to run, shopping, traveling, cooking, gatherings and parties to attend, and spending more than usual time on your feet, the holiday season can make us lose sight of an important – yet underrated issue – your foot health. Today, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing some of the signs and pains to look out for as you set a date for your next appointment.
Signs of foot pain: Foot pain can be a sign of a greater health issue. If you notice any pain and discomfort in your foot or ankle that does not subside even after rest and icing, call your doctor or podiatrist right away for diagnosis and treatment.
Signs of infection: Infections can become dangerous if not treated right away, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation problems. If you notice any signs of infection, including pain, swelling, redness, discolored nails, heat, or even discharge or smell, then be sure to see your foot doctor as soon as possible.
Non-healing wounds: If your wound is not healing correctly, it might be a sign of an underlying condition that needs proper investigation. People with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease are at an increased risk of developing non-healing wounds and infections. No wound or injury is too small. Seek advice from your podiatrist or health care professional urgently.
If you notice any of these signs or other concerning symptoms, contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. Our team of foot doctors can help diagnose and treat all your podiatric problems. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.
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