Podiatrist Blog
By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 11, 2017
Category: foot care tips

In ordinary everyday life, we use our feet and ankles a lot. They get us everywhere we need to go at all sorts of paces. They are so important yet we often forget about them. Sometimes this forgetfulness can cause a problem. This is because when someone uses their feet continuously, over time the foot and the ankle can begin to suffer from injuries. These injuries can range from mild to severe. All of them should be treated by a professional podiatrist for the best results.

  • Sever's Disease – This overuse disease is caused from inflammation of the heel bone. It occurs before the body's skeleton is fully mature. Its main target of attack is the growth plate near where the Achilles tendon attaches itself to the foot. A heel pad, heel cup, rest, ice, stretching, and modified exercising can help this disorder. In order to prevent it from occurring, jumping should be limited. Sometimes, in more severe cases, casting is required for treatment.
  • Plantar Fasciitis – This condition causes inflammation of the sole of the foot also known as the plantar arch. It is most bothersome first thing in the morning and usually gets better throughout the day. It can last for a long or short period of time and can come back in waves if not properly treated. Arch supports, rest, ice, and modified exercises are helpful when treating this condition.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – This painful disorder is caused by the overuse of the Achilles tendon. A lot of jumping typically causes this condition. In most cases, it affects people aged 14 and up. Anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice, exercise, and stretching can help this condition heal over time.
  • Stress Fracture – Stress fractures occur when the body is subjected to repeated episodes of micro traumas. Usually a sudden increase in exercise will cause these types of fractures. If these fractures are not properly treated, they can become more severe and cause a full fracture to the body part.

Do you play sports and expose your feet to overuse repeatedly? Are you suffering from arch or tendon pain? Then it is time to call Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Stuto Foot and Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. These highly trained podiatrists will diagnose your overuse injury and get you back up on your feet in no time. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. You will not be disappointed.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   blisters   spurs   high heels   osteoarthritis  

Women have a large array of different types of shoes that they can choose to wear to work. Flats, clogs, sandals, boat shoes, and, most commonly, high heels. High heels are one of the most common types of shoes that women wear to their places of employment. While working long shifts, they keep the heels on the entire time. These high heels are known to be a top cause of foot and ankle problems. Due to the high risk these heels cause, podiatrists try to warn women away from them. Podiatrists see many women every day in their offices due to these high heel induced problems. Some women assume that wider heels are less harmful and that there are tips and tricks to getting around these issues. The reality is all heels can contribute to the deterioration of the foot and can cause osteoarthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of the cartilage that is located in the joint. It normally occurs in the ankle and foot joints. High heels are one of the leading causes of this condition. Other potential causes can be obesity, age, genetics, and other types of illness. When the cartilage begins to break down, the joint no longer has a cushion to rely on. This lack of cushion causes bones to begin to rub together and cause a lot of pain and suffering. This pain can then spread to the tissue that surrounds the joint and cause lasting damage.

Does Wearing Wider Heels Help?

Wider heels are not any better for your foot than narrow heels. There may be a little bit less of a chance of an ankle sprain with wider heels, but the risks are essentially the same. If you must wear heels, it is recommended to wear heels that have a heel that is 2 inches or less in height. This reduced height helps the foot stay at a more natural angle and prevents bunions, spurs, blisters, and other conditions that the foot and ankle can suffer from.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Decreased motion

Treatment

Usually, someone with osteoarthritis can only treat the symptoms. Pain medication, injections, and surgery can help assist in the lessening of the pain and suffering of the patient.

Are your feet and ankles swelling and in pain? Do you wear high heels and suffer from the symptoms listed above? It is time to see Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Stuto Foot and Ankle Group located in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Stuto will assist you in the examination and treatment of your foot and ankle condition. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is our top priority. 

By contactus@brooklyn-podiatrists.com
September 27, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Today’s modern medicine is absolutely amazing. Due to advancements in the field, the average American life expectancy has shot up over 30 years. This means that many of us will be around for many more years to come. This also means that we will be using our feet just as much.

Our feet are often referred to as a “mirror of health.” Podiatrists are usually the first doctors to encounter early signs of diabetes, arthritis and vascular diseases in the feet. Brittle nails, burning, tingling, and dry skin are all early telltale signs of these conditions of the feet.

With the right care, these foot problems can be prevented. You do not have to live your life thinking that foot pain is just part of growing older. In fact, over 300 foot and ankle ailments can be prevented just by visiting a podiatrist twice a year. A podiatrist can help pick the right shoes, give out exercise options, and use orthotics to help treat your feet.

