What you eat has a direct impact on your body, especially the feet. It is important to know how the food you eat can affect your feet in a variety of ways.
During this Diabetes Awareness Month, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM urge our patients with diabetes to be extra careful about what they eat. Following the diet plan and exercise routines prescribed by your doctor is essential if you want to stay healthy and safe.
Our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto has identified some common conditions that are a direct result of your dietary choices; these include:
- Diabetes and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Diabetes and PAD restrict blood flow in the lower extremities and may cause nerve damage which adversely affects your sense of feeling in the feet. Leafy vegetables and fruits, combined with daily exercise, are best to control this condition.
- Inflammation: Commonly associated with gout, arthritis or injury to the plantar fascia (the tissue that runs under your feet) causing heel pain. Sugary foods, saturated and trans fats found in junk food are common foods that aggravate inflammation.
- Osteoporosis: A condition characterized by weakening of the bones and making them prone to fractures due to brittleness. Consuming foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, such as milk, yogurt, cheese, etc., can greatly reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Light exercises also strengthen the bones and surrounding muscles.
- Edema or fluid retention: Lack of water supply or excessive salts can lead to fluid accumulation and inflammation in the ankles. Drinking plenty of water and keeping your feet elevated helps to counter this condition.
Food intake also affects your weight and, consequently, your feet end up bearing the burden. If your feet are hurting or you have concerns regarding your feet, feel free to browse through our extensive library covering an array of podiatry related topics. Please can call us at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment today.
It is crucial that you care for your feet when you have diabetes. After all, for patients with diabetes, foot infections can quickly result in more serious health concerns, and even lead to amputation. Here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, diabetic foot care is provided by our experienced podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto—read on to learn more!
Checking for Foot Wounds
One of the most important aspects of diabetic foot care is checking for foot wounds daily. The sooner a wound on the foot is discovered, the sooner it can be treated. Prompt treatment of foot wounds can prevent an infection from developing, which could lead to more serious health concerns. If foot wounds are discovered, they should be checked and treated every day until the wounds are fully healed. Types of wounds to look for when checking your feet every day include:
- Ingrown toenails
- Pressure problems
How to Care for Your Feet
In addition to checking for foot wounds on a daily basis, there are several other steps that can be taken to care for your feet when you have diabetes. For instance, an important step that you can take to care for your feet is to regularly visit our Brooklyn podiatry office for diabetic foot care. Additional steps that you can take to care for your feet include:
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Keeping the feet warm and dry
- Wearing loose socks to bed at night
- Moisturizing the skin on the feet daily
- Trimming nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
- Washing the feet daily, but avoid soaking them in water
- Wearing warm socks and shoes when the weather is cold
Improving blood circulation to the legs and feet can also keep your feet healthier. You can also promote good blood circulation by moving around throughout the day and avoiding stagnancy. It is also helpful to avoid crossing the legs when sitting since that can decrease blood flow to the feet.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
To schedule an appointment with either of our podiatrists, Drs. Joseph C. or Joseph A. Stuto, call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry at (718) 567-1403 for the Brooklyn office or (718) 624-7537 for the Brooklyn Heights location.
Are you experiencing pain in your heels and is that causing difficulty in walking? There are many reasons for heel pain, and knowing the root cause for your pain is important so that the right course of treatment is administered.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM we have identified some of the common sources of heel pain. These include:
- Achilles tendon inflammation or tendonitis;
- Bone fracture is extremely painful and can lead to an extended duration of immobility;
- Excessive weight on the heels due to ill-fitted or poorly structured shoes;
- Injury to the soft tissue or tendons that are spread across under your feet and along the sides as well;
- Painful inflammation or damage to the plantar fasciitis;
- Neuroma or nerve damage linked to diabetes can also affect the heel and cause pain.
Tissue damage and neuropathy are hard to diagnose, especially during the early stages. Precaution and care can mitigate their effects and reduce heel pain substantially.
Moreover, our patients can benefit from Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) for heel pain. This therapy is a safe and effective treatment for heel pain.
If your heels hurt and you are unsure of the cause, visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for a thorough examination, treatment, and cure. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto has a great deal of experience in treating a multitude of foot disorders and problems like injuries and wounds, fungal infections, toenail issues, stress fractures, sports injuries, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, ankle sprains and more. Don’t delay your treatment and don’t take these issues lightly, as these pains may be indications of a serious underlying problem. Contact us for more information and appointments. Know that your feet are important to us!
This November, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM are working hard to make our patients aware of the epidemic that is spread all over the globe, i.e. diabetes. During this Diabetes Awareness Month, we shall focus on the early warning signs of the onset of diabetes.
Here are some of the most common indications that should not be ignored or taken lightly:
- Thirst urges that do not quench easily,
- Having excessively dry mouth,
- The feeling of being physically drained or extreme lethargy,
- The need to urinate after very short intervals,
- Tingling or numbness, especially in the lower legs and feet,
- Swelling near the ankles or other joints of your body,
- Weakening of your eyesight or having a blurred vision.
If you notice any of the above symptoms or are unsure about your condition, we strongly advise you to seek professional help right away. Most of the time, your feet are the first to tell you that something is wrong. Visit your podiatrist regularly so that this disease can be caught in the early stages.
While the world has seen a drastic increase in Type 2 diabetes in recent times, if diagnosed early, the damage can be controlled through changes in your diet supplemented by medication to control your blood sugar levels.
While managing any form of diabetes can be challenging, everything you do to gain better control of your health is worth it. Changes in your lifestyle like consuming healthy foods, avoiding sugary stuff, exercising, and watching your weight will help you get on the right track to combat this disease. Let’s join hands to fight this menace and commit to proper podiatric care for the best results.
Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto has vast experience in providing diabetic foot care solutions. Regular visits and thorough examinations can save you from extreme measures like amputation and loss of limb. For more information on diabetic foot conditions or other foot-related concerns, you can contact us at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment today.
Your ankles are complicated structures of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A sprain occurs when one or more of these ligaments become overstretched or torn due to some abnormal foot position.
Here are some reasons for ankle sprains:
- Sudden or unexpected movement exerts unwarranted pressure on the ankles, especially while running and other competitive sports like tennis.
- Twists or rolling of your feet can damage the tendons and result in a sprain.
- If you have sprained your ankles once and did not let it heal properly, chances are that the frequency of your sprains might increase.
- Repeated sprains can even end in bone fractures.
How can you treat ankle sprains? Here are a few tips:
- A minor sprain can be addressed with rest, ice application, compression and elevation (RICE treatment).
- At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we urge our patients to consult their podiatrists right away to avoid any long-term damage to your ankles and feet. Our podiatrists will perform any necessary tests and x-rays so that the right course of treatment can be administered.
- Foot specialists may recommend flexing exercises and stretches that enable the muscles to regain their strength.
- Orthotic devices may be used to correct your gait and give adequate support to your ankles and feet for stability and balance.
Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto provides a wide array of podiatric services to help you maintain healthy and pain-free feet. Our experts are experienced in treating foot and ankle problems such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, stress fractures, flat feet, bone and joint protrusions, fungal toenail and skin infections and more. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 for your ease and convenience. Feel free to contact us for information and appointments.
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