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Podiatrist Blog
By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 22, 2017
Category: foot conditions
Tags: arthritis   ankle pain   joint pain  

Most people have heard about arthritis and the pain that accompanies it. There is aching, throbbing, stiff joints that just don’t seem to get any relief. Many of these people associate arthritis with aging. But did you know there is more to arthritis than your age? People of all ages can suffer from arthritis for a multitude of reasons not just due to their age.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of the joint lining and cartilage. Think of it like a permanent bruise located in your joints. It can affect any joint in the body, but typically the feet and ankles are more susceptible to arthritis. This is because we put so much strain and pressure on our feet and ankles every day. We use them more than most other body parts. We use them to walk, run, jog, jump, hop, skip, dance, ski, bike. The list goes on and on. It’s pretty easy to see why our feet and ankle joints start to ache after a while.

Arthritis can affect all or some of the 33 joints that we have in our feet in ankles. Pinning down exactly which joint or joints can be tricky due to the amounts located in our feet and ankles. It is important to see a podiatrist like Dr. Joseph Stuto, in order to diagnosis the exact area the arthritis is affecting.

Age isn’t just a number when it comes to arthritis, but it is not the only deciding factor either. People who are aged 50 and older are indeed more susceptible to arthritis. They have lived longer than those younger than them and have put more mileage, stress, and pressure on their feet. Over time the wear and tear ruins the joints and cartilage and can cause arthritis. Genetics can also play a role in who ends up with arthritis though. If your family has a history of arthritis, it is likely that you and your kin will also suffer from the disorder. Age and genetics aren’t the only key players in the causes of arthritis. Those who have received trauma to their feet and ankles can also get arthritis due to the trauma. Athletic injuries, car accidents, and other traumas can cause arthritis in just about anyone at any age. 

Arthritis cannot be cured but it can be managed. At Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, we can help create a treatment plan that is right for you and your pain. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. “At Dr. Stuto’s, we believe that a foot doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual’s feet.”

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 15, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: foot fractures   gait   blisters   spurs   stance   ankle sprains  

We walk every day. That means we walk at a minimum of 365 times a year. Most of us, walk more than once a day in order to do various tasks. We learn this skill typically by the time we are one year old and continue to use it throughout our entire lifespan. That is simply a lot of walking. Walking is a key way in which we get where we need to go. Dr. Joseph Stuto and the staff at Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York, know the ins and the outs of the way we walk.

Gait

Hike, stroll, wander, glide. These are all words we can use to describe how someone walks. Another word that many podiatrists hone in on is the human gait. Gait means, the way we walk. The gait plays a key role in many ankle and foot injuries. Podiatrists see the gait as two different pieces. Stance and swing are the counterparts that make one’s gait.

Stance

Stance is when our feet are on the ground or touching the ground. First, the heel strikes the ground. Next, it rotates and goes forward. This makes it so that the forefoot and toes hit the ground. This action provides balance and stability while we walk.

Swing

Swing is when your foot is no longer touching the ground. It is suspended in mid-air, or moving through the air. While walking, it is that in-between moment when your foot is going forward, or backward in the air.

If you rely too heavily on one foot or the other while walking, it could lead to serious side effects. Your feet and ankles could suffer from this continued strain. An abnormal gait can cause a variety of issues. These issues could include, sprains, fractures, blisters, spurs and other disorders.

If you have experienced pain in your feet or ankles and think it may be due to an abnormal gait it is important that you call us right away. Dr. Stuto and his high trained staff will assist you in diagnosing the issue and provide a thorough treatment and prevention plan. You can call our office at 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. We look forward to helping you attain a better, healthier you.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   shoe laces   Achilles Heel  

People wear shoes every single day. Dr. Joseph Stuto, teachers, nurses, parents, and children alike all wear shoes to protect their feet. Many of these shoes have shoelaces that keep them on your feet. These shoelaces come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There are numerous ways to mix, match, and lace your shoes for style purposes as well as health purposes. Did you know that lacing your shoes the right way can actually help your feet and prevent injury?

Basic Lace Tips

  1. Loosen your laces before putting on your shoes. You can cause your foot pain, stress, and upset nerves in the foot.
  2. Always lace your shoes from the holes closest to your toes up to your ankles. This provides the best possible fit and stability for your foot.
  3. After lacing through a set of eyelets, be sure to pull the laces tightly so there is no excess lace and the shoe fits snugly.
  4. The more eyelets a shoe has, the better the shoe will fit you.

Lacing for Narrow Feet

People with Narrow feet should lace their shoes using the holes that are farthest away from the tongue of the shoe. It provides the best fit and stability.

