With summer temperatures still lingering, flip-flops are a popular choice for footwear. These easy slip-ons are undoubtedly the breeziest shoes you can find to beat the heat. However, are they really a healthy option for your feet?
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we want our clients to be aware of their advantages and disadvantages.
- Convenience and ease of wearing are two of the most visible pros of flip-flops.
- They are available in large varieties and usually do not cost a lot.
- Flip-flops are best suited to protect your feet in places like gym lockers, pool showers, etc.
- They are extremely harmful to the shape of your feet as they provide no support to the arches and expose the heels to excess stress.
- They do not have the required grip to hold your feet in place. Therefore, chances of tripping or falling are enhanced while wearing flip-flops.
- Lack of grip forces your toes to hold the strap in between the shoes, increasing the risk of developing bunions.
- There is also the possibility of developing blisters between the toes due to constant rubbing and friction.
- Flip-flops are not suitable for extended durations, especially if your day includes a considerable amount of walking or running.
- They lack shock absorption.
Despite their attractiveness, it’s not advisable to wear these shoes frequently. You may also fall prey to heel pain or plantar fasciitis if you do not limit your use of flip-flops.
In case you are suffering from heel pain or feel any discomfort, we urge you to see your podiatrist for the best care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, bunions, flat feet, ankle sprains, and sports injuries. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.
Our feet are amazingly complex structures, and their functionality is even more intricate. Yet we take our feet for granted and assume mobility as given. However, even the slightest damage or harm to these assets can severely hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks like standing, walking, going from one place to another, even resting.
It won’t come as a surprise that majority of people suffer from at least one foot condition, ranging from bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon, heel or arch pain, fractures or sprains, to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and more.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to adopt a few measures and make them a part of their lifestyle so that they can enjoy their feet to the fullest. Some of the important ones include:
- Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
- Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide ample support to your heel, arch and the balls of your toes. The right size of footwear is equally critical: too tight or too loose will damage your feet either way.
- Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
- Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
- Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
- Cut your toenails straight to prevent toenail infection and ingrown toenails.
Seek help from our board-certified podiatrist if you notice anything unusual or feel any discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto for more information.
Who doesn’t like to be carefree and enjoy wearing comfy shoes without worrying about foot odor? Unfortunately, an unimaginably large majority of people suffer from this odorous condition.
Did you know that your feet have 250,000 sweat glands? That amounts to an entire cup full of sweat per day! Not surprisingly, it is the sweat and the bacteria that thrive on the sweat that leads to smelly feet. Fungal skin and nail infections can also cause the odor.
Here are a few measures that you can adopt to avoid foot odor:
- Make sure that your feet are clean and dry. Washing them daily with anti-bacterial soap and drying them thoroughly before putting on any socks or shoes is important in preventing foot odor.
- Wear socks that are made from breathable fabric. Your socks should be clean and dry too. If the sweat keeps accumulating inside them, not only will that cause your feet to smell, but it will also expose your feet to fungal and bacterial infections.
- Switch shoes frequently and allow for a gap before repeating the same shoes. Spraying your footwear with antiseptic will kill any bacteria or fungi that may be present inside.
- Add soap combined with any odor killing ingredients like apple cider vinegar or tea tree to water and soak your feet in it. Remove any dead skin and dry your feet for better results.
Feel free to consult our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto who has vast experience in treating foot and ankle conditions like sports injuries, diabetic foot complications, infections, bone and joint issues and more. Call us at (718) 624-753 or visit our offices in located in Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn, New York. Remember, healthy feet are happy feet!
While most ankle sprains occur due to sports activities, it is common to experience sprains due to other reasons as well such as tripping, injuries and the like.
There is no doubt that ankle sprains need to be treated by a doctor or a medical professional; however, here are a few tips to safeguard your ankles effectively:
- The ‘RICE’ method is quite well known to treat ankle sprains, i.e. rest, ice application, compression, and elevation.
- Rest is critical as any damaged tissue inside your feet and ankles will not get any time to recuperate and return to health if you do not allow any time between your physical activities.
- Physical therapy not only protects your feet and ankles, but it also helps in speeding up the healing process and alleviating issues like joint pains, bone deformities, arch issues, etc.
- Wearing the right footwear that is shock-absorbent and softer on the heels is useful to enhance the health of your feet. Sudden movements, especially in intense workouts, may result in sprains and injuries if proper footwear is not used.
- Orthotic inserts are also an excellent tool to ensure stability and balance, thereby reducing your chances of spraining your ankles.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our podiatrist is not only equipped with the latest technology but also possesses vast experience in treating a diverse range of foot conditions like fungal toenails, bunions, arthritis, diabetic nerve damage to the feet, ingrown toenails, fractures, sprains and more.
If you have any foot pain or if you require any further information regarding the health of your feet, feel free to contact us or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can examine your feet and prescribe the right course of treatment accordingly.
Orthotic inserts are the most widespread and safe solutions to a number of foot and ankle problems. While standard inserts are available over-the-counter, orthotic inserts that are customized by a podiatrist to treat a specific problem are more effective.
Here are some of the most frequent issues that can be addressed by using orthotics:
- Inflammation of the tissue under your foot that connects the heel with the toes, also known as plantar fasciitis;
- Heel and arch pain caused by inadequate support or ill-shaped shoes that harm the shape of your feet;
- Soreness due to Achilles tendonitis;
- The occurrence of bunions and other bone and joint deformities are mostly seen as a result of wearing poorly-fitted shoes;
- Corns and calluses that cause your skin to become hard and scaly, making you prone to fungal infections and bacteria;
- Swelling and pain experienced at the ball of the foot arising from excessive stress on the feet;
- Muscle sprains and bone fractures may be avoided due to enhanced stability and a stronger grip.
Depending on the kind of foot condition our patients have, our podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto can recommend either a soft orthotic insert or a hard one, designed exclusively to treat the particular issue that you are encountering.
It is important and more beneficial to get the inserts customized according to the shape of your feet. If your insert does not provide your feet the support it is supposed to, your feet could suffer even more.
Know that your orthotics can take you a long way if you let them. Make the right choice and use the inserts for your well-being. For your queries regarding orthotic inserts, or any questions regarding the condition of your feet, feel free to contact Joseph Stuto, DPM at (718) 624-7537. Our team of experts is experienced and trained to treat a diverse range of ankle and foot disorders and are here to address your concerns.
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