Walking is also known to help with aging feet. The more active you are as you age, the healthier you will keep your body. Those who are bedridden and less active are more likely to suffer more severe problems because of it. When walking, it is important to wear proper shoes to help protect your feet. Shoes should not be too restrictive but should offer ample cushion, stability, shock absorption and support. Walking with the right shoes will bring you a healthier, happier lifestyle. It will also give you healthier and happier feet.

If you think that you may be suffering from early signs of a foot condition, contact Stuto Foot & Ankle Group located in Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto will examine, diagnose, and treat your feet. They have treated conditions as small as blisters and as big as foot fractures. Their knowledge is vast and their expertise is impeccable. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Let the experts help you get your feet in the best shape that they can be!

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 20, 2017
Tags: polydactyly  

The saying, “Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes, gorgeous eyes, button nose” is a phrase many of us have heard when expecting a child for the first time. Expecting a baby is both exciting and nerve racking. As a parent you worry about everything when it comes to your little bundle. Which car seat is the best? Which hospital should we use? Will they be healthy? These are all normal thoughts and fears. A general rule of thumb is that if baby enters the world with all the appropriate organs and extremities then they are healthy. What happens when they enter the world with extra digits?

When a child or person has an extra toe, it is known as polydactyly. This deformity usually occurs in about 3 to 13 cases out of every 1,000 live births of those of African American descent and 1 case per every 1,000 live births in the Caucasian population. Polydactyly is not known to be more dominant in any particular gender.

Cause

The primary cause of polydactyly is thought to be due to genetics. Somewhere a chromosome is passed down from the mother or father to the infant. This chromosome triggers the growth of the extra toe. This could be due to a hereditary genetic mutation from a prior relative’s past.

Extra toes occur on the border toes of the foot. The big toe and the baby toe are more likely to sprout an extra toe than those toes that hang out in the middle of the foot. Sometimes an entire extra toe is grown onto a baby. These toes have a vascular structure, a nail, bones, and tendons just like any other toe on the foot. Sometimes the extra toe does not form all the way. Sometimes only a small nub appears at the ends of the border toes.

Treatment

Usually surgery is required to remove the extra toe. This surgery is often complex and should be done by a trained podiatrist who also specializes in foot surgery. Surgery can occur any time after 6 months of age when the child is more likely to handle anesthesia properly.

Do you have a child that has an extra toe? Thinking about getting it removed but do not know where to go? Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn, New York has the right podiatrists and resources for you and your child. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto are both highly trained podiatrists who can properly assist you in making educated decisions about your child’s foot health. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 13, 2017

Every time a life enters this world, it is a momentous occasion. That tiny little bundle can bring so much love and joy into a home. Before they become a part of your life you spend so much time researching the best car seats, strollers, shoes, and other baby gear in order to prepare for their arrival. As a parent, you want to give them absolutely everything and also be informed about all of the new and exciting things to come. Unfortunately, we can’t always prepare ourselves for everything. In some cases, when our little ones enter the world, they can enter with differences. These differences can come in the form of illness or even deformity. One such deformity they can acquire is calcaneovalgus. This is a deformity of the foot that can be treated.

Calcaneovalgus is also known as a “packaging problem” in the podiatry world. That means that it is a deformity on the foot that can typically be corrected and looks a bit worse than it really is. This deformity occurs more often in females than it does in males. It occurs when the tibiotalar joint is incorrectly formed. The foot becomes hyperextended and at an unusual angle.

In general, calcaneovalgus occurs in about 5% of all newborns. Usually an overstretched Achilles tendon or other taught and rigid muscles will directly lead to the deformity. An x-ray can confirm a diagnosis of the deformity and then corrective action can be taken.

The prognosis for those suffering from this deformity is relatively positive. Overall, calcaneovalgus is a positional deformity. There are different types of treatment options depending on the severity of each case. In general, a child can be completely healed from the deformity.

Treatment

The severity of the deformity directly correlates with the type of treatment to be used on a patient. If the patient is only suffering from a mild case of the deformity, then stretching exercises at each diaper change can typically reverse the problem. Those with a moderate case of the deformity can typically be treated with a combination of stretching exercises and casting. Severe cases usually require surgery in order to be completely corrected.

If your child is suffering from calcaneovalgus and you are looking for a second opinion, look no further. Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn, New York has the right set of podiatrists for you. Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto can help you decide the best course of treatment for your child and their foot health. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. We care about your child’s feet and are here to give you the best professional foot care possible.

 





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