Lacing for Wide Feet

People with wide feet should use the inner eyelets to lace their shoes. It tightens closer to the center and prevent rubbing on the outside of the feet.

Achilles Heel have you Reeling?

Be sure to lace your shoes using all of the eyelets provided. Be extra careful and lace everything closest to the heel the tightest. This will alleviate pain in the heel and provide stability and support.

Have feet that are narrow at the bottom but wide at the heel? Bunions getting in the way of a proper fit? Call the office of Joseph Stuto, DPM. Dr. Joseph Stuto is ready and waiting to answer all your lacing questions. His office is conveniently located in Brooklyn, New York. Make an appointment online or call the office today at 718-624-7537. We are here to get your feet in the clear.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 01, 2017
Category: ankle facts

Podiatrists everywhere deal with ankles and feet every day. There are muscle injuries, bone injuries, diseases and other ailments that can affect us. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn, New York, we have seen just about everything. One of the most common questions we receive is, what is an ankle made up of and why is it so important?

Although podiatry is not solely focused on the ankle and its injuries, many podiatrists like Joseph Stuto, DPM and his staff treat ankles too. After all, the ankle is connected to the foot bone. Seven bones, called tarsals, make the composition of an ankle. These bones are held together by muscles and ligaments. These muscles and ligaments are often susceptible to sprains, tears, and other injuries that can wreak havoc on your day to day life.

The muscles and ligaments connect the ankle bones to the foot. The ankle also connects the foot to the lower leg bones known as the tibia and fibula. The ankle acts as a connection or joint from the foot to the leg and allows us to move around.

The ankle is also known to help keep your balance and keep you upright. Due to the joint, muscles, and ligaments, the ankle is flexible enough to move front and back as you walk and allows for the flexibility your body needs when running, jumping, walking, and moving.

Without the flexibility of the ankle, your entire body will start to feel negative effects of physical exertion. Due to the connective nature of the ankle, you could see problems in your feet, your legs, knees, hips, spine, and overall health.

When walking forward the muscles in our ankles flex forward to compensate for the movement. If your ankle locked up or was immobile your body can no longer rely on it to help compensate for the pressure of walking. As such, the body looks for another way to help counteract the pressure and strain of the movement. This is where your knees, feet, hips, and other important joints get involved. Over time, as your ankle is locked, the added pressure builds up and can cause aches, pains, and tears. These injuries can cause lifelong pain and suffering and could adversely affect your day to day lifestyle.

Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York knows just how important your ankles are and how they can affect your body as a whole. Want to talk anatomy? Think you might have a locked ankle or other underlying issues? Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today. We strive to get you and your ankles able again.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: calluses   basic care  

After a long winter season, our feet have been hidden away and neglected. Due to indoor heating, our skin has dried out and started to crack. This can be especially painful on our feet. Now that summer is just around the corner, it is time to get our feet into prime shape, and ready for sandals. With a little bit of love and basic care, you can have your feet ready in no time. Here are four ways to keep your feet hydrated and sandal-ready.

Moisturize

Using lotion, foot masks, a moisturizer can help hydrate and revitalize your feet. It is important to use a moisturizing agent at least twice a day. A good way to keep track of this is to lotion up once in the morning, and once after a bath or shower. When choosing a moisturizer be sure to avoid those with alcohol as they have adverse hydrating effects. Also, try to avoid lotions with mineral oils infused in them, they tend to prevent lotion from being absorbed into the skin.

Drink Water

Hydrating your body is important from your head all the way down to your feet. Without proper hydration, your body begins to dry out and your skin starts to crack. Your feet, being father away from other vital organs, tend to be one of the first body parts to suffer from dehydration. Be sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to keep your feet happy and soft.

Cast off Calluses

Calluses appear on our feet to protect the areas that get the most traction. Although calluses can be helpful, they can spread the dry, cracked state of your feet. Due to the lack of elasticity, the calluses on the feet spread causes longer, deeper, ridges. Use a pumice stone to gently remove your calluses. After removing the calluses, moisturize your feet. This will help prevent the spread of dry skin.

Wear Socks

After moisturizing, consider throwing on a pair of socks. Socks keep your feet protected from harsh elements and environments. Wearing socks also helps prevent moisture from escaping. This tactic will hydrate your feet and make them soft as silk.

Are your feet still scaling? Tried moisturizing for weeks to no avail? It’s time to call, Joseph Stuto, DPM, your local podiatrist. Dr. Joseph Stuto is multi-board certified and has two convenient locations in Brooklyn, New York. Do not wait until it’s too late! Book an appointment now. You can contact us via phone at 718-624-7537. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online here. We look forward to meeting you and aiding you in getting your feet sandal-ready!





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