Podiatrist Blog
By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
March 16, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

Do you have a stubborn case of plantar fasciitis? If corticosteroid shots, night splints, physical therapy and other treatments haven't relieved your pain, extracorporeal shockwave therapy may be helpful. The therapy is offered by your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialists Podiatry.

What is shockwave therapy?

During your visit to the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your foot doctor may recommend shockwave therapy if you've had plantar fasciitis pain for at least six months and your condition hasn't improved with more conservative treatments.

Shockwave therapy involves aiming high-energy soundwaves, called "shock" waves, at the tissues in your heel. The treatment:

  • Improves blood flow
  • Generates new blood vessels
  • Triggers the growth of new cells
  • Promotes healing
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Relieves pain

If you're in good health, you're probably a good candidate for shockwave therapy. The therapy isn't recommended if you have neuropathy, take medication that affects blood clotting, have a vascular foot disease, are pregnant, have a seizure condition or wear a pacemaker.

What happens during shockwave therapy?

Your foot doctor applies a gel that makes it easier for the shockwaves to penetrate your tissues. They will then place a probe against your skin that sends the shockwaves into your tissues. The entire treatment usually takes less than 30 minutes.

After your treatment, you may have mild pain for a day or two that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. You'll be able to walk on your foot as soon as the anesthetic wears off, although you should avoid running and other vigorous forms of exercise for a few weeks.

You'll probably begin to feel better after your first session, although you may need several therapy sessions to experience the full benefits of extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Treatment time takes about 15-20 minutes, with three treatments total one week apart.

Are you struggling with plantar fasciitis? Shockwave therapy could help speed the healing process and ease your pain. Call your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialists Podiatry to schedule an appointment. Call us at (718) 624-7537.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
January 25, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

If you are a diabetic, it's extremely important to take good care of your feet. Diabetic complications can render your feet numb because you won't know if you get a cut or blister that doesn't heal because you won't feel it. Our experts at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry include Dr. Joseph Stuto and Dr. Lisa Fuchs and we specialize in diabetic foot care in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

What is Nerve Damage to Your Feet?

Approximately 50% of all diabetics have nerve damage in their feet in which they can't feel pain, heat, or cold. Some diabetic patients experience numbness, pain, and tingling instead. If you happen to have a blister or a cut that isn't healing properly, then you will need to visit a specialist that treats diabetics in order to get specialized medication for it. Your specialist can also direct you on how to take care of your feet when they are healing as well.

What Causes Nerve Damage?

Many factors in diabetics can cause nerve damage including high blood sugar that is hard to get regulated and having diabetes for many years. Being overweight, over 40 years old, having high cholesterol, and high blood pressure all contribute to having nerve damage in your feet.

Keeping Your Diabetic Feet Healthy

There are some items that can help you keep your feet healthy and they differ for diabetics from other people. You should wash your feet every day in warm water and dry them well. When you do this, examine your feet for any cuts, scrapes, or blisters. Wear slippers, shoes, or socks at all times--even while inside your home. This will keep you from hurting your feet on objects in the home. You should wear well-fitting shoes and trim your toenails straight across. Don't remove any calluses or corns yourself because they could get infected and over-the-counter medications can burn your sensitive feet. Instead, have your podiatrist for diabetic foot care in Brooklyn Heights, NY remove them for you in a sterile situation.

Trust The Experts for Your Diabetic Foot Care

At Stuto Food Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Stuto and Dr. Fuchs are specialists for diabetic foot care in Brooklyn Heights, NY and our team is very compassionate. If you are diabetic and need foot care, call us at (718) 624-7537 to make an appointment so we can help you to keep your feet healthy.

By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
October 12, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: orthotics  

You may already be familiar with orthotics, these are inserts that are worn inside of your shoes to help with a wide variety of foot problems. They can alleviate discomfort, help correct certain conditions, and improve the way our feet support us as we carry on everyday activities. Their early adoption, for specific cases, can help us avoid the need for surgery, and are even helpful in recovering from it. Orthotics fall into a few categories, but there is even more distinction between what type of materials they are constructed, to learn more you can reach out to Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

Soft Orthotics

For those who are suffering from pain, orthotics manufactured from soft materials are what is typically prescribed. These compress when pressure is applied to protect affected areas. They can help provide better balance and are also a common option for diabetic patients.

Rigid and Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Orthotics made of strong firm materials are usually better suited for controlling the motion of a joint and can keep the foot in a certain position to encourage correct movement altogether. These usually occupy less space in your shoe than soft orthotics.

A compromise type of orthotics between soft and rigid is referred to as semi-rigid. These are regularly used by those who practice physical activity, from regular exercise to sports.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

The types of inserts you may encounter at your local drug store can assist with easing discomfort and providing some level of support. Plastics and gel are the typical materials employed in this effort, and while they are helpful with mild conditions you should consult with your podiatrist. Your feet are very important and whatever discomfort you are feeling will rarely improve on its own, and rather than self-diagnosing you can depend on your podiatrist to discover the source of your pain. Custom-made orthotics from your doctor's office are made of better quality materials and are constructed with your foot and your condition in mind.

Orthotics in Brooklyn Heights, NY

Let your doctor guide you to the best type of orthotic for your feet, schedule a consultation today with Drs. Stuto and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn Heights, NY, by dialing (718) 624-7537.

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.

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